Simple Cisco Text File Changes

As we are busy diving into the world of programming and automation, I’d like to remind everyone of a way to make simple config changes to a Cisco switch or router using a text file. This might not be a breakthrough, but it helps when making changes to switches or routers when those changes can possibly disconnect you from the device. Imagine working on a re-IP of a switch or even a point to point link. You have your notepad ready to go. There is a new IP and default route and all you have to do is copy/paste. You paste in the IP and lose connection. Your default route change never actually pasted because you lost connection right after the IP change. You can no longer connect to the device; panic ensues. What might be a better way to make this change and avoid the “Uh oh!” moment?

TAC Connect Bot – Devvie Has a Sibling!

This article is written by Ben Story and originally appeared on his blog packitforwarding.com Recently I opened a TAC case through my Cisco Partner. In the initial automated response from Cisco TAC, I noticed something new. There was a link (https://tacconnect.cisco.com) that I had not seen before. Since it mentioned a bot, I figured whyContinue reading “TAC Connect Bot – Devvie Has a Sibling!”

5 Tips for New Engineers

Contributing author, David A., shares his 5 Tips for New Engineers!

Next year will be my tenth in a network engineering role. I’ve seen team members come and go, leadership change and roles changes as well. Nothing is ever static, especially the technology. For those looking to enter a network engineering role or are simply young in their IT career, I wanted to jot down a couple of tips that I hope can help them be successful in their roles. I originally was going to make this network-centric, but honestly it applies to any type of role you might be in.

An Introduction to DMVPN

This article was written by Danny Finein and first appeared on his blog semperfinein.com. “Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) is a Cisco IOS Software solution for building scalable IPsec Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Cisco DMVPN uses a centralized architecture to provide easier implementation and management for deployments that require granular access controls for diverse user communities,Continue reading “An Introduction to DMVPN”

The Art of Preparing for a Cisco Exam

So, you’re either thinking about or being “encouraged” to get certified in one of the many exciting and new Cisco certification offerings?
Either way, that’s fantastic news!
Ok, first things first; Cisco, (like many other certification granting entities), have long since developed proven formats for designing certification exams as well as the supporting documentation that accompany them to aid candidates in their quest in getting certified.  For every certification exam, there is a certification “blueprint”, a syllabus of sorts.

Cisco Certified DevNet Associate, what to expect?

Enter the world of Automation and Programmability, with AONE Blog contributing author Esteban, as network engineers it’s often scary to learn that things are changing at a fast pace if you don’t know where to start Cisco new certification DevNet Associate is the right fit for this purpose, this is a short but powerful read on what to expect, how to prepare and what resources do you need to be successful.