Lindsay Hill network control, visibility, management

Speaking at HP Discover 2013

HP Discover is HP’s showcase technology conference, bringing together speakers, presentations, partners and products from right across HP’s product line. It covers everything from laptops to servers and software. It’s held twice a year, in Las Vegas in June, and in Europe in late November/early December. If you work with HP products or services in any form, it’s a great place to find out more about what’s happening, what’s coming up, and how to make the most out of your systems.

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HP's Free Network Utilities - Why?

HP Software recently released 6 free network utilities and tools. Free stuff is good right? We all like free. But HP doesn’t do things out of the goodness of its heart - what’s the angle for them to make money? I can’t work it out. Recently I tried out these tools, and I can’t understand their strategy.

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HP IMC - Edition Comparison

HP IMC was originally offered in two editions - Standard and Enterprise. As of v5.2, there is also a “Basic” edition. The new “Basic” edition is feature-limited, aimed at smaller customers with limited network management requirements.

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HP0-Y32 Exam Review

I have to pass two exams to complete HP Master ASE - Network Infrastructure. I recently passed the first of these, “HP0-Y32: Designing and Troubleshooting Open Standard Networks.”

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Maintaining Order: Tools and Tips

I’ve had a couple of questions come up about how I organise my life around work/study. I can’t promise all the answers, but I can relate what I’ve done over the last 18 months. Pretty much all the other certifications I’ve studied for were trivially easy compared to CCIE, or I was studying full-time, as in the case of my degree. This one was different. Far more time-consuming, and I had to organise things better if I was going to get through it. The other challenge I had was changing jobs about a year ago. Previously I was working at one place, so I had one list of tasks to do. Now I work in more of a consulting role, and I’m often in quite short-term engagements. That means multiple lists of tasks, for multiple clients. My previous methods weren’t keeping pace.

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HP0-Y32 Study Guide - Review and Errata

As part of my preparation for the “HP0-Y32: Designing and Troubleshooting Open Standard Networks” exam, I used the official study guide from HP Press: “HP ASE Network Infrastructure Official Certification HP0-Y32 Exam Guide.”

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HP Master ASE - Network Infrastructure

What is the “HP Master ASE - Network Infrastructure” certification?

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IMC - Backups not working via Telnet?

Recently I was involved in a discussion on HP’s IMC Forum, where MohammadH needed help with IMC. One of the problems he had was switch backups not working properly. It can be a bit of a chore tracking down the source of the problem, but the best place to start is usually <IMC install dir>\server\conf\log\imccfgbakdm.<current_date>.log.

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HP Learner ID

For HP exams, you need a “Learner ID.” Apparently your HP Passport account is not enough, and they like to maintain separate databases. Just to confuse things. You will need a Learner ID to get access to the HP Learning Center (where there is some free content), and to schedule exams.

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CCIE: Success!

This is from my post on northlandboy.com, shortly after passing the CCIE R&S lab on my second attempt:

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