Category: Networks


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A Look into the Pi-Shaped Expert Model

October 7, 2015

So you’ve started planning your career using a VCDX skillset. Continuing on that same train of thought, I want to walk you through an additional concept that might help you decide what skills to develop next. In the last year, I’ve been preparing my …


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Learning to Pivot

September 18, 2015

The role of information technology inside of corporations is not new; it has existed for decades. With each passing year we see acceleration in the speed and complexity of changes to our roles as IT professionals. Industries as a whole tend to resist change. …


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Four Ways Your Network Could Change in Four Years

September 2, 2015

While network administrators are used to keeping the lights on, the time is approaching for a major change in the way networks look and run. While SDN is still in its infancy, the value is indisputable as are the initial attempts at implementation in …


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Why You Still Need Network Alerts

September 1, 2015

Retracing an intractable alert hairball today, I’m reminded of how critical, and often critically broken, alerting actually is in many environments. You can be a department of one with only a handful of systems sending occasional advisory messages, or a large IT team with …


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Throttling Network Bandwidth

August 4, 2015

One of the aspects of monitoring that IT professionals (and monitoring software developers in particular) think about a lot is “throttling.” How do you control the flow of data entering the system? How do you manage that same data once it’s been processed and …


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DPI Training: The What and Why of Packet Analysis

August 4, 2015

Is Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) really worth the effort? If you have been troubleshooting networks for any length of time it should be obvious that packet inspection is a technique well worth learning. The depth of insight that packet capture tools like WireShark provide …


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4 Steps to Forecast and Plan Your Network Capacity Needs

July 13, 2015

“Monitoring” is a deceptively broad category, so it’s not surprising that IT professionals often have differing descriptions. Some believe monitoring is the thing that creates tickets in the helpdesk system. Others say it’s merely the archival data that can be used for forensics after …


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Configuring NetFlow v5 and v9 on Cisco Routers

July 13, 2015

IT pros have access to a range of tools in their monitoring toolbox. There are the humble but readily available command line options like ping, traceroute, and netstat; the versatile SNMP protocol that gives just-in-time messages via trap, or robust as-needed data via polling; all the way up …


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An Introduction to SNMP Basics

July 13, 2015

Simple  Network Management  Protocol (SNMP) is  a  popular technology that lets  you  monitor  network  devices such  as switches, routers, servers, printers, and other IP-based devices. While most network and systems admins are familiar with using SNMP, fewer are clear on setting it up on …