Sunday, 31 October 2010

Apache and F5

18.30 - I'm currently waiting for my Virtual machine to install Ubuntu, so I can then install Apache and start my big Apache/F5 virtual lab!

18.40 - Ubuntu installed!

18.50 - Apache installed!

19.00 - Apache running a modified default config!

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Slow posting...

I seem to have really slowed down in my posting of late... I had been trying to post at least once a week, but appear to have missed at least the last 2!

Here's a quick update on what has been happening;

- MPLS videos are all complete, and I'm currently reading through the MPLS Fundamentals book from CiscoPress (link to follow)
- I've also started reading through a basic book on setting up Apache webserver
- F5 have released a trial version of their BIG-IP LTM VE (some time ago, but I've only just found it!)
- Based on the previous 2 points, I'm looking at creating a good test lab, where I can run 2 instances of Apache and load balance between the 2. I'll probably tie this in to the MPLS lab topology, and play around with Internet service VPNs etc

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010


I've just discovered DropBox. Well, I'd heard of it before, but never tried it or set myself up with an account. Now that I have however, i've realised that it is probably a good way to host Dynamips .net files and sample configs, Wireshark captures etc.

Also, if you'd like to sign-up with your own account, please feel free to use this link. In return I'll receive an additional 250MB of free storage, which means I'll be able to post even more .net files, sample configs and Wireshark captures...

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Saturday, 9 October 2010

INE MPLS CoD all done!

I've come to the end of my INE MPLS CoD videos now, all-in-all they were very good!

From knowing basic Frame-mode MPLS (at an ISCW level), I have learned;

  • how LDP works
  • how LDP, the ISPs IGP, and CEF all work together
  • how to run MP-BGP for multiple VRFs
  • how to overlap VRFs and create shared-VRFs between customers
  • how to implement 3 different methods for providing customers with Internet access
  • how to create MPLE Traffic Engineering tunnels
My next step is to run through all of the practical exercises again, run through the MPLS exercises from my INE Vol I CCIE R&S Workbook, and possibly whatever bits and pieces I can find on SafariBooks relating to MPLS.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Basic Layer2 MPLS VPNs

Ok, so as far as I am aware, Layer2 VPNs are not covered in the INE MPLS CoD, or at least, they're not in the first 25 lessons that i've watched. But, as it was something that I was interested in recreating, I did a little Google search, and found the Cisco documentation for such a configuration. It is relatively simple;

PE(config-if)#mpls l2transport route [destination-PE address] [Virtual Circuit id]

This then gets translated (certainly in the IOS that i'm using anyway) to;

PE(config-if)#xconnect [destination-PE address] [Virtual Circuit id] encapsulation mpls