In this episode we talk to Tracket Pacer, aka Lexie! Lexie has been making waves on social media as she live streams her learning and preparations for the ENSARI Exam. Lexie works as a Network Engineer for a large cloud focused company, but how she got there is one amazing story! You can follow Lexi:Twitter:Continue reading “Ep 62 – Ok Shitbirds its Time to Learn about Tracket Pacer!”
In this episode we are talking about home labs! Where do you start? Is there actually merit in having a physical lab? We share our experiences and thoughts on the matter. Our conclusions may surprise you! (But probably not…) Affiliate Links:Nord VPN – 73% off a 2 Year Subscription + 4 Months absolutely Free!!https://nordvpn.com/taone orContinue reading “Ep 61 – Home Labs!”
In this episode, Andy and A.J. talk about what returning to the office looks likes, and is it really a requirement for IT Professionals? What’s your situation? Are you being asked to return to the office full time or a portion of the time, or is it still optional? Hit us up on Twitter soContinue reading “Ep 60 – Return to the Office!”
This week we talk to Lily Clark. Lily has taken an amazing journey from Sales, to Customer Success, to Marketing, and she has recently landed in Offensive Security! Hear how Lily has taken on learning tech and landing her dream job working in Offensive Security. Useful Links:Kali Linux – https://www.kali.org/Parrot Linux – https://www.parrotsec.org/Free INE Training!Continue reading “Ep 59 – From Marketing to Offensive Security!”
This week we talk to Luis, better known as NetSecWheezy! Luis shares his journey with us on how he went from slinging ice cream to Network Engineering! He’s had an exciting career so far and made some risky, yet rewarding moves. Wheezy is also one of the most active members of our Discord community, heContinue reading “Ep 58 – Wheezy!”
In this episode, we interview Tom Hollingsworth! Tom shares how he went from being a Sr. Network Engineer at a Partner to the face of Tech Field Day! Tom also shares his journey to the CCIE, #29213. Also, if you’re interested in joining TFD as a delicate you’ll want to listen in! Links from theContinue reading “Ep 57 – Welcome to Tom’s Corner!”
In this episode, we talk about their experience and the importance of documenting the network. We also go over the various tools used to document the network as well as the different types of diagrams. We’ll even discuss how you can get started and learn how to document your network for free – no needContinue reading “Ep 56 – Documentation”
This week we discuss every IT Pro’s most hated, yet most helpful, thing – change management. What is it? Why does it exist? Why is such a pain? But, yet, why is it so helpful to us? We get to the bottom of these answers and more! Special shoutout to our Patreon members for makingContinue reading “Ep 55 – Change Management”
This week we talk to CCIE, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco Press Author, Pilot, and Blogger – Roddie Hasan. Roddie has over 30 years of experience in networking, and today focuses on Cisco Software-Defined Access, among other technologies. We’ll hear how Roddie got into IT and what ultimately influenced him to choose networking. Roddie also sharesContinue reading “Ep 54 – eiddoR”
In today’s episode we talk to Emmanuel Pimentel, aka Manny! Manny is a prominent member of our community. He joins us and shares his journey on breaking into Enterprise Networking via retail! He has that perfect balance of positivity, drive, determination, and compassion. When someone has a win or achievement posted within Discord or Twitter,Continue reading “Ep 53 – Manny”
From Collaboration to Cyber Security Engineer – this week we’re talking with Robin Canela! Robin shares his coming-up story, and how the quarantine in 2020 motivated him to make some big life changes. Hear how in this episode! You can find Robin: Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobinCanela LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robincanela/ Blog: https://robincanela.com/ Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/artofneteng Follow usContinue reading “Ep 52 – The Cinna-man”
In this episode we’re talking about SD-WAN! We discuss the benefits of SD-WAN, over traditional WAN, and share our experiences with various SD-WAN offerings. We don’t deep dive because we were trying to keep the discussion vendor agnostic. Consider this our intro to SD-WAN as there is much, much, more to discuss on the topic,Continue reading “Ep 51 – SD-WAN”
You Tweeted us, DM’d us, emailed us, sent recordings, and some of you even sent us videos! We answered every single question we got in this 2 hour ask us anything special! Thank you for your support – now on to the next 50!! Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/artofnetengFollow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/artofneteng/Join the groupContinue reading “Ep 50 – Ask us anything!”
