Passed Route! 1 more exam to go!

I passed the 300-101 Cisco route exam yesterday!!!! Why four exclamations? Because that’s how many attempts it took me to pass the exam. That fact is embarrassing and I may delete this post in the future if I wind up back in the job market, but this place is meant to document my CCNP journey…

Cisco Certs expiring

Cisco Exam Policies My Cisco certs will expire on 1/29/2018 unless I pass another exam before then. You have to re certify every three years or all your hard work accruing these industry certs goes away. I don’t have it in me to start over, so I’m in exam prep mode. Tonight was day 1…

Cord Cutting is a lot of work

When I left my job at the big telco, they took away the courtesy services that were in place for 7 years. Yes, I enjoyed free internet and every TV channel in existence at no charge. But when I moved on from said telco giant, the services would cost over $300 a month to retain….

Home Lab 2.1

Having failed miserably at updating the firmware on my newly acquired server (bottom),  I decided to at least put my network routing lab back together. Poor routers were just sitting there on the floor, looking all depressed. Still need to wire them up and reconfigure my Avocent terminal server ports to support the new set…

Home Lab 2.0

I just tore my home lab apart for a BIG upgrade. Diving into a new area of technology, which I’m really excited about. Stay tuned…

Configure an Avocent terminal server port 

I spent the better part of this week trying to name a port on an avocent terminal server. Yes you read that right; it took me a week to name a port. In my defense…oh nevermind. If you don’t know what this device is, it allows out of band access to the console ports of…

Home Lab – more gear

Back when I bought my 20U rack I was told it was overkill and I’d never fill it, unless I went all the way to CCIE. Welp, guess what? It’s full and I’m not studying for the CCIE…yet. Today I added 4 routers to the mix for a home DMVPN lab, which will consist of…

Lab: Dual Hub – Single Cloud DMVPN

Here’s a lab I’m currently working on: Dual Hub – Single Cloud DMVPN. I recently jumped into DMVPN and holy smokes, I wish I found it sooner. In general, anything dynamic in networking is a good thing. Its usually less painful to configure than a static method and it allows the algorithms to perform their…

Home Lab – logical drawing 

Will post configs soon, should anyone want to know how to get this working.  Nothing too complex. Point to point /30’s, EIGRP at edges, redistributed into a BGP cloud that’s running on top of OSPF.

Home Lab upgrades

Until recently, my home lab consisted of 3550 L3 switches I was using as routers, along with a few 2600 routers. I procured some newer gear and here’s my current set up. I’m running 6 2811 routers and a 1921. I’ll post the logical topology shortly so you can see what I’m up to.  I…

Phishing – how to not be stupid

This is a phishing scam Apparently, someone named Joshua is really concerned about my hotmail account and I’ll be disconnected from it if I don’t click the “verify your account” link. If you do not want your email account hacked into (yes, you just gave your email password to this clown) NEVER click ANY link…