Tag Archives: networking

Where is all the Automation?

Matt Schmitz/ July 24, 2018

The future is APIs! SD-EVERYTHING! Automation! Orchestration! Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning! Sound familiar? It’s all part of the messaging going around in just about everything IT-related. With as much as you keep hearing about it, you might think that it’s all anyone is doing anymore. Yet it still just seems like not a whole lot of people are really

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L2 Basics: Configuring an EtherChannel

Matt Schmitz/ January 30, 2018

Today we’re going to take a look at how to configure an etherchannel between two Cisco Switches. What is an etherchannel? It’s a way of taking multiple independent links and bundling them together, so that they appear as one logical connection between two devices. Etherchannels are commonly used between two switches, or between a switch and a host – which

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One Year Later

Matt Schmitz/ January 2, 2018

2017 is over! Now we’re on to whatever 2018 may bring. The past year has been very interesting for me. For one thing, it was the first full year of this blog which started in December of 2016. While I didn’t quite accomplish everything here that I had hoped for, I still managed to do a lot more than I

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L2 Basics: Spanning-Tree Protocol

Matt Schmitz/ November 14, 2017

Spanning-tree protocol (STP) is one of those network technologies that is easy to forget about. It exists in the background of almost every network, and for the most part it does it’s job without any issues. However, there is still a huge benefit to understanding what STP does and how it works – because it’s default behaviors might not the

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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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SRX High CPU: httpd

Matt Schmitz/ September 5, 2017

Over the past few years of my Juniper SRX adventures, I’ve run into a few cases where the Routing Engine (RE) CPU is pegged at 100%. From what I’ve seen so far, this is typically one of three causes: high traffic (spike in IPS inspection), logging using event mode, or a stuck web management session. In a few occasional cases,

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Migrating IP Addressing Schemes

Matt Schmitz/ May 24, 2017

Back a few months ago, I wrote a bit about why it is important to have a good design for IP addressing schemes (part 1 and part 2). As a brief refresher, the situation I found myself in was an environment where practically everything was assigned a 10.x.x.x/16 subnet – even if we only needed a handful of hosts. When

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College vs Certification – Which is better?

Matt Schmitz/ March 28, 2017

As of the beginning of this month, I have officially completed my four years of trying to balance working full time and going back to school. I finished up my last college classes and now I can sit back and appreciate having some free time to myself again. I’ve never been really into the concept of school, but ultimately I went back because

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Why Have a Home Lab?

Matt Schmitz/ March 21, 2017

If you really want to become great at something, you practice it a ton, right? Well networking and IT work exactly the same. You’re not going to become an expect by just reading a ton of tech books and blogs. While those certainly help, there is nothing better than simply getting your hands dirty. Having a good home lab setup

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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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