DNS training, from A Record to Zone File

Proper administration of DNS, DHCP, and IPAM (DDI) is critical for the day-to-day operation of every network. BlueCat offers a wide range of training options to grow the skillset of your network team, from DNS basics to advanced functionality. Our DNS training courses for partners and resellers provide the strategic context for selling Adaptive DNS solutions in a growing market.

DNS explained

As networks become increasingly complex, the gap in knowledge that network administrators face on a day-to-day basis also keeps growing. Having a thorough understanding of network infrastructure is crucial for unlocking its true potential. Our courses for customers, partners, and resellers provide your team with the knowledge and skills they need to make the most of your technology investment.

BlueCat Learning

Our on-demand eLearning platform called BlueCat Learning has comprehensive, interactive and engaging courses on every button, switch, process and part of the BlueCat product suite as well as content pertaining to DNS and DHCP protocols. Through our all-you-can-learn platform, we offer something for everyone. Whether you are a network administrator, DDI operator, network security professional or part of the DevOps team, we offer training on the skills you need to take your network to the next level.

Instructor-Led Training

We get it – online learning isn’t for everyone. At BlueCat, we offer in-person and virtual, instructor-led training that gives you and your employees the opportunity to benefit from a hands-on classroom environment. All instructor-led training includes practical, hands-on lab exercises that prepare you and your team to hit the ground running as soon as the course is completed.

The BlueCat training curriculum

BlueCat Integrity Fundamentals

Focuses on the administration of the BlueCat Address Manager solution and the core network services provided by the BlueCat DNS/DHCP Server™

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to Integrity
  • Managing the IP space
  • Managing DHCP
  • Managing DNS
  • Server administration
  • IP Discovery and reconciliation
  • Crossover high availability
  • DNS security

Who is this for? Networking professionals and DDI administrators with a good understanding of TCP/IP, DNS and DHCP
Format and length: Available as a three-day instructor-led program and 10 hours of self-guided eLearning modules
Certification Exam: BlueCat Fundamentals Certified Professional

BlueCat Security and Advanced Configuration

Focuses on DNS security, advanced IP address management, and how to implement security configurations on virtual machines through a series of lab exercises

Topics Covered:

  • Securing BlueCat systems
  • Using IPv4 modelling tools
  • Securing DNS
  • Querylogging and logging channels
  • DNS attacks and mitigation strategies
  • Optimal DNS architectures
  • How to configure DNSSEC
  • How to configure DNS Threat Protection

Who is this for? DDI administrators with a general understanding of networking concepts, TCP/IP protocols, and a strong grasp of DNS, DHCP and IPv4 addressing
Prerequisite: Integrity Fundamentals
Format and length: Available as a one-day instructor-led program
Certification Exam: BlueCat Advanced Certified Professional

BlueCat Support Provider Fundamentals

Focuses on advanced troubleshooting and management of BlueCat Address Manager and BlueCat DNS/DHCP Server

Topics Covered:

  • Linux toolbox Level 1
  • Supporting DNS/DHCP server
  • Supporting Address Manager
  • Providing support with DataRake diagnostics
  • Linux toolbox Level 2
  • Working with Customer Success

Who is this for? Advanced DDI administrators with extensive experience working with BlueCat Integrity
Prerequisite: Integrity Fundamentals, Security and Advanced Configuration
Format and length: 4 hours of self-guided eLearning modules
Certification Exam: BlueCat Advanced Certified Support Professional

BlueCat Edge Fundamentals

Focuses on administration of DNS Edge, policy management, and forensic investigation

Topics Covered:

  • Edge concepts
  • Navigation and user management
  • Filtering Edge data
  • Edge namespace and sites
  • Working with policies

Who is this for? Security teams and DDI administrators with a general familiarity with TCP/IP, DNS, and Linux
Prerequisite: Integrity Fundamentals
Format and length: Available as a two-day instructor-led program and 4 hours of self-guided eLearning modules

BlueCat Gateway Fundamentals

Focuses on configuration of BlueCat DNS automation tools, managing BlueCat certified automation workflows, and customizing automation settings

Topics Covered:

  • Gateway concepts
  • Gateway basics
  • Customizing Gateway
  • Gateway workflows
  • Extending Gateway
  • Troubleshooting Gateway

Who is this for? DDI administrators and network automation teams with a general familiarity with TCP/IP, DNS, and Linux
Prerequisite: Integrity Fundamentals (experience with Address Manager and Python recommended)
Format and length: Available as a two-day instructor-led program and 4 hours of self-guided eLearning modules

DHCP 101

An engaging overview of DHCP fundamentals based on RFC definitions. Learn the foundations of the DHCP protocol from what it is and why it is important to how it works.

Topics Covered:

  • What is DHCP?
  • DHCP in the enterprise space
  • History of DHCP
  • How DHCP works (components, DORA process, leasing)
  • DHCP message format
  • DHCP options
  • Scopes, reservations and exclusions, relay agents
  • DHCP server configuration file, leases file
  • Who is this for? Networking professionals, DDI administrators, or anyone interested in learning the basics of DHCP
    Format and length: 1 hour of self-guided eLearning modules

eLearning

All of our courses are housed under a single platform called BlueCat Learning. This is a great choice for those looking for a self-paced, interactive learning experience.

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Instructor-Led

Instructor-led training provides practical, hands-on instruction that allows you and your team to hit the ground running as soon as the course is completed.

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To get in touch with the BlueCat Learning Team, please reach out to us at:

learn@bluecatnetworks.com

BlueCat Partner Fundamentals

DNS is a critical part of any network transformation project. BlueCat offers DNS courses and training for partners on how to uncover value drivers, guide conversations at all levels about strategic initiatives, and upsell advanced capabilities.

Learn the basics

Get acquainted with BlueCat’s solution offering and value proposition

Build a strategy

Learn about customer personas, from the strategic to the tactical level

Qualify customers

Dig into customer requirements and motivations

Close deals

Build quotes and calculate margins

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