Here at AONE, we believe in continuous learning and development. We also want to do what we can help those trying to break into the network engineering field. While by no means the only factor, certifications can help you gain applicable knowledge for a specific career path. They can also be used to prove toContinue reading “CCNA Series – Overview”
“Faces of the Journey” is a series that highlights individuals in the network engineering community. The journey is the path we take through our careers, and it can be very different for each of us. While the destination is important, it’s all about the journey! Meet Chris! Chris Randall, also known as @Bites_to_Bits, is anContinue reading “Faces of the Journey – Chris Randall”
I should let you know right off the top, this is not a ‘how-to’ from an expert. Instead, this is a how I was able to do something cool for the first time, article. The reason for this post is that I had to use multiple different how-to sites and was still left to troubleshootContinue reading “Gitlab + Hugo = Website Magic Happy Time”
No matter what the specific role, as an IT professional, you are going to be tasked to solve problems. Whether you are in a direct support role, part of an escalation team, or on the architecture/engineering team, you are potentially seen as someone who “fixes all the things”. Sometimes though, I think it can beContinue reading “Network Troubleshooting Tip – Model Driven”
You’ve made it to the 4th and final post in the OSPF Route Optimization series, I’m proud of you! I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d make it this far, myself. Anyway, in this post we will build upon the work we accomplished in post 3, in which we converted our flat, single area OSPF topologyContinue reading “OSPF Route Optimization – Route Summarization (Post 4)”
So I’ve made it through just about all of the SANS SEC503 material. That’s no small accomplishment in it of itself and I already feel like I’ve leveled up a bit. I now know some of the secrets about the TCP handshake, checksums and window size 🙂 If you’ve followed me through my first threeContinue reading “Starting the GIAC Certification Process”
In this post of the OSPF Route Optimization series, we take a look at multi-area OSPF. As stated before, while single-area OSPF provides us with global IP reachability, it tends to not scale well from an efficiency standpoint as the network grows. In our sample topology, we will treat the “inside” zone of each siteContinue reading “OSPF Route Optimization – Multi-Area OSPF (Post 3)”
In this second post of the OSPF Route Optimization series, we take a look at our sample topology network configured with a single OSPF area. We will see that while we have global IP reachability throughout the network, the routing tables are not very efficient, and this design may not scale well. Here is anotherContinue reading “OSPF Route Optimization – Single Area OSPF (Post 2)”
When it comes to global reachability within an organization, dynamic routing is a beautiful thing. There are multiple internal gateway protocols (IGPs) out there, but in this series of posts, we are going to focus on OSPF. Taking this focus a step further, we will go through IP/subnet design and routing table optimization. As withContinue reading “OSPF Route Optimization – Background (Post 1)”
I came across a pretty cool tool during the first part of section 3 of my SANS503 course: Scapy. Using this tool you can do many things, for example, read in packets, edit packets and create entirely new packets just to name a few. The easiest way to get started it to just type outContinue reading “scapy or not, here I come!”
The third section of my SANS503 course has a huge section, the second biggest of the entire course, dealing with some 110+ slides on snort. I’m not here to give you the history of snort, IDS/IPS placement within your enterprise or any of that, instead I just want to introduce you to the basic structureContinue reading “new snort rule, who dis?”
Bitcoin continues to be pioneering as the currency continues to hit all-time high every new season, particularly in 2020.. As at the time this article was written. It currently trades at $26,765. But one of Crypto’s interesting applications is not that individuals trade it to become richer. It’s about solving big challenges that make moneyContinue reading “PIONEERING BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY BY BECOMING A NETWORK ENGINEER”
When learning, I often try to do as my teacher. For example, when I went through Kirk Byers free network automation course he used Vim exclusively which meant I got to get pretty comfortable with it myself. Now that I’m on to day 2 materials of my SANS SEC503 course I find myself getting deepContinue reading “tcpdump filters, an intro”
We are about to wrap up a year where the word “unprecedented” has been heard and read by each one of us dozens of times. You’ll hear it once more from me. Many of the plans we made last year were derailed. Families and jobs have been affected. The world has been in turmoil. EvenContinue reading “Network Adjustments – Reflecting back on 2020”
Standing at the bottom of the mountain looking up is where I find myself yet again. I joined the Air National Guard full-time in the summer of 2018, 36 years old and beginning what is my 4th, 5th or 6th career or life stage so to speak. Getting back into IT wasn’t something I plannedContinue reading “Starting Over”
This article first appeared on Tim’s blog, carpe-dmvpn.com Recently I saw a post where different network engineers I really respect gave advice for new network engineers and it got me thinking. What would my own rules be, if I were trying to hand down some wisdom (as if I were wise) to someone starting inContinue reading “10 Pieces of Advice for Network Engineers”
This article first appeared on Ben’s blog – packitforwarding.com I don’t know about you, but this year has really kept me kind of down. I really missed seeing friends at tech conferences this year and I’m starting to go a bit stir crazy limiting my travels to about 10 miles from home. That’s why IContinue reading “2020 Geek to Geek Pick Me Up Exchange”
This article first appeared on David’s blog, https://zerosandwon.blog/. If you are reading this, you are probably trying to study and a very important question has come up: “How do I even make time?”. I look across social media and that is one question that seems to be a concern for many of us. Whether youContinue reading “Study Tips for the Time Challenged”
Chris recently spoke to others on their network engineer journey and found many people get started with the CompTIA N+. Chris dug in to find out way so many people get started with this popular certification.
In this article Girard shares how he got his start in IT, and shares his advice for anyone looking to jump in.
In this article Tim asks ‘What do certifications mean to you?” Join in the conversation in the comments!
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?
In this post, podcast guest, Danny gives some excellent pointers on preparing for that next job, including the Do’s and Do Not’s of resumes and interviews.
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!”
In this article recent podcast guest, Taylor, walks us through how to configure a virtual port-channel on Cisco Nexus switches. Check it out, and bookmark it for future reference!
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.
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”
In his first guest appearance on The Art of Network Engineering, Tim discusses placement of L2/L3 boundaries in a traditional 3-Tier campus design.
#AONE contributing author and #CiscoChampion, Ben Story, shows us how to package Cisco AnyConnect for easy deployment!
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.
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.
In this article Aaron cover LAN, WAN, VPN, MPLS, and MetroEthernet! This article will thoroughly explain the differences between these different types of networks and where they are commonly seen. Ok don’t be so hard on yourself you aren’t a dummy! Whew, now that we have gotten over that let’s talk about a few things.