Uploading CCIE lab configurations & using config replace to save time

This post will contain two major parts; Getting configurations onto Cisco IOS switches via TFTP, and utilizing config replace to replace configurations quickly for different labs. The first part, loading configuration files via TFTP, is really only needed on devices that don't have USB ports such as the 3650 platform. The first step is to … Continue reading Uploading CCIE lab configurations & using config replace to save time

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EVE-NG Default IDLE PC

As I continue on my quest for the perfect lab I have been messing around with EVE-NG (a competitor to GNS3 and VIRL). One thing I really like about EVE-NG is the ability to use a web client instead of needing a thick client like you do for GNS3 and VIRL. A draw back I've … Continue reading EVE-NG Default IDLE PC

Using Raspberry Pi’s for Network Monitoring and Health Status – Part 1 : Dual NIC Network Connectivity

I have recently been able to spend sometime working with Raspberry Pi's both for personal projects as well as a few things for work. This seems like a great opportunity to do a series of posts on them! The first post will be around utilizing both NICs at the same time to allow for "Out … Continue reading Using Raspberry Pi’s for Network Monitoring and Health Status – Part 1 : Dual NIC Network Connectivity

Recovering an ESXi host with the state archive….

I had the joy of dealing with the USB drive which hosts my ESXi host's OS and configuration go bad, and naturally without a backup of the configuration. I did manage to recover enough of the drive to gain access to the "state" archive which contains the host configuration (this is stored as state.tgz). The … Continue reading Recovering an ESXi host with the state archive….

802.1x VLAN User Distribution (VLAN Group)

In this blog post, I will be going over 802.1x VLAN User Distribution (sometimes referred to as "VLAN Groups") in Cisco IOS and a use case scenario that involves Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine). First, some background around VLAN Groups. Based on my research it seems there are two major types of VLAN Groups: The … Continue reading 802.1x VLAN User Distribution (VLAN Group)

Remote Lab Access and Control

A requirement I've quickly come to realize with building my lab is remote access into lab my equipment. This requirement is two fold, I don't feel like always sitting in my basement to build topologies and I'm not always home when I will be studying. This need naturally led me to acquiring a terminal server, … Continue reading Remote Lab Access and Control