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…

SRX Basics: Redunancy Groups and Failover

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…

SRX Basics: Clustering

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…

Quick Tips for Better BGP

A while back I wrote some basic information on how to get started implementing┬ámulti-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…

Port Security: Worth the effort?

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…

The Argument for Standardized Configurations

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,┬ádocumented standards were extremely important – we had them for…

BGP: Getting Started with Multi-homed Internet

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…