automation, networking, worklife
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
Efficiency vs Effectiveness
I’ve been wondering about how we’re approaching networking change. We know we need to make things better. Are we changing the ‘right’ things? I’ve got a feeling that we’re not,...
04 Mar 2016
Configure the Brocade NOS REST API to use HTTPS
Brocade VDX switches have REST and NETCONF interfaces. The REST API uses the built-in HTTP server. By default, this uses plain-text HTTP. As of NOS 6.0, you can (and should!)...
05 Feb 2016
Help! My Boss is Scared of Automation!!!
A reader asked “What can I do if my boss won’t let me automate my tasks?” Sadly some people still have a fear of automating even common, well-understood tasks. They’re worried about...
28 Jan 2016
Learning to Love Codenames
One of the things I struggled with when starting at a vendor was dealing with project codenames. There is no secret decoder ring - you have to learn the names the...
25 Jan 2016
Modifying Packet Captures with tcprewrite
Recently I wanted to look at the structure of sFlow packets. Of course I can read the specs, but it’s often easier to look at some real packets. So I set...
15 Jan 2016
NZ IPv6 & DNSSEC Update
A year ago I published a table of New Zealand ISP IPv6 support. At the time support was fairly poor. I’m pleased to report that things have gotten better over the...
11 Jan 2016
Brocade VDX SNMP Changes
Brocade tightened up some SNMP settings with NOS 6.0.x. This improves security, but it also means that you will need to modify your configuration if you upgrade. If you don’t,...
02 Dec 2015
Using InfluxDB + Grafana to Display Network Statistics
I loathe MRTG graphs. They were cool in 2000, but now they’re showing their age. We have much better visualisation tools available, and we don’t need to be so aggressive...
26 Oct 2015
Sit Stand Desk Setup
I work from home these days. Therefore it’s important that I have a decent desk setup. My previous setup was pretty crappy, but I only worked from home part-time. I’ve...
12 Oct 2015
Brocade BNA API
Brocade Network Advisor (BNA) has a REST API for accessing Fibre Channel-related data. The documentation includes a sample Python script showing how to connect to the API to retrieve Fabric info....
09 Oct 2015
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