Tag Archives: bgp

CCIE: Strategy & What’s Next

Matt Schmitz/ January 25, 2020

Things That Helped One of the big things that helped me was just the experience I had prior to starting on the CCIE. My experience going into the studying likely gave me a huge step up compared to if I tried the exam earlier in my career. If I tried the CCIE eight years ago like I originally wanted to,

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CCIE: Lab Day

Matt Schmitz/ January 25, 2020

In the weeks leading up to the lab exam – I felt very unsure of where I was at. On one side, I felt like I was doing pretty well at most of the practice labs I was working on. But on the other side, I felt like I didn’t have any true idea of what challenges the real exam

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CCIE: Written Exam & Lab Prep

Matt Schmitz/ January 25, 2020

Written Exam Finally in early 2019 I gave up on trying to gauge where I was at – and figured it was time to just give the exam a shot. I had already been studying for almost a year and a half, and I was craving some definitive way of figuring out where I was at. I went ahead and

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Story Time! How I Started Working Toward the CCIE

Matt Schmitz/ January 25, 2020

Now that we’re firmly into 2020 – I finally decided it was about time to get this posted. I actually wrote most of this shortly after passing the exam, but it just sat unedited and collecting dust since them. In about a month, most of the exams will be changing over to the new blueprints so I’m not sure how

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Juniper SRX – Automated Route Monitoring

Matt Schmitz/ March 13, 2018

I have always said that I’m not sure I could write code for a living, but I do really enjoy writing scripts that make my life easier. Today’s post is a great example of that. The ease of use offered by the Juniper SRX firewalls and JunOS is something that I wish I had in all of my networking infrastructure.

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An Afternoon with ARIN

Matt Schmitz/ November 7, 2017

I had the opportunity to attend an ARIN on the Road event last week. It was an all-day event that focused on education: who ARIN is, what they do, and some things they are working on. As a network admin I’ve had to work with ARIN a handful of times to request network resources. I figured it would be a

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Quick Tips for Better BGP

Matt Schmitz/ May 2, 2017

A while back I wrote some basic information on how to get started implementing multi-homed internet using BGP. The details and configurations listed in that post are enough to get the connection up and running – but not quite in an ideal state. So today I want to share some quick tips that will help you maintain a better and more

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Virtual Networking Contexts

Matt Schmitz/ February 21, 2017

I really want to take a moment to talk about how wonderful VRFs/firewall contexts really are. Both technologies essentially allow a network administrator to spin up a virtualized, isolated instance of a network device. I’ll be honest and say that I hadn’t had the chance to play much with this stuff until just recently – but it makes life a

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BGP: Getting Started with Multi-homed Internet

Matt Schmitz/ January 10, 2017

A few years back I worked for an organization that had a single 100Mb Internet connection. Not bad for just typical corporate traffic, but we also hosted our production web site out of that location as well. An incident occurred where our website was down due to Internet issues during an extremely inconvenient time. So we decided to procure a

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