CCIE Progress Update

Just over a year ago I posted that I was starting work toward the CCIE R&S exam. My original goal was to take the written exam by June of this year – so what progress have I made, and where am I at now? Well I ended up…

Where is all the Automation?

Note: I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. This is to help support my blog and does not have any impact on my recommendations. The future is APIs! SD-EVERYTHING! Automation! Orchestration! Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning! Sound familiar? It’s all part of the…

Synology Volume Crash

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Tips for Working with Vendor Support

This post has been on my mind for a while now. I’ve worked as a network admin for long enough, and opened more technical support cases with vendors than I want to think about. Over the years I’ve developed my own process for how I handle…

Automated F5 Backups with CatTools

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…

Thoughts on Cisco's 2018 Annual CyberSecurity Report

When I started in networking, I never would have thought that security would be such an important part of my job. However, it has become something that I’m involved with almost every day – tasks like applying security configurations, participating in audits, or spending a day chasing down…