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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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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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HP Should Open Source webOS, But Won’t

August 18, 2011

A little over a month ago, we read a press release from HP announcing they were going to “Drive Innovation, Scale and Growth of webOS”: “As part of our investment in the future of webOS, we are working in lock step with the developer community, our channel partners and the start-up community to create an […]

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LACP Between HP and Cisco Switches

August 12, 2011

Jennifer Huber posed a question on Twitter today: Does anyone have any opinion or pointers for HP Procurve 2900s? Had issues setting up LACP trunks w/c2960s, opted for single connections.. I thought I had written up how to configure LACP between HP and Cisco switches before, but after checking I realized that I didn’t. What […]

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HP and Linux

July 14, 2011

Nearly 20 years ago, a university student from Finland posted a message to the comp.os.minix newsgroup: From: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds) Subject: What would you like to see most in minix? Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT Hello everybody out there using minix – I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be […]

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HP Announces A10500 Switches, S6100N, IMC5

May 9, 2011

HP today gave us a preview of things to come at Interop Las Vegas 2011, announcing the FlexNetwork Architecture, the “industry’s only networking architecture converging the data center, campus, branch & cloud”. For more details on that, check out Mike Nielsen’s Tuesday afternoon session, “FlexNetwork Architecture”, or wait for the details from my fellow bloggers […]

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HP: Changing the rules of networking

February 23, 2011

Yesterday, after having received zero help from the “HP Networking Global Competency Center” over the last three weeks, I managed to discover the cause of an issue I’ve been dealing with. I previously wrote “When isn’t a loopback always reachable?”, describing the issue. Since that time, I’ve loaded a “Premium License” (which costs $2,325.99 from […]

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When isn’t a loopback always reachable?

January 31, 2011

When it’s an HP ProCurve switch, of course! A long time ago I was taught that loopback interfaces are always up. HP’s Management and Configuration Guide for their 3500/5400/6200/6600/8200 switches seems to agree. Matter of fact, it says so right here in Chapter 8: User-defined loopback addresses provide the following benefits: A loopback interface is […]

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Net Field Day – Intro and Day 1

September 27, 2010

Unless you live under a rock, by now you know that the first Gestalt IT Net Field Day event took place in San Jose, California, on September 16th and 17th. After a couple Tech Field Day events, Greg Ferro had the idea that something similar should be held for networking nerds. Stephen Foskett, Gestalt IT’s […]

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ProCurve 5406zl Issue Rears Its Head Again

August 30, 2010

Monday morning. 7am. Reading e-mail. I get the “new mail” notification from Outlook and glance down in the bottom right corner of the screen to look at the preview. The e-mail is from RANCID, and I can see from the preview that a change has been made to a core switch at one particular location. […]

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