Low Level Design – Think about the next step

A while back Greg wrote a great article about the “Rules of Design Documentation” http://etherealmind.com/rules-design-documentation-etherealmind/ these are really valuable rules when it comes to writing a design document and in my opinion is particularly relevant to a Low Level Design AKA Detailed Design Document.   Ask yourself Before you can apply these rules of design you must […]

Citrix Branch Repeater : WCCP or not to WCCP that is the question?

Whether ’tis nobler in the network to suffer un-accelerated traffic during an outage or to take arms in the form of Policy Based Routing. When you decide to†deploy†Citrix Branch Repeaters (CBR) you have to†deploy†at either end of the WAN to accelerate and compress traffic between these endpoints. Therefore it would seem sensible to have some […]

Citrix Branch Repeater Authentication with Cisco TACACS+

I have been looking about for documentation on how to configure TACACS authentication with a Citrix Branch Repeater, however so far I have only been able to find documentation for NetScaler. So I have setup a LAB and decided to write the documentation myself. For those who cannot be bothered to read this post there […]

QFabric – What excites me!

I was intrigued and excited about the Junipers announcement last week of QFabric. I was vaguely aware of TRILL and Cisco implementation (Fabric Path), but came to the table (so to speak) with no pre-conceptions of what I might expect.   SCI-FI – Is this just me? Is the Q in QFabric taken from sci-fi […]

So you want to use a 3750-X as a Router?

Easy peasy lemon squeezy This seems a straightforward question! Just load up with advanced IP services license, install the license file and reboot the switch and you should be good to go. Well that’s what I thought until recently when I done the very steps above and on the surface seemed okay but I wanted […]

Personal Change Control

Change Control In many organisations there are processes in place to manage change, depending on the size of the organisation the change control process can be very in depth and frustrating or can be non-existent. I have experienced many people talking about change management process as if it was the root of all evil. What […]

Licensing Tips for 3750 Stacks

Recently I had to upgrade some 3750-x Stacks to Advanced Services and the Cisco documentation was a bit short of advice, and certainly not all in the one place. So here is a quick run down of some key steps.

Remote (in band) configuration tips

However working on a Global network, especially if you are making changes in-band and you don’t have the facility to access the system via a remote console or have remote power control(For people who do have such infrastructure I am insanely jealous), then you need have a few outs to keep you out of trouble. I thought I would share some useful tips that help minimise risk for you when doing remote changes.

Remembering Network Devices

A few years back when starting a new role providing 3rd Level support for an international network with over one hundred devices in my remit, it became apparent very quickly I was going to struggle to remember all the IP addresses in a few days or even the host names for that matter. There was no standard tools being use to connect all the devices, Windows XP telnet seem to be the tool of choice.

Most of the devices had some standards naming conventions. Like site code and type of device. So Lon_SW1 would be switch 1 in London. I decided to dust of my scripting skills and make life easier for myself.

Network Monitoring: SNMP knows stuff

Some packet generator are more important than others and indeed while a packet is just a packet for us network people if the packets stop moving around the network the way they should it can be a great cause for alarm. I have a customer with such a packet generating devices and it chucks out a 600k udp multicast stream (a single UDP payload) every 5 seconds and if this screws up for any reason then the application is not happy and hundreds of users are very upset. If the packets stop for any length of time then a Severity 1 incident is raised and the customer needs an ass to kick.

SSL VPN In IOS 12.4T

SSL VPN for remote access is something Iíve always wanted to get going at home, but never could because I donít own an ASA. Somewhat recently, this feature was added to regular old IOS 12.4T

DSCP QoS over MPLS Thoughts

I have been working on the edge of MPLS networks for several years and had a basic understating of DSCP QoS values that I was sending into the cloud and expecting them to pop onto the LAN at the other side the same. The QoS queues on the CE’s were already setup and I have had no reason to change then until recently for a new VOIP project; this and my studying for CCIE SP written has prompted me to understand DSCP in depth but also understand how this LAN QoS maps to MPLS QoS.

Control CPU usage in GNS3 / Dynamips with Process Lasso

have been a user of Dynamips/GNS3 for several years now and I canít imagine what I would do without it. I use it for doing Proof Of Concept work and for Studying. This tip looks at managing CPU utilisation on Windows.

How long does it take to become a CCIE from 0?

I donít have the answer but in this not so brief post I can show you how long it took me and tell you a little about my journey.

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