In this episode we are talking about Burnout and Rust out! These will two are likely to hit any professional at some point in their career so we thought we’d take some time to discuss what these look like and how to most effectively deal with them. Special thanks to our Discord members for havingContinue reading “Ep 49 – Burnout and Rustout”
This episode is sponsored by OpenGear, providing secure remote management of your critical network infrastructure. In this episode we talk to Dan Baxter, SE Manager, with OpenGear. We discuss Dan’s break into tech from Art Teacher to SE. We then answer the question “What is Out-Of-Band Management?” Then we touch on the OpenGear advantage! IfContinue reading “Ep 48 – Out-of-Band Management”
This week we’re talking about everything on-call! What is it? What’s being “on-call” actually look like? What it means to various organizations. And most importantly – what you should look for when interviewing with a company when discussing being on call and compensation. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artofnetengFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/artofnetengFollow us on InstagramContinue reading “Ep 47 – Get Awoken When it’s Broken!”
In this episode we’re talking about time management. We share tips and tactics we use to make the most of our time. What do you use to help manage your time? We’d love to hear from you! And, we’ve got some really exciting news, but you’ll have to listen to find out! A.J.’s app recommendations:Continue reading “Ep 46 – Time Management”
In this episode, Dan, A.J., guest host Tim Bertino, and returning episode guest Tim McC talk about soft skills, their importance, how to sharpen them, and more. Join us as we share our experience with our own soft skills and were we see their importance shine the most. Cisco config rollback documentation – https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/ios-xml/ios/config-mgmt/configuration/15-sy/config-mgmt-15-sy-book/cm-config-rollback-confirmed-change.html FollowContinue reading “Ep 45 – Softskillz”
In this episode, two worlds collide! We chat with Frank Padikkala and the IT Factor podcast! We talk with Frank about the similarities between IT and AV professionals and how the two worlds often meet. We encourage Frank’s listeners to join us as we know a lot of the members of our own community haveContinue reading “Ep 44 – IT Factor Crossover!”
In this episode, we talk to Teneyia! She shares her upcoming story on how she went from being a fitness trainer to Network Engineer. She shares her viewpoints on motivation vs discipline, and why one matters way more than another. She also gives great advice on handling interviews, and what to do when you areContinue reading “Ep 43 – You get 5 Seconds”
In this episode we are joined by Tim Bertino once again! Tim, A.J., and Andy celebrate a ton of wins from our Winning channel, Tim introduces an exciting new blog series on the AONE blog that focuses on the CCNA, and we take a brief trip down memory lane recapping that last 30 or soContinue reading “Ep 42 – A Look Back”
This week we speak with Beau, an audio engineer making a pivot to network engineering. Covid destroyed the live entertainment industry, so Beau made a decision to pursue a career in IT. Armed with his A+, Net+, home lab and CCNA study materials Beau plans to take and pass his CCNA by the end ofContinue reading “Ep 41 – From Audio to Network Engineer”
This week we talk to Kevin Camacho, otherwise known as Automacho. Kevin came from the NOC and now works on Andy’s team as a Network Engineer with a focus on Automation. Kevin shares his journey and provides some advice to others on working in a NOC. You follow Kevin on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-camacho-39012812a/ Like usContinue reading “Ep 40 – Automacho”
Andy and Aaron discuss Andy’s time working in the NOC, nicknames and how important the mental game is to success. Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artofnetengFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/artofnetengFollow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/artofneteng/Join the group on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/artofneteng/Check out our website https://artofnetworkengineering.comContact us firstname.lastname@example.orgMerch Store – https://artofneteng.com/storeJoin the Discord Study group – It’s all AboutContinue reading “Ep 39 – Andy’s Hard NOC Life”
