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Proxmox/Ceph – Full Mesh HCI Cluster w/ Dynamic Routing

If you have ever used Proxmox, you know it’s a capable and robust open-source hypervisor. When coupled with Ceph, the two can provide a powerful HyperConverged (HCI) platform; rivaling mainstream closed-source solutions like those from Dell, Nutanix, VMWare, etc., and all based on free (paid support available) and open-source software. The distributed nature of HCI […]

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Meraki-CLI – Command Line Utility for the Meraki Dashboard

Meraki changed the industry years ago as one of the first platforms to use a cloud portal for all configuration; forgoing the typical local CLI/GUI administration of network appliances. One of the first things a traditional network engineer (like myself) may notice about Meraki equipment is their complete lack of a command-line interface. For the […]

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FreeZTP: Zero-Touch Provisioning for Cisco Catalyst

Configuring Cisco IOS switches the “old-fashioned” way can be a time consuming and tedious task. Pull out the serial cable and USB adapter, connect your laptop to the switch, and sit on the cold raised floor banging away at the keyboard until you have remote access and can escape to a more terran-friendly environment. There […]

Network Documentation Series: Logical Diagram

In this article, I will do a walk-through of a logical network diagram. As I also said in the Physical Diagram article: I prefer to use the term “logical” instead of “L3″ because it is more easily understood by somebody unfamiliar with the OSI model. It also removes the assumption (made by many non-technical people) […]

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John W Kerns

John is a network and systems engineer based in the Los Angeles/San Diego area. His background is in two traditionally stovepiped skill sets; systems administration and switching/routing/security. Most of his time is spent as an implementation engineer for a medium sized SoCal VAR. You can visit his blog at blog.packetsar.com or follow him on Twitter @PackeTsar

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Network Documentation Series: Physical Diagram

Introduction to the Physical Diagram This article is a quick tutorial for creating and maintaining a physical network diagram. I prefer to use the term “physical” instead of “L1″ because it is more easily understood by somebody unfamiliar with the OSI model. It also removes the assumption (made by many non-technical people) that “L1″ and […]

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John W Kerns

John is a network and systems engineer based in the Los Angeles/San Diego area. His background is in two traditionally stovepiped skill sets; systems administration and switching/routing/security. Most of his time is spent as an implementation engineer for a medium sized SoCal VAR. You can visit his blog at blog.packetsar.com or follow him on Twitter @PackeTsar

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Network Documentation Series: Preamble

This post is the first in a series of articles tackling the topic of creating and maintaining proper network documentation. Each article will include a file which can be downloaded and used as a template for creating the document covered. Below you will find a few generic documentation best practices which apply to all documents […]

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John W Kerns

John is a network and systems engineer based in the Los Angeles/San Diego area. His background is in two traditionally stovepiped skill sets; systems administration and switching/routing/security. Most of his time is spent as an implementation engineer for a medium sized SoCal VAR. You can visit his blog at blog.packetsar.com or follow him on Twitter @PackeTsar

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Cisco NAT Cheat Sheet

I’ve always had a difficult time when attempting to remember how to implement the different types of NAT available on ASA and IOS devices. It doesn’t help that between the two device families, there are three different syntax versions used in the configurations. I created the PDF linked below as a quick reference sheet. It […]

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John W Kerns

John is a network and systems engineer based in the Los Angeles/San Diego area. His background is in two traditionally stovepiped skill sets; systems administration and switching/routing/security. Most of his time is spent as an implementation engineer for a medium sized SoCal VAR. You can visit his blog at blog.packetsar.com or follow him on twitter @PackeTsar

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