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A Dummy Light for My Network

I’ve always heard the red lights in car dashboard referred to as Dummy Lights. One example might be the use of a light to indicate high temperature in lieu of a temperature gauge. Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent … Continue reading

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Using iTerm2 with Cisco VIRL

I love using VIRL to do quick self-check of a config, personal education, and learning the behavior of particular features. I also love using the iTerm2 Terminal Emulator on the Mac. Unfortunately, it isn’t obvious how to make the two play … Continue reading

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Amazon Delivery, Not a Fully Implemented Process

Those of us who work in technology see the need to take expensive, time consuming and/or mundane activities and convert them to streamlined automated processes. Ideally we improve these to the point that they improve accuracy, provide a better experience and … Continue reading

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Simple Python Script to Read from Device

There’s a lot of talk about network programmability and I recently had a simple use case that surfaced. The goal was locating a serial number in Cisco Devices. Basically, a script is required that will do the following. Process a … Continue reading

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New Podcast for the Podcatcher – The Network Collective

I am giving a great big shout out to a new community podcast. The Network Collective is only five session in, AND it is a great podcast. I’m looking forward to catching many future episodes. Episode 1 – Top 10 Ways … Continue reading

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Non-Interactive SSH use case with Python

Sometimes the best way to learn to do something useful with a scripting language is with a starting point and a real world use case. While I don’t consider myself a Python expert, I can usually figure out how to … Continue reading

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SSH is a BAD API

Okay, so its not meant to be an API. I get that. I’ve been watching a rather good video about executing interactive commands with Parimiko and two thoughts came to my mind. Very powerful/flexible way to do tasks across many … Continue reading

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VRF Series Article 5 – Stateful Inter-Vrf connectivity

This is the fifth and final article in a series that focused on Segmenting Layer 3 Networks with VRFs. In the third article, we discussed creating a shared services VRF and using it within the otherwise segmented network. In that … Continue reading

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VRF Series Article 4 – VRF-lite in a DMVPN Network

As we’ve progressed through the Segmenting Layer 3 Networks with VRFs series, we have continued to build out a network that looks more like what we would see within an enterprise environment. This post takes it one step further and … Continue reading

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VRF Series Article 3 – Creating a Shared Services VRF

For those following the VRF Series, we currently have a topology built that consists of a segmented Layer 3 first hop network and remotely networked by carrying the isolation from the BrWan router to Main. This article covers, shared services, … Continue reading

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VRF Series Article 2 – Extending L3 Segmentation with VRF-lite

In the last article, we took an initial look at L3 segmentation with VRFs. In that case, we created a basic first hop configuration that had isolated pci and data segments. In reality, most networks are far larger and more … Continue reading

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VRF Series Article 1 – Basic L3 Segmentation with VRFs

Network engineers are well aware of the Layer 2 isolation properties of VLANs. Their use is so pervasive that they are second nature to most. This article is the first in a series that outlines specifically how VRFs can be … Continue reading

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