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My first Cisco Live!

Even though im still in San Diego, Cisco Live! US 2015 is but a memory.
But what a memory it is! It being my first time attending a Cisco Live conference, I didn’t really know what to expect.
What I was met with, was a conference full of really sharp and nice people. The conference staff was very helpful and polite and really made an impression on me, from the time I first stepped onto the pavement outside San Diego convention center.
We (I brought my better half to the US) arrived very late on saturday, so after a good nights sleep I took the bus to the convention center to register and pick up the first piece of swag, the famous Cisco Live bag.
One of the great benefits of attending the conference was meeting with my good friend Daniel Dib (from I hadn’t seen him since January, so it was really cool to meet up with him during the week.
On Monday Daniel and I attended a session together, but most other sessions I went to alone. For the record, I paid for this trip out of my own pocket, so I didn’t have any co-workers or anything to tag along.
Tuesday was also spent in sessions, but in the evening there was the famous CCIE party, where my +1 was a friend of Daniel. Rihkka, a network engineer from Finland. She’s also in the VIP program along with Daniel. It was very nice meeting her. Also met with people from back home for morning coffee (which was actually Iced Coffee since it was fairly hot outside).
Wednesday I gave the CCDE written a shot, but unfortunately didn’t pass. Its a really weird exam if you ask me. Its supposed to be a technology design exam, but, I dont know. It just irks me somehow. Also, I had the good fortune of having a talk with Jeremy Filliben (, a renowned CCDE trainer. He gave some good advice along with information about his upcoming CCDE training programs. Very nice guy indeed. Since I lost track of Daniel for lunch, I was fortunate enough to run into Rihkka again. So we had lunch together where she could explain a bit more about Finland to me 🙂
Thursday, things slowed down a bit. I decided to cancel some sessions to get time to meet up with folks. During this day I also had a chance to meet with some folks from the Cisco Champion program, which was very good. Unfortunately a private QoS session for Cisco Champions was cancelled, which I was pretty bummed about. It would have been pretty awesome to meet Tim Szigeti. The QoS guy 🙂
Finally I said my goodbye’s to Daniel and headed back to the hotel. My first Cisco Live conference under my belt!
Would I recommend this as a good value for a network engineer? Absolutely!! the inspiration from the breakout sessions alone would be enough to justify it, but the social aspect of it all is what really makes the point!
I will do my very best to come back next year!

Cisco Live US 2015 – Session Schedule

This is my current schedule for the Cisco Live US 2015 event.
Most are related to my CCDE studies and a few are with technologies and products that im interested in in general.
08:00 – 09:30 BRKSAN-2101 FCoE for small and mid size enterprises.
10:00 – 12:00 BRKCRS-2031 Enterprise Campus Design: Multilayer Architectures and Design Principles
13:00 – 15:00 BRKARC-2001 Cisco ASR1000 Series routers: System and Solution Architectures
15:30 – 17:00 GENKEY-1001 Cisco Vision Keynote
08:00 – 09:30 BRKRST-2124 Introduction to Segment Routing
13:00 – 15:00 BRKSPG-2210 Designing Service Provider Access Networks
15:30 – 17:00 BRKDCT-2049 Overlay Transport Virtualization
09:00 – 12:00 CCDE Written Exam
13:00 – 15:00 BRKRST-3363 Routed Fast Convergence
15:30 – 17:00 BRKRST-2338 ISIS Deployment in Modern Networks
08:00 – 09:30 BRKMPL-2333 E-VPN & PBB-EVPN: the Next Generation of MPLS-based L2VPN
10:00 – 12:00 BRKRST-2311 IPv6 Planning, Deployment and Troubleshooting
13:00 – 14:30 BRKRST-2044 Enterprise Multihomed Internet Edge Architectures
15:00 – 16:00 GENKEY-1004 Guest Closing Keynote: Mike Rowe
Cant wait 🙂

Cisco Live US – 2015

I will be attending this year’s Cisco Live US in San Diego!
This is my first Cisco Live, so I dont really know what to expect. There are alot of great sessions that I want to attend (if they are not already full), and I will be posting my week here when i have my sessions down.
If you want to connect for a coffee or a chat, feel free to drop me a mail/tweet, and im sure we can figure something out!
See you in San Diego!

