Category Archives: Career

CLN 2015 Designated VIPs

I wanted to take a moment and give a well-deserved congratulations to the 2015 Cisco Learning Network Designated VIPs. These fine folks spend a ton of time giving back to the community by helping others in their learning process. New … Continue reading

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Validation Testing Matters

A couple of weeks ago, a CLN Member Posted a question with the heading Does ASA drop active session. The specific question was as follows– I have a time based ACL configured on a Cisco ASA. I need to know if the … Continue reading

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Forming a Thought Process for Troubleshooting

Periodically, I get a message from someone asking for troubleshooting help. The most recent of these went something like the following (paraphrasing)– I have the following routers, R1 through R5, and I cannot ping R5 from R1. Please tell me … Continue reading

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Positioning an IT Conversation

About a  week ago, I took my wife’s van to the shop. The main issue was it was making a popping noise in the front end. I only observed the noise when steering sharply and the vehicle was in motion. Typically … Continue reading

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Joining the Cisco Team

Today was a bittersweet day for me. It was my final day working with a great group of people at a prominent community bank. I have nothing but good things to say about the people, the organization, and the interesting projects I’ve been involved in. … Continue reading

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IP Subnetting Part 1: What is a Subnet?

We cover all sorts of different topics on this site. Today, we are starting a multipart series on subnetting. These concepts are fundamental building blocks for network administrators, engineers and architects. The subnetting topics outlined in this series should be well understood prior … Continue reading

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Streamlining Service Delivery with Technology

Today Uber began offering service in Lexington, Ky. I know a lot of people out there wonder why I’m such a fan of Google’s ride sharing service. The answer to that question is simple. Uber is interesting to me because … Continue reading

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Validating Candidate Knowledge

I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of knowledge validation. One of the things that frustrates me is the process asking obscure questions that depend on memorization of pointless trivia. This may occur either in the vendor testing or … Continue reading

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My Python Student

So I know what everyone is thinking–Paul is teaching programming, yeah right… Well I am sort of being a facilitator. The truth is I have a very special student, my 11 year old daughter. The broader story is that she … Continue reading

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7 Things I Learned at Networking Field Day 7

As many PacketU readers know, I spent this week in San Jose, CA as a Networking Field Day 7 delegate. For those who are unfamiliar with Networking Field Day, it is a well-run GestaltIT event that is funded by vendor … Continue reading

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Broad AND Deep, The New Technology Niche is

I’ve made the argument over and over again that the world is ready for a highly specialized workforce. There used to be a need to generalize and develop many disciplines due to geographic limitations that we have *mostly* overcome with … Continue reading

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6 Challenges of Starting A Networking Career

I spend a considerable amount of time on the Cisco Learning Network. This forum caters to those studying for Cisco Certifications and learning specifics of Cisco Products. Although there are many advanced and expert contributors, the site seems to be … Continue reading

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