Ep 47 – Get Awoken When it’s Broken!

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/artofneteng​Follow us on InstagramContinue reading “Ep 47 – Get Awoken When it’s Broken!”

Ep 46 – Time Management

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”

Ep 45 – Softskillz

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”

Ep 44 – IT Factor Crossover!

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!”

Ep 43 – You get 5 Seconds

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”

Ep 41 – From Audio to Network Engineer

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”

Ep 40 – Automacho

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”

Ep 39 – Andy’s Hard NOC Life

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/artofneteng​Follow 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.com​Contact us artofnetworkengineering@gmail.comMerch Store – https://artofneteng.com/storeJoin the Discord Study group – It’s all AboutContinue reading “Ep 39 – Andy’s Hard NOC Life”

Ep 38 – Bart Castle Part 2

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/artofneteng​FollowContinue reading “Ep 38 – Bart Castle Part 2”

Ep 37 – Bart Castle Part 1

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”

Ep 36 – Siloed vs Jack of All Trades

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/artofneteng​Follow usContinue reading “Ep 36 – Siloed vs Jack of All Trades”

Ep 35 – FortiJeff

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/artofneteng​FollowContinue reading “Ep 35 – FortiJeff”

Ep 34 – Technical Interviews

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”

Ep 33 – Cord Cutters

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/artofneteng​Follow usContinue reading “Ep 33 – Cord Cutters”

Ep 32 – Make it Stick

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”

Ep 30 – Mental Health

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”

Ep 29 – Cable Guys

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”

Ep 28 – Before we got into IT

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”

Ep 25 – 2021 Goals

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”

Ep 24 – From the Cab to TAC

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”

Ep 22 – The OG

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”

Ep 21 – He Automates a LAN Down Unda

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”

Ep 20 – Top 10 Questions

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”

Ep 19 – She’s got jobs!

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!”

Ep 17 – The A.J. and Aaron Show

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”

Ep 16 – What is a Network Engineer?

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?”

Ep 15 – Knox

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”

Ep 13 – Deirra Footman, CCIEby30

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”

Ep 05 – Halo Memes and Harry Potter Castles

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.

Ep 04 – Personal Brand

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.

Ep 03 – Lame Relay and VTP Heroes

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

Ep 01 – Meet the Team

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.

A.J. Murray
Twitter: @noblinkyblinky
Blog: https://blog.noblinkyblinky.com
Instagram: noblinkyblinky
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajmurrayvt/

Aaron Engineered
Web: https://www.aaronengineered.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/aaronengineered
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aaronengineered
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaronengineered/

Andy Lapteff
Twitter: https://twitter.com/andylapteff
Blog: https://permitipandyandy.wordpress.com/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/permitipandyandy/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andylapteff/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SniffPacket