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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