Cisco Smart Install

Cisco Smart Install

This is my first post in a new series called “Config Bytes”. My objective is simple. Take a technology that I’m working on with a customer and post the data points. Overview: A global company asked me if there was an easy way to provision switches for rapid deployment. They are somewhat limited on networking personal and this would save the team some time if they could automate the staging of switches before deployment . The basic requirements were a standardized…

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“Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect…

“Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect…

Only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect” -Vince Lombardi This is a quote that instantly comes to mind when I was thinking up a title for this post. You see, it’s been over 20 years since I started my journey of becoming a better sport shooter. What I never realized back then was just how difficult it was to be consistent and accurate. You see, I had this preconceived notion, that you point and shoot. “It’s easy!” Nothing could be further from the…

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The Best Games of 2014

The Best Games of 2014

I am the Law! It’s that time of the year. The time we enjoy with our family, friends, and stuffing our faces with pie. This year left a painful scar on many gamers eager to play their 8th generation console on Christmas day. Both PSN and Xbox Live were hacked (DDoS) and taken offline. That means, no console updates, no digital downloads (sorry bundle owners) and no multiplayer. It’s come to the point where we need to institute a new law regarding…

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VIRL is HERE!

VIRL is HERE!

              VIRL is HERE along with a new logo. Dec 1st (aka Cyber Monday) brings us many good deals, including $50 off (virl50 at checkout) the $199 personal edition price. If you have not seen my previous posts on CML, basically VIRL is the same as CML without TAC support and limited scale (15 nodes). If you don’t want to read through my previous posts, I’ll summarize inline. http://www.4g1vn.com/2014/07/virlcml-update/  http://www.4g1vn.com/2014/09/cml-1-0-first-impressions-getting-started/   What is VIRL? VIRL enables…

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Console Wars: Book Review

Console Wars: Book Review

                          December 24th, 1990 I was twelve years old and twelve days away from becoming the BIG thirteen. This Christmas was very special indeed. I was getting a “combined” Birthday and Christmas present. Oh boy, was it special! I was sitting there with my family, my hands trembling because I knew exactly what lies beneath that red paper surface.  Just a few hours ago I was playing 720 on the NES on a…

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Cisco Modeling Labs 1.0: First Impressions & Getting Started

Cisco Modeling Labs 1.0: First Impressions & Getting Started

When a Legend becomes Real I’m still pinching myself. Last week I delivered my very first Cisco Modeling Labs (CML) 1.0 demo to a customer. Overall, they were pretty darn excited, however there are some things that we need to address to make it a GREAT fit for their specific testing/validation environment. Let’s take a step back and talk high level about CML for a moment. CML is the Cisco TAC supported variant of VIRL. The FCS date for CML 1.0…

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Next Wave of UCS Innovation

Next Wave of UCS Innovation

Today was a BIG day for us at Cisco. We announced our next wave of UCS products and continue building our data center innovation superhighway. Did we announce one product? NO! We announced four major UCS products today at #UCSGRANDSLAM and it was AWESOME! I knew about this stuff for months, but had to keep quite. As you can imagine, I was at the point of imploding because I just wanted to share this info with EVERYONE. Here is a quick…

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VIRL/CML Update

VIRL/CML Update

Virtual Internet Routing Lab/Cisco Modeling Lab: UPDATE (08.07.2014): Cisco Modeling Labs 1.0 Corporate Edition Available August 11, 2014 This is an excerpt from an email one of my colleagues received today. “We are very excited to announce that Cisco Modeling Labs 1.0 Corporate Edition is expected to ship on Monday, August 11th (if this changes we’ll let you know). As you know, Cisco Modeling Labs 1.0 Corporate Edition is a game changing product with powerful virtualization features that provide corporations…

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Retro Gaming Gomez (RGG)

Retro Gaming Gomez (RGG)

RGG, I like the sound of that! I just back from Cisco Live in San Francisco and what an AWESOME time it was. This year I was co-hosting a session with my homie Matt. The session title was “Software Hot, Hardware still Cool” and was SDN related. We had a blast working on this project together and aside from our session time going from 90 minutes to 60 minutes, it was an excellent experience.  So, part of my shtick with “Hardware”…

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CCIE R/S v5: Everything’s Gonna be Alright

CCIE R/S v5: Everything’s Gonna be Alright

It’s been roughly five months since I passed the v4 CCIE R/S and I’m starting to hear potential CCIE R/S candidates freaking out about the upcoming changes. I know this feeling all too well, because like many of you I started on v3 and passed on v4. I will never sugar coat this, it’s a royal pain in the arse when the blueprint gets revised, especially if you have been studying (really studying) the current blueprint. That being said, I…

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