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 (leanpub.com), an independent publisher and the readers will get free updates to the book as they become available.
MPLS VPN Per VRF Label feature
In this post i would like to explain the usage of the “MPLS VPN Per VRF Label” feature.
By default, in each VRF, prefixes are assigned a VPN label, used to identify the route within the VRF itself.
This label is the only label that is being looked at by the receiving PE router.
Going to DKNOG
I just ordered my ticket for DKNOG, which will be happening on March 21st in Copenhagen.
Catch me there if you can!
Wow. The other day, someone posted a link to [zenhabits.net]. and I was hooked right away.
The entire idea around being “Zen’ish” really appeals to me on a fundamental level. I like the idea behind it, i like what it entails, i like the discipline and i like the calmness.
Cisco to sell Linksys to Belkin.
Yesterday it was announced that Belkin intends to purchase the Linksys division of Cisco’s hands.
I for one, am very happy to see this happen.
I think that for Cisco to be really great, it needs to focus on its core competencies, which does not include home networking equipment.
Time to put the beans to rest
Yesterday brought with it another Java security breach. It is security breach that doesnt yet have a fix for it (0-day), so short of disabling Java on your computer, you are out of luck.
Im continually amazed that we keep running this piece of software, but I guess I shouldnt be, given people’s track record of running insecure software (think older Internet Explorer browsers on windows).
“All that matters, is where you are going” is a favorite quote of mine.
With that an update as well as a plan to move forward.
I have now finished Narbik’s Volume 2 Service Provider workbook. It took a little while longer than I had planned.
Done with volume 1 labs.
I have now finished the Narbik Volume 1 labs.
It took about 2,5 weeks to do. Im planning on spending a bit more time on the Volume 2 labs. Maybe about 3-4 weeks. I want to make sure i got all the foundational stuff down before advancing to some more complex labs.
Frame-Relay PVC bundle
In this short piece i would like to show how Frame-Relay PVC bundles work.
A PVC bundle is exactly what the name says. Its a bundle of PVC’s, with each PVC handling a certain Precedence, MPLS EXP or DSCP.
A requirement for the PVC bundle is that all IP Precedence or DSCP values will be handled by one of the PVC’s, so you need to set the “default” PVC unless
Some IOS-XR Training
Just wanted to let you know of a good place to go for some IOS-XR training.
Head on over to FryGuy’s place:
Another great motivational video
Just wanted to share another great motivational video
Recertified & Plan
I have recertified by doing the SP written exam.
Took me a while, but now its done.
My plan is to hit the labs, starting with Narbik’s SP workbook, working my way through that one. That should keep me occupied for quite a while.
Class Based Tunnel Selection
In this post i would like to demonstrate the Class-Based Tunnel Selection feature.
In class-based tunnel selection, we will select an MPLS TE tunnel based on the incomming Precedence bit in the data.
For example, IP Prec 5 goes to TE Tunnel 1, whereas IP Prec 3 goes to TE Tunnel 2.
Node protection using MPLS-TE Fast ReRoute
In this post i would like to demonstrate the concept of a well known MPLS TE (Traffic Engineering) feature, known as Fast Reroute.
Fast Reroute, as the name implies, is used to create an MPLS network, that has similar convergence properties of SONET/SDH APS of about 50 ms.
The saga will continue
Sorry for the lack of contents lately.
I am dealing with some personal issues that put a bit of a pause to my studies.
As soon as I’m fit for it I will put up some stuff related to the SP space.
Why setting goals does matter.
Today I came across a blog post from a guy which I respect deeply. However, I disagree wholeheartedly with the content in the post.
The title says: “That Setting Yourself Goals is Practising Failure” and the entire post can be found here.
Apologize for the down-time
I apologize for the recent down-time.
My provider had a glitch which is hopefully fixed now.
ASDM “Unconnected Sockets Not Implemented” Error
I ran into this error today on an old ASA and i needed a quick fix that didnt involve downgrading any Java versions from the clients servers.
I can confirm that by using version 6.1(5)51 of the ASDM works correctly (as noted in the link below).
Gold Nugget's, courtesy of Arista
I think the video below is worth going through for a couple of reasons.
First off, it explains one networking company’s strategy towards SDN (Software Defined Networking). Its a great academic concept with lots of potential. However there’s no real push for it from customers (at least the customer base of Arista).
Service Provider emulation of a frame-relay network using MPLS.
One of the cool things about MPLS is its versatility.
In this post i will show how its possible for a service provider to support legacy frame-relay installations without actually having any frame-relay switches.
I will establish an MPLS core and show how a customer with three sites, one hub site and two spoke sites, will never even know that the core is running MPLS and not end-to-end frame-relay.
1st Batch of books.
I have ordered the first batch of books for the CCIE SP track.
