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Cisco Meraki vMX 100 deployment in Azure

Generalities There are many ways to connect your “on Premises” Data Center workloads with Microsoft Azure. I own the full meraki suite at home and have enjoyed it for the past three years. It provides all the features I need. I also have some workloads in Microsoft Azure and wanted to access them using a private and encrypted network instead of accessing them using their public IP. Meraki have the possibility to deploy a vMX 100 in Microsoft Azure. You can deploy a vMX100 either in Azure or in AWS and it will be part of your full mesh VPN as any other MX device that you own. It can support up to 500 Mbps of VPN throughput which can [Read More...]

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Creating a Net-DevOps environment.

TL;DR : Code is here. Help yourself ? Introduction to the Net-DevOps Container: Recently, Ethan Banks posted a very interesting blog post where he struggled a little bit to set up a Python environment. If I understood correctly, he wanted to increase his skills set in particular with NetDevOps. He fairly pointed that it could be a bit complicated to handle all the dependencies you might need. Based on the fact that you also want to start fresh between projects you want to spend the least amount of time resolving these kinds of issues and maximize your time on something that is valuable: Learn how to Automate or just Automate your network environment. A lot of people are in a [Read More...]

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Recover a RAID5 Array on Linux with healthy disks

Intel Atom failures I know the title sounds a bit weird and you may ask why would you need to recover a RAID5 array when all your disks are healthy, right? To understand what is going on, my DS1515+ has an Intel Atom C2538. (source: Synology CPU / NAS Type). It recently caused a lot of issues in the IT industry. (remember the Cisco clock issue? ? ) The Errata AVR54 of the C2000 Specifications update clearly states the following: “system may experience inability to boot or may cease operation”. My NAS was starting to have regular reboots and it completely crashed before I could back up the last delta of data.  In the first instance, Synology denied any abnormal failure rate on this specific [Read More...]

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Sorting list in Python

During my Python studies, I came across something that didn’t make much sense to me so I had to learn and investigate (with the help of experts). What you can usually do in Python is to modify a variable and assign the result to the same variable. Because a piece of code is usually worth much more than an explanation: [crayon-5a96e02e428e1312116645/] When you want to sort a list, that behavior is a bit different: let’s pretend I have a list of ARP entries into my switch: [crayon-5a96e02e428ee971099170/] If I want to sort it and reassign the value of it to the previously used variable I would use this code (Let’s pretend arp_entries is my variable that contains all these entries): [crayon-5a96e02e428f6056918892/] [Read More...]

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Hyper-converged infrastructure – Part 2 : Planning an Cisco HyperFlex deployment

I recently got the chance to deploy a Cisco HyperFlex solution that is composed of 3 Cisco HX nodes in my home lab. As a result, I wanted to share my experience with that new technology (for me). If you do not really know what all this “Hyperconverged Infrastructure hype” is all about, you can […]

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Hyper-converged infrastructure – Part 1 : Is it a real thing ?

Recently I was lucky enough to play with Cisco Hyperflex in a lab and since it was funny to play with, I decided to write a basic blog post about the hyper-converged infrastructure concept (experts, you can move forward and read something else ? ). It has really piqued my interest. I know I may be […]

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CUCM Dirsync Troubleshooting

One of my customer told me that one of its end user was not appearing in its CUCM database. I think it is worth to make a blogpost about it. There are already plenty of resources on the subject (Example) but I will mainly focus on the troubleshooting section here. There are 2 ways to configure your […]

My CCIE Journey – Act II

In fact the title should be “My CCIE Journey – Act III” but I don’t want to use that one because I had a bad experience with the CCIE Voice lab exam There are many (very good) links about that specific subject but I wanted to give my own opinion as well :). Here is […]

CUCM 10.5 Upgrade issue

Hey everyone.   I have just finished my upgrade to CUCM 10.5.2 and I faced an issue at the end of the ugprade. Of course this always happen after you spent some hours waiting for the upgrade to be successful According to the very good Cisco DocWiki, VMware Tools are specialized drivers for virtual hardware that […]

Cisco ISLB Issue

Usually people are blogging on a certain topic because they want to share they knowledge with a certain protocol or product. Today I ll take another approach with that fact and I will actually do the exact opposite. I have an issue with ISLB which allows load balancing for my iSCSI sessions. Today I will elaborate […]

Cisco MDS Port-Security with Auto-Learning

I have been learning about Cisco MDS port-security recently and I have been struggling with this feature because it was different from what I expected. What I was expecting was something very similar (and easy) like the good old Ethernet Port-Security feature. This is clearly not the case and I will show you how to […]

Device Alias on Cisco MDS

It is definitely not convenient to configure a zone or any CFS application using WWpN. 20:ab:3d:2c:4f:89:fa:ab is not very human readable and it is definitely not efficient to keep traces of the WWpN in your MDS configuration. Device-alias is a proprietary feature created by Cisco to make your life much easier. It will map an […]

vPC order of operations

Cisco Nexus can be very temperamental or capricious (pick the one you prefer ) and the vPC technology is not an isolated case. There is a certain way to configure vPC and we will see that in that blogpost. The following topology will be used:     Enabling the feature Obviously we need to activate the […]

Cisco Expressway Setup

I am currently working on a Cisco Jabber project and my customer main requirement is that every users must be able to place calls in an easy way regardless from their location. Since the BYOD and Mobility are the trends I recommended the Cisco Expressway product line. I won’t go deep on how the expressway is […]

FabricPath Multidestination Trees

    FabricPath has many advantages over the classical Spanning Tree Protocol. Mainly because it can use ECMP (Equal Cost Multi Paths) Routing. For unicast frames it uses the well known Switch-ID that is inserted in a FabricPath header. This will be explained in a future post for sure. I have been intrigued regarding how multicast […]

Cisco Nexus L3 daughter card

One of my customer had an issue regarding a Nexus 5K and its L3 daughtercard. Everything was fine on the switch except that no adjacency could be performed with its neighbors. I gave a quick look at the licensing and all was all right : [crayon-55aea0d9aae5e703354181/] Then I checked that some L3 features are Up […]

My CCIE Journey

I use to post this blog on my friends blog and I just wanted to put it here since this journey was one of the biggest professional experience of my life. I am starting this blog and will dedicate some time (mostly late at night ..) to write articles (without any flashiness) for every engineers […]