The HomeLab business was dry for a few months, then picked up with a vengeance right at Christmas. I sold 7 configured Labs over a two week period, ending the very last day of the year. Now that everything is shipped, I can get back to the projects I've been working on.
One of the projects will be... sometimes I forget the title of the Blog, "CCNP or Bust". It probably seems to the outsider, that it's more Bust than CCNP, but because of the limited use of Cisco gear at my day/night job, having the CCNP is less of a driving force. Becoming a well rounded network engineer, is more of a concern with the MEF-CECP a much more desired certification where I work.
That said, I'll be back focusing on the CCNP between February and the end of March, with a desired completion date of March 27th. There is a good reason for this, so the posts will probably be coming in a flurry between the beginning of February and that date.
I likely will be trying to take Switch around the end of Feb. So as the kids say... "It's on like Donkey Kong"
I have a few toys coming as well. I have a Dell Precision workstation, a T3600, identical to the workstations we have at work arriving today. Only thing it's missing are the dual W7000 Video cards that they (for whatever reason) Spec'ed our systems with. It's a bit of an example of what it's like to work at a company in which most of the people, apparently, even our IT department, don't really have a good grasp on what we do. $1300 for dual 4GB video cards, but only 4Gb of system ram. One can only chuckle. I picked up the entire workstation, with 8GB of system ram, for likely, less than my company paid for ONE of the video cards in my workstation at work. I estimate we probably overspent around $30,000 on our workstations.
I picked this up to run ESXi vm's for various reasons, including the evaluation version of Cisco Unified Connection manager, eventually.
I also have two more Juniper SRX210's on the way to facilitate a focus on the JNCIA-ENT after the CCNP is finished. At some point, I'd like to get out of NOC work, and into a 9-5, Monday through Friday position. I don't mind dealing with the occasional emergency network situation, but after nearly 8 years of constant Fiber cut/Network outage management, it's beginning to wear on me.
That all said I do have a subject here, and it aligns with one of my other projects, to be named later...
Cisco Configuration Pro. Something one will have to have some experience with for some of the new CCNA tests, and likely the CCNP when a likely revamp of those come.
I've set it up seriously for the first time. I have an 1841 discovered and now a 3560.
There are a few simple configurations you will need to get a node discovered.
- interface configured on the network you have your PC running CCP on.
- username, privilege, and secret password for the device.
- VTY configured with priviledge, local login, and transport inputs set
and that's pretty much it