We are back this episode with Part 2 of our conversation with Bart Castle! Bart, Andy, and Aaron talk about the benefits of the cloud to software devs, Bart’s roots in networking, and a whole lot more in this week’s episode! Follow Bart!Twitter: @cloudbartYouTube: youtube.com/c/bartcastle NEW! Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artofnetengFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/artofnetengFollowContinue reading “Ep 38 – Bart Castle Part 2”
In this week’s episode we talk to musician, artist, and Cloud Guru – Bart Castle! Bart weaves an engaging and brilliant tapestry of music, yurts, wanderlust and cloud stories. Buckle up and get ready to learn some cool stuff on this one! Follow Bart!Twitter: @cloudbartYouTube: youtube.com/c/bartcastle NEW! Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artofnetengFollow us on TwitterContinue reading “Ep 37 – Bart Castle Part 1”
In this episode A.J., Andy, and Dan discuss the differences in being a siloed engineer vs a jack of all trades. There are certainly pros and cons to each of these approaches. The team leverages and shares their experience with each of these approaches. NEW! Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artofnetengFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/artofnetengFollow usContinue reading “Ep 36 – Siloed vs Jack of All Trades”
In this episode we talk to Jeff Clark, a Sales Engineer at Fortinet. Jeff discusses how he went from a mortgage broker, to Network Engineer, to SE, as well as what the SE role is all about. You can find more of Jeff online at:http://www.fortijeff.com/ NEW! Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artofnetengFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/artofnetengFollowContinue reading “Ep 35 – FortiJeff”
In this episode Dan and Andy discuss the technical interview with special guest, Tim McConnaughy. Tim is a Technical Solutions Architect at Cisco who has a lot of experience on both sides of the technical interview table. The guys talk about their personal experiences with technical interviews, how to prepare for one and how toContinue reading “Ep 34 – Technical Interviews”
In this episode the guys talk about the life of a cord cutter. The advantages and disadvantages of cord cutting over traditional TV, the backend wheelings and dealings that make pay-as-you-go options impossible in traditional distribution models and streaming’s impact on the global network. NEW! Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/artofnetengFollow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/artofnetengFollow usContinue reading “Ep 33 – Cord Cutters”
In this episode, we talk with Peter Brown, co-author of Make it Stick! Peter is one of the team of three authors that wrote Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Peter explains the original idea for the book, the team discusses many of the tactics for successful learning outlined within the book, andContinue reading “Ep 32 – Make it Stick”
In this episode, we talk to Tim Bertino! Tim is part of the AONE family working on our blog. He is the author and creator of the Faces of the Journey series, and he helps to find, and create, binge worth content for our website. When Tim isn’t working on the blog he is workingContinue reading “Ep 31 – Tim Bertino”
In this episode, the boys take a moment to talk about mental health. They stress how important it is to take time and make sure to take good care of your mental health. If you’re going through difficult times it’s okay. It’s okay to have feelings and emotions, don’t hold that stuff in. As always,Continue reading “Ep 30 – Mental Health”
In this episode, Andy and Aaron discuss their experiences as cable guys and how they contributed to their current IT positions. You’ll hear about the varied skillsets they obtained as cable technicians and how being a cable guy can be a great introduction into the technical arena. Be sure to check out https://teespring.com/stores/artofneteng All profitsContinue reading “Ep 29 – Cable Guys”
In this episode Andy and A.J. discuss the jobs they had prior to getting into tech, and the decisions that ultimately led them to an IT Career path. You’ll hear the paths we almost took, why we ended up not taking them, and how Andy burned a car to the ground. Yeah you read thatContinue reading “Ep 28 – Before we got into IT”
