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Course Outline

  1. Introduction to IP Addressing
    • Overview of IP addressing and its importance in computer networking
    • Explanation of IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
    • Understanding the structure of an IP address (binary representation, octets, subnet mask)
  2. IPv4 Addressing
    • Explanation of IPv4 address classes (Class A, B, C, D, E)
    • Address types: public IP addresses vs. private IP addresses
    • Subnetting: concepts and techniques for dividing a network into smaller subnetworks
    • Variable Length Subnet Mask (VLSM) and Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR)
  3. IPv6 Addressing
    • Introduction to IPv6 addressing and its advantages over IPv4
    • Explanation of IPv6 address notation (hexadecimal representation, colons, double colons)
    • Types of IPv6 addresses (unicast, multicast, anycast)
    • IPv6 subnetting and address assignment best practices
  4. IP Address Management (IPAM)
    • Overview of IP address management tools and software
    • IP address allocation and assignment strategies
    • IP address tracking, monitoring, and auditing
  5. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
    • Introduction to DHCP and its role in IP address assignment
    • DHCP server configuration and setup
    • DHCP lease management and renewal process
    • DHCP relay agents and DHCPv6
  6. Network Address Translation (NAT)
    • Explanation of NAT and its purpose in IP addressing
    • Types of NAT (Static NAT, Dynamic NAT, NAT Overload)
    • Port Address Translation (PAT) and its role in conserving public IP addresses
    • NAT traversal techniques (NAT-PMP, UPnP, STUN)
  7. IP Addressing in Practice
    • Practical exercises and labs for IP address configuration
    • Troubleshooting common IP addressing issues
    • Real-world scenarios and case studies
    • Best practices for designing and implementing IP addressing schemes in networks
  8. Security Considerations
    • Security implications of IP addressing (IP spoofing, IP-based attacks)
    • Role of IP addressing in network security policies
    • IP address filtering and access control lists (ACLs)
  9. Emerging Trends
    • Exploration of emerging technologies and trends in IP addressing (IPv6 adoption, IPv4 exhaustion, Software-Defined Networking)
    • Future challenges and opportunities in IP addressing