This year we saw the fruits and the go to market of many SDN and network virtualization products. It was great to see Nuage Networks NVP, Cisco ACI, Juniper’s Contrail and OpenContrail and VMware NSX hit the market. There were…

JNCIS Security exam review

Today I sat the JNCIS-SEC exam. I felt it was a fair exam and I am going break it down. It capped off a year of certifications for me as I have worked on transforming my knowledge and applying myself…

VMware VCP5-DCV

Last week I passed my VMware VCP5-DCV exam. This posts looks to review and give my impression on the sought after certification. Exam Quality Within the standard Pearson Vue test environment, VMware deliver an exam that is of high quality,…

Cisco CCIE v5

As the news spreads the internet and as many people waited and speculated Cisco released the blueprint for the CCIE routing and switching version 5! This is one of the biggest steps forward in my opinion of the CCIE in…

With the 3850 brings a plethora of change. The evolution of IOS to IOS-XE, WLC features terminated in hardware, and advanced routing protocols on board set the scene for a massive access and distribution overhaul. Some big physical changes though…

The last couple of weeks I’ve spent some time dealing with a little adversary. The Cisco CCNP has been a want for a while and I started the quested and my pace did slow off. Well finally I made it…

As I march onwards to the CCIE written the need is apparent that you must understand every trick and caveat of a routing protocol. I have been reading up and working on RIP this weekend and amongst the funny situations…

Back on the juniper posts today, I am going to jump into local user authentication. Juniper offer quite a few options on configuring user based access. I will start to explore these among many other topics this year. I am of the…

Certification testing happens all the time in our industry. Certifications come and go and technology changes. There are two things that remain constant. The pursuit of knowledge and higher learning, and passing/not passing. The pursuit of knowledge is what differentiates…

Just a quick one today. I had planned to take the JNCIS-Security this month but accidentally booked JNCIS-Enterprise. Not to worry in the slightest. The same great content will be served up, just with a focus on routing and switching.…

Next topic on the blog is Security policies. An important part of firewalls is controlling of traffic. Once we logically define zones and we segregate the network we need to control traffic to and from these zones. It is important…

Juniper works very different to IOS. If you have been following my blog recently you will have discovered I have been on the Sauce. Fresh of the JNCIA Junos pass I am diving into JNCIS-SEC. I am going to explain…

Like Cisco, Juniper offer their equivalent to security levels. Known as zones, the SRX family can classify common interfaces and apply hierarchical policies that allow stable scalability. This post is designed to introduce Cisco people to the Juniper equivalent, and new…

As I slowly diversify my skill set and acquire JUNOS knowledge I find that knowing the technology and underlying concepts are the same. Minor changes like routing preference and the like is easy to deal with. Slowly I am working…

Today I passed the Juniper Networks JNCIA JUNOS exam. I am quite elated to be honest. My roots as a network engineer have come from the Cisco Network academy and I have climbed part of their certification tree. Upon acquisition…