automation, networking, worklife
VRF-Aware SNMP on Brocade VDX
SNMP was not designed with VRFs in mind. Querying the routing table via SNMP did not take into account the idea of having multiple routing tables. But clearly it’s something...
28 Oct 2016
Don't Trust Hotel Currency Conversion
Experienced travelers will already know this, but it bears repeating: Don’t trust your hotel to perform currency conversions for credit card transactions. They will rip you off. Leave it to...
28 Sep 2016
When the IPv6 Data Changes, so Should Your Opinion
Sky UK recently completed their rollout of IPv6. The uptake statistics are quite remarkable. If you think that people don’t have IPv6-capable devices, or that their home routers can’t handle...
25 Sep 2016
Time to move away from HPE Software
If you are still using HPE Software, you should actively plan to migrate away. The recent divestiture does not look good to me - I think existing customers are going...
15 Sep 2016
Stop using mobiles for conference calls
Stop using legacy mobile audio, especially for conference calls. There are better alternatives. You’re doing your customers and colleagues a disservice by using mobile audio. It’s time we moved on....
13 Sep 2016
Relocated at last
Just a quick note to let you know that I am now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. After much preparation, and administrative hassle, everything is now sorted. My...
15 Aug 2016
netmiko support for Brocade ICX and MLXe
netmiko is a “Multi-vendor library to simplify Paramiko SSH connections to network devices,” written by Kirk Byers. It doesn’t solve all of your pain with dealing with CLI-only network devices,...
13 Jul 2016
VRRP Skew Time (and always be learning...)
It’s funny how you can work with something for years, but miss a small detail. This week I learnt about Skew Time for VRRP. The reason for it is completely...
31 May 2016
Travel Badge of Shame
All frequent flyers strive to the top tier of their program. Qantas Platinum, BA Gold, KrisFlyer Elite Gold, United Premier 1K. They all want that extra level of benefits, those...
09 May 2016
GCP, and Regaining Trust
Google is telling us they’re serious about the cloud. They’re hiring the right people, spending the big bucks, and even (gasp!) talking to customers! (Oh how that must stick in...
02 Apr 2016
Networking's not so bad
Ivan’s post this week was a good reminder that other parts of IT aren’t perfect either. It’s not all roses on the other side of the fence. Networking has done...
15 Mar 2016
War Stories: Backup NICs, DNS and AD
This article is Part 11 in a 12-Part Series. Part 1 - War Stories: Loops that Permanently Broke the Network Part 2 - War Stories: Switches Lying about Duplex Mismatches...
10 Mar 2016
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