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SonicWALL Network Security Basic Administration

Learn to design, implement, and troubleshoot SonicWALL security devices running SonicOS firmware.

GK# 0400 Vendor# NS-102

Course Overview


This course provides you with the background, knowledge, and hands-on experience to begin designing, implementing, and troubleshooting SonicWALL security appliances running SonicOS firmware. This technical training covers configuration and deployment of the SonicOS firmware. You will become familiar with a wide spectrum of SonicWALL’s innovative feature set, such as Unified Threat Management (UTM), Single Sign On, VPN, SSL VPN, and Content Filtering Service. As you examine the wide array of security features SonicOS has to offer, you will learn validation of settings and troubleshooting techniques using the SonicWALL diagnostic tools. Formative evaluations (knowledge checks and hands-on exercises) are incorporated throughout this course to test new skill sets.


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What You'll Learn

  • Design, implement, and troubleshoot SonicWALL security appliances running SonicOS Enhanced firmware
  • Configure and deploy SonicOS Enhanced firmware
  • Components of SonicWALL's feature set
  • Use SonicWALL diagnostic tools to validate and troubleshoot


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Classroom Live Outline

1. Course Introduction

  • Course introduction
  • Classroom environment
  • Course materials
  • Prerequisites
  • Introductions
  • Training and support options

2. Operating System Fundamentals

  • Registration
  • OS Fundamentals
  • System Backup and Restore
  • Knowledge check

3. Scalability and Reliability

  • WAN ISP Failover and Ethernet Load Balancing
  • Policy-Based Routing
  • Knowledge check

4. Secure Access and Content Control

  • VPN: Gateway-to-Gateway, Hub and Spoke, Mesh
  • Route-Based VPN
  • GVC with Local User DB
  • SSL VPN with Local User Database
  • LDAP Authentication
  • Content Filtering Service
  • Knowledge check
  • 5. Unified Threat Management
  • Content Filtering Service
    Content Filtering Service using Single Sign-On
    Unified Threat Management (UTM)
    Knowledge check

6. Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting Overview
  • System Backup & Restore
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Packet Capture
  • Logs
  • Knowledge check


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Classroom Live Labs

Lab 1: Updating the SonicOS Enhanced Firmware

Lab 2: Initial Setup and Configuration

Lab 3: SonicWALL Administration

Lab 4: NAT: Inbound Server Access

Lab 5: WAN ISP Failover and Outbound Load

Lab 6: Policy-Based Routing

Lab 7: Site-to-Site VPN Settings

Lab 8: Hub and Spoke VPN Settings (Optional)

Lab 9: Route-Based VPN

Lab 10: Global VPN Client with Local Database (Optional)

Lab 11: SSL VPN with Local Database

Lab 12: SSL VPN with LDAP Authentication

Lab 13: Content Filtering Service with LDAP

Lab 14: CFS with LDAP Authentication Using Single Sign-On

Lab 15: Unified Threat Management



To  attend this course, prerequisite skills and knowledge are required, including completing e-Learning courses prior to beginning this class. Information from these e-Learning modules is included on the certification exam.

General networking knowledge and experience:

  • Extensive knowledge of networking concepts, network topologies, and the OSI model of networking protocol stacks
  • Understanding of TCP/IP, network addressing, subnets, and Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Knowledge of basic router concepts
  • Familiarity with IPSec functionality and implementation 

This course requires the prior completion of several e-Learning courses. This course is NOT a substitute for the prerequisite e-Learning courses. Prerequisite skills and knowledge are required – the first lab exercise is based on prerequisite knowledge and begins without formal instruction (see below for prerequisite  details). 

The prerequisite training is available from SonicWALL and includes: 

Network Security Technology Overview (~4 hrs online course):

For those new to network security, this optional online course provides an introduction to the key concepts and fundamentals of network security. While this course is not mandatory, it is strongly suggested.

Network Security Essentials (~5.5 hrs. online course): 

The online Network Security Essentials course will provide critical foundational training on firewall technology and its application in network security. The training will also cover network security design strategies and remediation  measures used to protect critical network traffic. You will gain a conceptual understanding on how to configure and administer SonicWall firewall appliances, including vital information on how to extend firewall capabilities using rules, encryption, and specific security applications. In addition, you will acquire a comprehensive education in core Virtual Private Network technology, including SonicWall-specific configuration, implementation, and troubleshooting techniques.

Students will be tested on all of this material.


Who Should Attend

  • System engineers
  • Channel partners
  • Service partners
  • End users
Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 2 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 2 day

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