automation, networking, worklife
What's In My Bag (Hint: not much)
Recently @BobMcCouch posted a photo of the contents of his bags. He’s got a lot of gear, including a hammer, and a dent-puller. He assures us that it’s for lifting tiles, but...
05 Apr 2015
F5 Data Groups, Wildcards and tmsh
Just a quick note about a problem I ran into with adding data groups to an F5 system using tmsh. I wanted to add a string data group containing a list...
01 Apr 2015
Check Point - Upgrade Without Dropping Connections
Check Point firewall upgrades have always been painful. The loss of connection state is a big part of this. Existing connections stop working, and many applications need restart. It looks like...
28 Mar 2015
HP IMC Silent Installation
HP IMC installation is normally a manual process, with plenty of clickey clickey clickey. This is OK for production systems, as most sites will only have one or maybe two IMC servers....
28 Mar 2015
DNSSEC - Moving the Needle
The New Zealand ISP market is dominated by Spark, Vodafone & CallPus/Orcon. A side effect of this is that if one player does the Right Thing™, it really moves the...
22 Mar 2015
The Year of IPv6?
IPv6 adoption has been slow. But I think it’s reaching a tipping point. I’m very close to calling 2015 “The year of IPv6.” There’s plenty of people who won’t believe...
07 Mar 2015
Indeni, Smart Advisors and Crowd-Sourcing
Monitoring needs to move on from traditional fault and performance polling. It should include identifying common misconfigurations and known faults. We’re all using the same technologies, so we’ve all got the...
02 Mar 2015
VeloCloud & Information Brokerage
VeloCloud was the first presenter at Network Field Day 9. They are one of the new breed of SD-WAN vendors. I’m impressed by what they’re doing, and and the potential it...
22 Feb 2015
NFD9: Cumulus Networks
Cumulus Networks gave a great presentation at Network Field Day 9. They presented their vision of how they’re working to improve networking. But they were also clear about what they...
19 Feb 2015
Rolling out Change
We all know that “Change is Hard.” But often we, as engineers, focus on the technical aspects of that change. How do I minimise customer impact while upgrading those routers?...
10 Feb 2015
Doing Community Programs Right
You know I’m not the biggest fan of vendor clubs (or influencer marketing programs, call them what you like). But if you’re going to do it, you might as well do...
06 Feb 2015
CCIE Renewed - Exam 400-101
The problem with obtaining certifications is that you need to renew them. CCIE is no different - I first passed the lab in September 2012, and I was overdue for...
01 Feb 2015
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