In this week’s episode, Andy and Aaron are absent, so it’s the Dan and A.J show! Dan and AJ talk about living in rural areas and the various challenges it can pose to the job market. They set the stage by talking about population sizes in their area and compare it to other areas, andContinue reading “Ep 27 – CCENT Emeritus”
A.J., Dan, and Andy talk strategies for tracking progress on goals. As always, we get off the main topic but we cover a lot of great stuff in this episode, like how to properly use flashcards, using practice exams as a tool, and not waiting until just before your scheduled exam. We also celebrate breakingContinue reading “Ep 26 – Goal Hacks”
In this episode, the guys discuss goal setting and their goals for 2021. Join them and let us know what you’re committing to in 2021. Hit us up on Twitter @artofneteng or use the hashtag #aone. This episode is available in video format on our YouTube Channel! Check it out: https://youtu.be/trxfYItKYNA Be sure to checkoutContinue reading “Ep 25 – 2021 Goals”
In this week’s episode we talk to Mansoor. Mansoor works as Cisco TAC HTTS – (High Touch Technical Support) Technical Consulting Engineer dedicated to Google and AT&T. Mansoor started out working in NYC as a Cab driver and eventually found his way into IT. Todd Lammle CCNA Book – https://amzn.to/38rksmF Mansoor’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/mansoor-alam-90b54545/ BeContinue reading “Ep 24 – From the Cab to TAC”
In part two Keith shares insights on how he studies! He recommends reinvesting 2-3% of your income back into yourself, used for video training, lab equipment, and other study materials to help you grow. He goes on to discuss how he stays motived and the rest of the group jumps in. Keith also makes theContinue reading “Ep 23 – of IT”
In this episode, we talk to The OG himself, Keith Barker! Keith, very openly, shares his journey into tech, and then into teaching. Keith also shares his experience obtaining not one, but two CCIEs – and this was all in just part one of this exciting two-part series! Follow Keith on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/KeithBarkerCCIEYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Keith6783CBT Nuggets: https://ogit.online/Keith-CBTDiscord:Continue reading “Ep 22 – The OG”
This week we talk with Daniel Teycheney, all the way from Australia! Daniel talks about life as a Network Engineer in Australia, the similarities and differences. Daniel is a Network Automation Engineer for a global company. He shares his journey with us, and offers some advice on getting started with your Network Automation journey! YouContinue reading “Ep 21 – He Automates a LAN Down Unda”
In this episode the guys answer the top 10 questions about getting started in networking. What study materials should I use? Physical vs. virtual lab? What are some good study habits? And, so much more! This episode runs a little longer than usual, we had a lot to say. Sign up for Cisco’s Packet TracerContinue reading “Ep 20 – Top 10 Questions”
In this episode we speak to our resident technical recruiter, Brittany! Brittany is a Lead Technology Recruiter at Oscar Technology. She focuses mostly on the network industry and primarily helps to fill network engineering related positions. Brittany talks about her process and makes some fantastic recommendations for people seeking new roles as a network engineer.Continue reading “Ep 19 – She’s got jobs!”
This week we talk to Carl! Carl shares his journey from the Marines, to FedEx, and then into IT. Carl also shares his experience preparing for, and taking, certification exams. Check out Carl’s article on the AONE Blog – The Art of Preparing for a Cisco Exam. You can follow Carl on Twitter, he isContinue reading “Ep 18 – Carl!”
In this episode, you guessed, it’s just A.J. and Aaron. A.J. shares the latest journey he’s begun, discussing physical vs digital books, and more. The guys also discuss study habits and styles, and the idea of “total compensation” with your employer. Apologies for the poor audio on A.J’s side – he had the wrong inputContinue reading “Ep 17 – The A.J. and Aaron Show”
This week Zig Zsiga joins the crew as we discuss – What is a Network Engineer? Zig is a Customer Delivery Architect at Cisco. Outside of Cisco he runs his own blog, YouTube Channel, and Podcast. Zig is also developing and running course on being a Network Designer/Architect. Additionally, Zig is a Dual CCIE inContinue reading “Ep 16 – What is a Network Engineer?”
