CCNA Data Center – My Journey

On April 11th 2017, well on the edge and on the last day before the old CCNA DC exams expiring I finally gog my CCNA Data Center certification, more than a year after starting the studies.

Was it hard? Yes, but no so much for the content.

The idea

My journey started with the decision late 2015, with some experience and after putting my hands on some Cisco Nexus switches I decided to go ahead with certification. Continue reading

Running Cisco UCS Platform Emulator on VirtualBox

My studies of Cisco Data Center technologies have led me to Cisco UCS (Unified Computing Systems). To manage a UCS domain Cisco provides us with the UCS Manager software. This software runs on switch-like devices called Fabric Interconnects acting as the “doorways” between the UCS domain and “the world”.

For all of us studying and needing to understand it without access to a bunch of expensive servers, Cisco was kind enough to create the UCSPE (UCS Platform Emulator) as a free downloadable virtual machine.

Since I’m not a good friend of VMWare and can’t have a bare metal hypervisor, my “playing” focuses mostly on Virtualbox but there is a small detail that must be taken care of:

Summary

Problem: After importing the UCSPE appliance you can’t access the GUI even after changing adapter 1 to Host-only or Bridge. Continue reading

CCIE program evolution

If you are preparing yourself for the CCIE certification and haven’t passed the written yet… you better hurry up because from July 25th 2016 there will be new content.

The networking world is changing and concepts like SDN, NFV, API’s, virtualization, DevOps and network programmability taking more and more space every day.

As a consequence of this change, Cisco announced end of last year the introduction of new content for all written CCIE exams.

The new content is called Evolving Technologies and has topics like: Continue reading