Sunday, 13 January 2013

CCNP Voice lab rental with INE

Hello again..

I've just spent the last 2 and a half hours using INE's Voice Rack Rental service to get some hands-on time ahead of my 642-437 CVOICE exam.  The exam is scheduled during my trip to Cisco Live, so still a few weeks away yet, but I had the afternoon free for studying at home, and this seemed the best use of the time.

This is the first time i've really used their Voice racks, so it took me a while to get myself setup and comfortable with access to all the kit.  That said, they do provide a great service that automatically loads pre-defined configs at the start of the session, so all the fundamental routing/switching/login-credentials are already in place, which saves a bunch of time over getting a rack of completely blank kit.

As I wanted to work on the CUCME / Gateway setup, I chose to load their initial configs from Module 15 of the Voice Workbook Volume I.  This focuses on Branch 2 (R3) of their Voice topology, which consists of a 2811 Router, a 3550 Switch, and a couple of 7961 phones to play with.

Next post i'll write up a breakdown of the tasks I completed, and plan out some tasks specific for the CVOICE exam ahead of my next rental.

'Til next time..

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Been a while... again..., it's been more than 12 months almost TWO YEARS since my last post...

But, a New Year, and a New Year's Resolution means I'm resurrecting the blog!  So look forward to more regular updates, possibly even as regular as they were all the way back in 2010.

A lot has happened in the time since my last post, for a start I have completed my 'CCSP', although not before it changed to CCNP:Security...  So not quite what I was planning back here.  The exams I ended up taking were a mix of one old CCSP (SNRS) and the remainder new CCNP:Security, as below;

  • 642-504 Securing Networks with Routers and Switches (SNRS)
  • 642-617 Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Features (FIREWALL)
  • 642-647 Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN)
  • 642-627 Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS)
In the next post (or two) I'll put a few words around what happened for each of the exams.

Also, i'm now working towards my CCNP:Voice (CCVP as was), with the current goal being to get 3 exams done before the end of March...  *fingers crossed* so expect a few blog-posts on how my revision goes.  

Finally, i'll be attending Cisco Live once again this year in London, and may even try to tweet/blog from the event.  We'll see... 

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Been a while...

...but I wanted to document this somewhere, so I can refer to it in the future.

I received a LaCie 500GB "rikiki" drive today that i'd ordered off of Amazon. This is a great little drive that is powered off of the USB port, so no need to lug around an extra power adaptor :) The plan is to use it with both my MacBook at home, and my Win7 machine at work.

Unfortunately, the built-in setup software only allowed 468GB for Mac only, and 32GB Max as a 'shared' partition (both Mac OS X and Windows). So I decided to format it completely on my windows machine, creating a 500GB NTFS fileshare. Little did I know at the time, that Mac OS X has just Read-only access to NTFS shares by default... :(

However, following these simple steps allows the drive to be mounted as read/write;

Open Terminal
'diskutil info /Volumes/volume_name'
'sudo nano /etc/fstab'
'LABEL=volume_name none ntfs rw'
ctrl-x to exit, y to save
Restart and reconnect the drive

This enables the NTFS share to be mounted as read/write! :)

Monday, 10 January 2011

INE Training

Blimey, I can't believe it has been so long since my last Blog post!! Time has really flown by with the Christmas holidays and everything...

As mentioned previously, my work are happy for me to purchase INE online training. Over Christmas I took advantage of their '12 Days of Christmas' offers, and purchased their CCSP Class-on-Demand and got CCVP Class-on-Demand for free, yay!

I also picked up their IP Multicast Class-on-Demand and received the IPv6 Class-on-Demand for free also.

The CCSP videos are going well so far, and I've made plenty of notes. My plan is to sit the exam when I'm at Cisco Live! at the end of the month. I'll then have approx. 3 months to finish off the other exams before they are made redundant in Apr/May this year.

I'd also previously planned to start my CCIE studies this year, so will be doing some of that reading also (as I went to the effort of programming my 2Do app to remind me to read different sections every couple of days!)..

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Sunday, 19 December 2010

Internetwork Expert / Training

My manager has agreed that I can purchase some INE training materials, in lieu of going on courses. They are actually quite happy for me to go to classroom-based training (although budget is frozen now 'til the new financial year), but I have said that i'd be happier using INE's Class-on-Demand and just taking an hour out of work here and there to study, rather than multiple week's out of the office.

To make things even better, INE are currently doing a '12 Days of Christmas' sales event, where everyday there is a different product on buy-one-get-one-free! So I should be able to get a lot of training material for very little of the company's money!

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Cisco Live! London

Through my new job, I should be going to Cisco Live! when it comes to London at the end of January (i've been told I can go, but we've not yet received our tickets or any form of registration).

I've never been before, but it looks like there is quite a lot going on and plenty to see, so I'm looking forward to it. Looking through the schedule, I have already found a number of sessions which I would like to attend, and unfortunately many more which I will have to miss because of their timing. I am hoping that once I have registered, I will be able to see some indication of the sessions being recorded and available afterwards online.

I understand you are entitled to a free Cisco Certification exam at the event also, so I may try and go over my MPLS studies again in the new year, and sit the exam.

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Monday, 13 December 2010

New job

The new job is going well! My first week involved flying to Los Angeles to help with an office-move. Nothing too involved from the data point of view, just some new users moving into a new floor at the existing location, and leaving just clear Internet access for those remaining at the old office until next Spring.

But the main purpose of my trip was to shadow the working going on with the voice guys and the Mitel PBX. Primarily, I was there to watch the integration to Microsoft OCS (using a SIP trunk). I've not really had much to do with Mitel PBX's in the past, but it was all simple enough to pick up.

So much so, that on my first day back in London, I was setting up proprietary Mitel IP-to-IP trunk links (what they call XNET) between PBXs in Mumbai and New Delhi! A fun start!

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