Scalable Campus Networks

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This will be an intense hands-on five (5) day training to teach skills required for the configuration and operation of large scale campus networks. The training will be held from October 27-31, 2014.


After this training the participants will be able to design and implement a large scale campus network. This course will provide the techies with the necessary TCP/IP skills to administer a campus network.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for technical staff that operates a TCP/IP network with international connectivity and inter-campus connectivity.


1. IPv4 addressing and general network concepts 2. Knowledge of UNIX and/or Linux 3. Three Years’ Experience as Network Administrators / IP Network Engineers 4. Target Group: Network Administrator/engineers, ICT infrastructure managers and Systems Administrators

Course content

The course is divided into two; Campus networks, Scalable networks

Campus Networks

Campus Network design principles & Best Practices Campus Networks Design.

IP address routing & management(addressing, subnetting)

Campus Network Physical cable Infrastructure

Hierarchical Design

Scalable Networks

Cisco switch configuration basics

HP configuration essentials

Switching Architecture -STP

Introduction to IEEE 802.1q (VLANS)


Switch troubleshooting

Campus Network monitoring

Cyber Security

Research Infrastructure

Items Required

Each Participant is to bring a laptop with wireless connectivity. Each participant is to submit the campus network diagram


Name Organization

Martin Njau (MN) KENET

Joan Masai (JM) KENET

Cornelius Achiki(CA) KENET

Judah Opuck (JO) KENET

Michelle Opiyo (MO) KENET

Hillary Cheserek(HC) KENET

Ronald Osure (RO) KENET


No.Names Designation Institution 1. Tonny Musyoka Kimanzi ICT Officer South Eastern Kenya University

2. Victor Ngatiri ICT Manager Pan African Christian University

3. Eric Gichaba Nyamwaya ICT technician St. Pauls University

4. Dismas Kitaria Tendet Network Administrator Meru University of Science and Technology.

5. Wilson Kariuki System Administrator Muranga University College

6. Boniface Kamau Network Engineer Dedan Kimathi University

7. Richard Kimanzi Network Engineer Dedan Kimathi University

8. Tobias Otibine Network Administrator Kibabii University College

9. Abdirazaq Abdi ICT Director Umma university

10. Patrick Muoka Network Administrator Maasai Mara University

11. Ismael Onchiri Network Administrator Maasai Mara University

12. Gordon Otieno Ouma Ag. ICT Manager Kisii University

13. Joel Mutungi Network Administrator University of Eastern Africa, Baraton

14. Vasta Mkambe Network Administrator Technical University of Mombasa

15. Peter Bala Network Administrator Maseno University

16. Geoffrey Njoga IT Support KCA University

17. Carol Kimani ICT officer Laikipia University

18. Geoffrey Sowek ICT Manager University of Kabianga

19. Dennis Rugendo Senior Technologist Chuka University

20. Geoffrey O. Ronga, Network Administrator Technical University of Kenya

21. Moses Karani Network Administrator Africa Nazarene University

22. Kenneth Cheruiyot Network Administrator Pwani University

23. Antony Mungai System/Network Administrator Mt. Kenya University

24. Maurice Murimi Assistant System Administrator Embu University College

25. Alex Mugambi Network Administrator Egerton University

26. Janet Marangu Senior ICT Officer, Security University of Nairobi

27. Mark Mwenesi Network Assistant Cooperative University College of Kenya

28. Joshua K. Serem ICT Technologist Taita Taveta University College

29. Lynn Okindo Network Support Kisumu Polytechnic


Day 9.00-10.30 10.30-10.50 10.50-13.00 1300-1400 1400-1600 1600-1620 1620-1800
Monday October 27 Welcome& Registration Layers 1/2/3 Refresher [[1]](JM) Tea Break Cisco configuration essentials HP Configuration essentials [[2] (JM) Lunch Switching architectures (Layer 2) (HC) Tea Break Layer2 Lab [[3]] (HC/JO/CA/MO/JM)

Cacti exercise [4] Nagios+nconf exercise [5] Smokeping exercise [6] webmin [7] BHM/MN

Tuesday October 28 Introduction to VLANS [[8]] (HC) Tea Break VLANs Lab [[9]]

Layer 2 Network Desing Lab [[10]]

Lunch IP routing (addressing, subnetting, OSPF, BGP) (JO) Tea Break IP routing Lab

Introduction to routing [[11]] Introduction to OSPF [[12]] Introduction to BGP [[13]] Layer 3 static lab [[14]] OSPF Lab [[15]]

Wednesday October 29 VPNs (MO) Tea Break Campus Network Design principles and best practices (CA) Lunch Campus Network Structured Cabling

Campus Network Cabling [[16]] Fiber Splicing Exercise [[17]] Fiber Splicing Exercise Answers [[18]] Cable Systems Specifications [[19]] (JO)

Tea Break Campus Network Designs Round-table (JO/CA)
Thursday October 30 Intro to Net Mgmt and SNMP (MN) Tea Break Network Monitoring tools: Nagios , Cacti [[20]] (MN) Lunch LAN Network monitoring lab: basic nagios, cacti, webmin (MN)

Nagios Exercise [[21]] Cacti Installation [[22]] NConf Exercise [[23]]

Tea Break Troubleshooting Campus LAN (MN)
Friday October 31 Research Infrastructure (RO) Tea Break Cyber Security (RO) Lunch Closing Ceremony