Lindsay Hill network control, visibility, management

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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CCIE Study: Narbik Bootcamp

From an earlier post on northlandboy.com, this was my review of the boot camp I attended as part of my CCIE study.

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CCIE - First Lab Attempt Experience

This is from a post on northlandboy.com, shortly after my failed first CCIE lab attempt:

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Squid with Dynamic SSL Cert and Kerberos Authentication

If you implement a proxy server for security reasons, you must implement SSL Intercept, or anyone can waltz on past your anti-virus, filtering, and content restrictions. For a previous employer, I needed to configure squid to support SSL Intercept. At the time, it was not well documented, and had a few issues. Hopefully this helps someone out.

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HP IMC 5.1 Review

I wrote a review of HP’s Intelligent Management Center (IMC), at Packetpushers.net. I like the product, but it was not all glowing:

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