Traffic Engineering with MPLS Cisco IOS-XR Fundamentals MPLS-Enabled Applications: Emerging Developments and New Technologies MPLS Configuration on Cisco IOS Software I was hoping that you could get them all as eBooks, but as it turns out, i can get some of them as eBooks through Kindle and some through Cisco Press PDF’s and others i could only get as hard copies.
The cat is out of the bag.
The cat is out of the bag.
I am going for my 2nd CCIE. This time its in the Service Provider track.
For a while i have felt something missing. And what is missing is a clear cut direction on what i want to learn more about in my professional life.
Week on the wire – Week 10.
I think one of the most important things this to happen this week, was a public announcement
from the boss of TeliaSonera.
He announced that they would in the near future, start to charge people for any VoIP calls they would make through their broadband services.
Update on INE's SP track.
There’s news on INE’s Service Provider material.
Updated workbooks for the SPv3 will be arriving “soon”. Hopefully that means within a month or two.
If you are interested, you can read more and even get a peak into a sample lab.
Week on the wire – Week 9.
Its been a rough week. I have been finishing up projects and getting rid of loose ends.
I have also been giving a couple of lectures on IPv6 (Basically primers) to customers as well as some information on basic failover configuration in IOS.
A picture which is worth far more than a 1000 words.
The picture below should be put into a frame and put onto the desk of everyone in the IT industry.
By day, I am a consultant, so I have quite a few stories that relate to this picture.
Obviously the picture shows that, at every step in a project there are misunderstandings.
CAR – The grand-old man in policing.
Below are my findings regarding CAR. Please be advised that this is work in progress.
CAR is the ancient way of doing policing.
It is not configured using any of the new and fancy MQC style configuration.
It is an interface-based command set.
Week on the wire – Week 7.
A couple of things i have found interesting this week.
The first one is that Intel is still in the game for making NIC’s. Even though they are doing some good ones in the server space, this batch seems to be targeted at the entry-level.
Redundancy for small sites.
We are working with alot of customers having lots of small “sites”, meaning that each site range from having 1 to 20 devices. The devices can be a user workstation or it can be some sort of automatic equipment having a VPN tunnel back to the main headquarter.
Cloud enabled task management.
I have been using Things as my task management program for about 5-6 months.
Its been better than not using anything at all, but what has really annoyed me quite heavily is its inability to do “Cloud” synchronization. The only form of synchronization from Things is through your wireless network.
Help the readers out!
I own alot of books.
By books, i mean those paper things, that takes up alot of space and for which we chop down trees.
Recently, i have been shifting my reading onto my iPad. Its easy to carry around, it holds multiple books and pdf files.
Great tips for making changes to your network
I stumbled across this blog post which i think most will find very interesting.
At least i think it contains some ideas that should be followed whenever you make a change to your own or your customers network.
Head on over and take a look: http://lamejournal.
Last post of 2011
This will be the last post of 2011.
It’s been a very interesting year in a lot of different areas.
The most important for me personally has been the achievement of my CCIE. I have worked very hard for this and it finally paid off.
Odd EIGRP behavior
Update: By most examinations, this seems to be a bug. A clever guy at the Cisco support forums might offer the reason why this happens. Thanks to everyone for clearing this up! (https://supportforums.cisco.com/message/3519430) I was trying someting out the other day concerning EIGRP when i ran into an issue i still cant explain, so i would like to put it out there for scrutiny.
Migrating notes – my documents, not the program.
I have finally decided to clean up my Routing & Switching notes and more importantly moving them from Microsoft OneNote to Microsoft Word.
I know, I know, its still Microsoft, but even though OneNote has been okay for my needs, the lack of the program for Mac OS is annoying the crap out of me.
Learning something new each day.
Lately i have been making it a goal of mine to watch a TED video a day.
I do this in order to expand my horizon and learn things that i normally wouldnt pay much attention to.
Something as foreign to me as a music conductor explaining how to perform a piece of music, what it takes and why he does it, makes me a more informed human being.
In this post i will shed some light on some spanning-tree info that has been floating around. But also an explanation why i choose a non-obvious answer to an IPexpert question.
Specifically 2 things.
The first one is the selection of ports and what _exactly_ selects the root port.
Back from trip.
I am back from our company trip to Dubai.
Dubai is a fantastic place. Its my first time in the middle east and it left a great impression.
The whole city struck me as a proof-of-concept kind of city. They decided they wanted to do something great and they went ahead and did it.
Some thoughts on Openflow
It seems that everywhere i look, be it on twitter, google+ or my regular reading list of blogs, Openflow comes up alot.
What is Openflow?
Openflow is an initiative to create a protocol and an API infrastructure to improve overall functionality of your network.
Quick Tip: SPD
One of my friends told me about a feature called SPD and whether i knew about it. I didnt so i decided to read a bit more about it.
SPD stands for Selective Packet Discard. As the name implies it has something to do with discarding packets.