Tag Archives: configuration

Automated F5 Backups with CatTools

Matt Schmitz/ March 27, 2018

We have some new F5 load balancers in our environment, which means I need a method of grabbing regular configuration backups. There are a number of methods out there, but I’ve opted to use SolarWind’s CatTools software since we already own it. The config I used is based on this blog post. It’s a great write-up on how to back

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SRX Basics: Redunancy Groups and Failover

Matt Schmitz/ July 18, 2017

In last weeks post, we took a look at how to set up a chassis cluster on a Juniper SRX Firewall. So now that we have a basic cluster setup – Let’s explore some of the additional options and configuration items. Redundant Ethernet Interfaces So first thing is first – Once you have a cluster configured, you’ll probably want to

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SRX Basics: Clustering

Matt Schmitz/ July 11, 2017

So you just unboxed a brand new pair of Juniper SRX firewalls – now what? Well, the first thing you’re likely going to want to do is get the two devices hooked up and clustered together. That should be pretty simple, right? Yeah, mostly – though there are a few variations between device models, and there are a few fine-print

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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 Рbut 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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Port Security: Worth the effort?

Matt Schmitz/ March 14, 2017

Port Security. Always seems like one of those things covered in Cisco exams, yet how many businesses actually use it? For those that aren’t implementing it, should they? Or is it too much of a headache? So the concept of port security is fairly simple – We want to secure each individual switch port to a physical layer 2 MAC

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The Argument for Standardized Configurations

Matt Schmitz/ January 31, 2017

There are quite a few things that you don’t realize how great they are until you don’t have them anymore. For me, one of those things was standard guidelines for device configurations. At my last job,¬†documented standards were extremely important – we had them for everything. While some devices might ultimately be configured in a slightly different manner to accommodate

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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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