This week’s episode is part 2 of our interview with Knox Hutchinson. Check it out! This episode was not sponsored by CBT Nuggets. Knox just happens to be big fan of the podcast and we’re are a big fan of him, so this just made sense! To get more Knox check him out on:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DataKnoxTwitter:Continue reading “Ep 15 – Knox”
In this week’s episode we talk to Knox Hutchinson. That’s right, CBT Trainer, Knox joins us and tells us about how he got into IT and eventually IT Training at CBT. We had such a great conversation we had to break it up over two episodes! So, check out part one this week and comeContinue reading “Ep 14 – Data”
In this episode Aaron returns, and along with Dan and Andy they chat with Deirra Footman, CCIEby30! Deirra shares her journey on getting into IT and finding her way into Network Engineering. Along the way she shares some great advice, that we haven’t yet heard on the show yet! And, Dan learns a lesson heContinue reading “Ep 13 – Deirra Footman, CCIEby30”
In this week’s episode we meet Matt. Matt shares his journey from the Ez-Desk to the Help Desk, and beyond! Make sure you seat belt is fastened, your tray table is in the upright and locked position, and get ready to take a ride with Matt!
In this episode we talk to Shala, aka Gifted Lane! Shala tells her story on how she got into networking – which includes building networks and supporting one of the largest Oil and Gas companies in the world!
We hit Episode 10! In this one Dan, A.J., and Andy take a moment to reflect on the last 10, talking about some of the feedback we’ve gotten, how covid has impacted us each a little differently, and some updates on some of our previous guests. We also discuss some of what’s coming.
In this episode we meet Eugene. Eugene works the help desk but how he got there is a very interesting story. Eugene also keeps one of the most upbeat and positive attitudes towards everything he does. You won’t want to miss Episode 9 and Eugene.
In this episode we meet Micheline. She’s a lawyer turned Network Engineer hyper focused on Data Center and Cisco ACI. Hear more about Micheline’s journey and her advice for success.
In this episode we meet Joe, an infrastructure architect at a SaaS company. He touches everything and not just networking. He needs to see the really big picture! Joe discusses how his career prepared him to be an architect and shares his insights on facing nearly any situation or technology that comes his way.
In this episode we meet Taylor. At only 24 years old he has tons of experience working in IT and holds 4 professional level certifications. Hear about Taylor’s attitude towards his career, studying, and what contributed most to his successes.
In this episode we interview our first guest, Danny. Danny takes us through his career starting with his time in the Marines as an IT Specialist, getting his CCNP and entering the civilian world working in healthcare, and finally landing at a VAR where he now works as a Design Architect. Join us for Episode 5 to hear more about Danny.
In this episode Dan is off doing a site migration and enjoying some spectacular Memphis BBQ. A.J., Aaron, and Andy discuss the importance of your personal brand and what that means, and what it doesn’t mean. We also give some great tips and advice on professional success, including how to stand out in a crowd, and interview even when you’re not job hunting.
In this episode, Aaron, A.J., Andy, and Dan discuss the changes to the CCNA blueprint compared to previous versions, the perceived value of certifications and what they’ve actually done for us (also perceived), we then discuss what works in and interview and what doesn’t.
Have you recently taken and passed the Cisco CCNA 200-301? We’d love to hear from you! Head to our website https://artofnetworkengineering.com/ or hit us up on Twitter @artofneteng
Looking for a study group to help tackle those certifications? It’s all About the Journey! Join us in Discord – https://discord.gg/hqZ7XEG
In this episode Aaron, A.J., and Andy discuss COVID workforce impacts – Failure Plaques – Moving people to the cloud – Certification Walk of Shame – Testing from Your Bed. How has COVID19 impacted you?
Dan couldn’t make it this week he was taking some much needed r&r.
In this, the first episode, of The Art of Network Engineering, you’ll meet the team of co-hosts. We each take a moment to introduce ourselves, share our backgrounds, and the steps we took to get where we are today.