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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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….

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

To homelab or not to homelab….? That is a question.. (Part 1)

Many people wonder if it is worth while to have a home-lab to study on and to use to learn new technologies; this post won't be to discuss the pros or cons on having a home-lab (maybe another time) but instead to display the growth of my home-lab over the last few years and to … Continue reading To homelab or not to homelab….? That is a question.. (Part 1)