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Wireless Field Day 2

January 17, 2012
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I’ve been very fortunate to have been asked not once, but twice, to attend Net Field Day. As you probably already know, these are awesome events that bring together vendors with a handful of end users (who just happen to be bloggers). Over the weekend, I heard from “the man” Stephen Foskett, who asked if […]

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How to Upgrade the License on a Cisco ASA

December 16, 2011
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The different licensing “levels” available on the Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances allow an organization to buy only what they need while retaining the option to upgrade in the future, if necessary. For example, a small business with 15 employees may start out with a Cisco ASA 5505 with a 25-user (or, more correctly, 25-host) license. […]

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HP Eliminates Premium Licenses; Existing Customers Shafted

December 14, 2011
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A few weeks ago, Sreeram Krishnamachari, Global Product Line Manager at HP Networking, authored a post on the HP Networking blog entitled “Say goodbye to firmware licenses in wired network switch products”. In that article, HP has acknowledged, finally, that firmware licenses — in addition to easily adding tens of thousands of dollars in CAPEX […]

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life# reload

December 12, 2011
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If you’ve been reading Evil Routers for a while, you already know that, back in May, I quit my job. The idea was that, after I took care of some things here, I’d eventually move to the west coast. Basically, that never happened. I got lazy over the summer and did absolutely nothing that I […]

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iou2net and IOUlive86 now available on Github

December 5, 2011
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From the Cisco IOU FAQ page: Cisco IOS on UNIX (IOU) is a fully working version of IOS that runs as a user mode UNIX (Solaris) process. IOU is built as a native Solaris image and run just like any other program. IOU supports all platform independent protocols and features. Many of you are already […]

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IOU License Generator on Github

November 1, 2011
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NOTE: For clarification, I did not write the IOU License Generator discussed in this article. It was written by someone else; I simply wrote this article about it. If you’re in need of a license key for Cisco IOU, you’re in luck. A new license generator, iougen, has popped up on Github in the last […]

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Why Gigamon Scares The Crap Out of Me

October 31, 2011
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I had the opportunity to visit with some of the Gigamon folks at their Milpitas, California, office last week as part of the Net Field Day 2 event and, frankly, what they showed us scared the shit out of me. Gigamon has a variety of products in their line-up. At the most basic is the […]

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Choose Internetworking

October 27, 2011

Choose no life. Choose no career. Choose no family. Choose fucking big routers. Choose switches big as trucks, modem racks, bridges, repeaters, and coffee makers, all networked. Choose no sleep, lots of caffeine and no time off. Choose no friends. Choose black clothing and long hair. Choose tons of mail and wondering why the fuck […]

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Hold Yourself Accountable, in Public

October 24, 2011
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Last week, I wrote an article aimed at those studying for any of the various networking certifications entitled, “Why You Should Be Blogging”. I talked about the benefits of blogging and how to get started. There’s a real easy way you can use your blog to help ensure your meet your goals and that’s by […]

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Why You Should Be Blogging

October 20, 2011
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As a network engineer, systems administrator, or just a general IT guy (or girl), you probably don’t think of yourself as a “brand”. You probably just think of yourself as an average person who happens to have a fairly marketable skill. Each of us, however, are our own unique “brand” and blogging can help you […]

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