Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tracking Latency and Packet Loss with SmokePing

Matt/ April 25, 2017

“The network is slow” – Sound like something you’ve heard before? What does ‘slow’ mean anyway? And is it different from yesterday? Sometimes tracking down network ‘slowness’ can be pretty difficult, especially when you don’t have a good baseline of what is normal. This kind of goes back to one of the tips I shared earlier in ‘A Little Bit of

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Juniper SRX VPN Issues

Matt/ April 18, 2017

Last year we began migrating from our old Juniper SSG firewalls to the new SRX line. After a few months, I’ve honestly really started to enjoy working with them – so much that we’ve decided to start standardizing our firewall platforms by ditching everything else. So far I’ve had the opportunity to install ten SRX 1500s, six SRX 345s, and one

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: How to Prove It’s Not the Network

Matt/ April 11, 2017

If there is one thing you learn very quickly in networking, it’s that everything is always the fault of the network. Two systems cannot communicate? Yeah, that’s always a network problem. Something is inaccessible? Probably the network. What about that broken toaster? Definitely a network issue. Starting off as a less experienced network engineer, this can easily get overwhelming. A

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You’re Not Perfect: Admit Your Mistakes

Matt/ April 4, 2017

Working in IT is always quite an interesting experience. You get to work with a ton of different people from varying backgrounds and skill sets. Sometimes you work with people who have been doing IT their entire life, and sometimes it was a complete career change for others. However, it never ceases to amaze me how many people from any

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