Cisco Nexus 3000 and VTP

If you want to use VTP on a Cisco Nexus 3000 series switch, you can just forget it. They only support transparent mode. That’s only useful if you have a VTP server somewhere else. I don’t understand why Cisco doesn’t support server and client modes in the 3000 series, especially when they support SVI. It’s not a license issue either. Cisco TAC confirmed this all, and the engineer that I spoke with is just as confused by all of this. Moral of the story is, don’t use 3000 series switches as your core layer if you wish to have them manage VTP. Oh well, my loss is your gain.

CCNP Security, Half Way There!

Last Friday, I took the second of four tests to complete the CCNP Security certification. And I passed! Cisco is changing the tests on April 21 this year, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to cram in two more tests by then. I won’t lose any credit of what I’ve done so far, but all the testing material will become obsolete by then.

CCNP Security – Test 1 of 4 Complete!

Yes that’s right, test 1 of 4 completed for my CCNP Security! The added bonus to taking this particular test was that it came with a mini-certification for IOS Security Specialist!

The Road To CCNP Security

It was nearly 3 years to the day that I completed CCNA Security. So coming down to the expiration, I had to prepare to retake a previous exam or move onward and upward with another exam and certification. Obviously it makes sense to go up. I prepared for the CCNP Security SECURE 642-637 exam and passed! Part 1 of 4 tests to take to get the CCNP Security. Here I come!

Cisco Live 2013, Maybe Next Year

Each year in June, Cisco holds their annual geek-dom for conferences, lectures, labs, you name it. Each year I try to get myself sponsored via my job, but unfortunately it doesn’t work out. This year I may not even try because I am having ACL surgery in April and recovery by that time will be tough.

There’s always next year…

Cisco Licensing, How To Apply An Upgrade

If you have ever upgraded a license on a Cisco device, you’ll know it’s not the hardest thing to do, but it’s not the easiest either. That was helpful, huh? Anyways, here’s a good article on what to do next after you purchase that license.

Failed Cisco ASA 5505?!

In all my years, yes, I sound like an old man, but it is true, I have never encountered a bad piece of Cisco equipment, until today.
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Android & Cisco VPN AnyConnect – Part 1

Cisco is finally seeing the light when it comes to VPN support for Android’s. You may wonder why you would want VPN access from your Android device. Having VPN access from a mobile device means you can access basically access any company resource remotely¬†(like a privately hosted Citrix environment, Windows Active Directory resources, Remote Desktop, VNC, etc). This is very handy for the typical network/system administrator or road-warrior.

So how do you get started?

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Cisco CCSP Program Changes

Looking through the latest Global Knowledge course catalog that I just received, I noticed Cisco is changing the CCSP program. It’s a much more simplified concept, but it sucks for people (like me) who are mid-way through it. If you don’t complete the current model of CCSP by April 28, 2011, you will forfeit those completed classes and exams!

I have two exams to take from the two recent classes I attended, but it will be wasted if I can’t complete the fourth and final class before the program changes. I may have to push through and take the fourth class (or at least the test) before the end of April. That way I get the CCSP before Cisco changes it all.

You too can check out this nifty tool from GK (Global Knowledge) to help you figure out the changes coming for CCSP:

Requirement fulfilled for CNSS 4011 training standard!

Recently I received a letter from Cisco acknowledging that I’ve fulfilled the requirements which meet¬†the CNSS 4011 training standard for information security professionals in the federal government. A valid CCNA certification and passing the 640-553 IINS exam meets this standard.

More information can be found here.

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