Its a new year!

My apology. I have been very absent here as of late.
I have been doing some different stuff, which is irrelevant here, but rest assured, i got some posts lined up. The next one on Unified MPLS. I think you will like it, so stay tuned!  🙂
Happy New Year! 🙂

Cisco Champion.

Woke up to a very nice email today.
I have been selected as a Cisco Champion for 2015! – Now i get to see what all the fuzz is about and hopefully be able to contribute something.

A bit of maintenance

I am currently performing a bit of maintenance on the blog (moving host), so there might be some small errors here and there. I apologise for this! – Hopefully everything will be up and running smoothly in a few days time.
Thank you for your patience!

Change of focus

I have decided to change my focus quite a bit.
I was planning on tackling the IOS-XR exam this year and was preparing for it by going through the blueprint. However another track kept pulling me towards it, and ofcourse thats the CCDE track.
I have spent the last 6 years learning how to do something, but so far i havent spent alot of time thinking about why that is.
I am not doing the CCDE track in order to pass the exam. I might not even go as far as giving the practical exam a go. I am however going to pursue the written exam for now, as it will give me a target for which to learn new stuff.
To that end, a few of us have created a study group, which im very thrilled about. It will provide an outlet for any ideas and thoughts as well as input. All in all great stuff.
So thats a quick update 🙂

The Tech Interview

Some very smart people have created a new website aimed at the career aspects of the tech world.
In time the site should prove to be a valuable tool for anyone trying to land a job in the tech industry.
Head on over and check it out at:

Mr. Ferro's "Arse First Method of Technical Blogging"!

I just had a chance to go ahead and read Mr. Greg Ferro’s ebook called ”Arse First Method of Technical Blogging“.
The book is being published by Leanpub (, an independent publisher and the readers will get free updates to the book as they become available.
Mr. Ferro is well known from as well as the Packet Pushers podcast.
The book is all about writing a technical blog. It takes you through some important facets of writing a blog, namely why to blog in the first place and the importance of actually publishing something.
The book is short and to the point, something the book itself preaches in its contents.
The workflow of writing a blog post is examined with the outline of going from the bottom up. An interesting idea that I personally hope will help me get started with some blog ideas I have.
Mr. Ferro also offers some advice from his years blogging at as well as some information about editing and publishing tools. I appreciated this information as im always interested in ways of managing information.
My impression of the book is very positive. Sure it needs some work here and there, but its a work in progress and im sure he will incorporate any ideas and suggestions the readers might have. My own suggestion would be to include a short example of writing a blog post
In Summary
”Arse First Method of Technical Blogging“ is a book thats well worth the few bucks. It presents some very good ideas and pointers to get started with blogging technical material.
The main theme of the book is contained in the title. Start from the bottom and go from there, which is a great idea to actually get any writing started at all.
The book is a clear example that Mr. Ferro has put alot of thought into the workflow of writing blogposts, something that is obvious when reading over at
I enjoyed reading the entire thing in one go and can recommend it to others.
Go ahead and get your copy here:

Disclaimer: I paid for this book myself because I was curious about its contents. I have not been asked to write anything or endorse it in any way.

Long time since last post

Okay, so its been a while since my last post.
Been having some issues to deal with, which has taken quite alot of energy.
I am going for the CCNP, starting with the BSCI exam. Ive got the books for it, and started studying. There’s alot of detailed information, and lots of labs to do. Chapter 2 is 40 pages long, and its taken me two days to reach the end of the information in the book, now im starting the labs in the end of the chapter 🙂
I am just going to hang in there, and do everything I can. What really bothers me, is that I dont get it right away, and need to try it out multiple times with multiple scenarios.