New Loopedback Discord Server for Collaborating on labbing / Sharing your labbing / Saying Hello World!

A fancy new Discord Server to collaborate / stream your lab / watch other stream! Being that I will be labbing my brains out on DevNet / Network Automation topics, I've created a discord server capable of Voice Channels which also allows for Video / Screen Sharing. I thought this would be a stellar idea … Continue reading New Loopedback Discord Server for Collaborating on labbing / Sharing your labbing / Saying Hello World!

Python 3 – Learning it properly this time from Hello World to Scripting, learning Python 3 from scratch Post #1 Completed – Will start #2 soon!

I just have to admit it - I know just enough Python to understand but not code it! Python is a lot like when I took "Intro to Spanish" in College, I can understand enough to get the drift of what is being said, but I could not speak a fluent sentence to save my … Continue reading Python 3 – Learning it properly this time from Hello World to Scripting, learning Python 3 from scratch Post #1 Completed – Will start #2 soon!

A mountain of FREE Cisco Developer Resources, including setting up a DevNet PC / Free Video Training / Learning Labs / Sandbox / Code Exchange / MUCH MORE!

Right when I thought I hit the Summit (CCNP), I realized I was only beginning! After earning my CCNP R/S (and now Enterprise) I have turned my sites into a much less organized approach to studying certain topics that made sense in my mind, however for the benefit of myself and others I wanted to … Continue reading A mountain of FREE Cisco Developer Resources, including setting up a DevNet PC / Free Video Training / Learning Labs / Sandbox / Code Exchange / MUCH MORE!

Cisco DevNet Associate – Blueprint Domains / Topics mapped to Posts here – List will continue to grow!

I am back and going all-in on the CCNA DevNet, and will blog every exam topic! Quick shout out to my current study resources: Cisco $800 Guided Study Group 8-week course that includes Cisco Learning Modules / Access to Cisco Platinum Library and test exams - So this info if the Cisco Curriculum is correct … Continue reading Cisco DevNet Associate – Blueprint Domains / Topics mapped to Posts here – List will continue to grow!

Though I have earned my CCNP R/S, the Grind never stops my friends, I am just getting started!!! :)

I just absolutely love this graphic, perfect representation of the Cisco struggle! Moving forward I will be posting non-Cert related technologies! Now to that I have earned my CCNP R/S, I've decided to take a breather with some lighter topics such as MPLS Layer 3 VPNs, which apparently are part of the CCIE R/S Syllabus. … Continue reading Though I have earned my CCNP R/S, the Grind never stops my friends, I am just getting started!!! 🙂

CCNP R/S Certified – 1,283 days and 286 posts on Loopedback.com later! :)

On April 5th 2016 (4/5/2016), I made my first post to this blog, and today on October 10th 2019 (10/10/2019) I have passed my final CCNP Exam the TSHOOT 300-135 🙂 Along the way I have hit many major life events that could very well have stopped my progress, gave me a reason to put … Continue reading CCNP R/S Certified – 1,283 days and 286 posts on Loopedback.com later! 🙂

300-115 SWITCH Exam Crushed! Tips on how I navigated this mentally exhaustive exam for the Pass grade!

It's been a long couple of years of medical issues that have stopped me from actually taking the exam, but have studied the material over and over, and finally took it today and passed it on the first attempt. I have to say that all of the questions on the exam were absolutely outside what … Continue reading 300-115 SWITCH Exam Crushed! Tips on how I navigated this mentally exhaustive exam for the Pass grade!

3 must know tactics to get a “Pass” score on exam day, as can be seen here on my ROUTE exam score printout (finally)! :D

Finally after my first two Failed attempts at the ROUTE exam, I have finally FINALLY passed it!!! I have to say I took the first fail as a learning experience, but after some intense brushing up on all topics and failing again, I didn't reschedule a 3rd attempt as I didn't think I wanted to … Continue reading 3 must know tactics to get a “Pass” score on exam day, as can be seen here on my ROUTE exam score printout (finally)! 😀

First round of DevNet covered, time to hit Python like a ton of bricks, then back to really grinding out the details of Automation tools!

This is how DevNet labbing feels after my 8-week boot camp, time to slow my roll! I tested round around 50% on my Practice Exam with most of it being theory, which given I have done nothing but burn through the theory after long work days, was actually a great place to be - However … Continue reading First round of DevNet covered, time to hit Python like a ton of bricks, then back to really grinding out the details of Automation tools!

Cisco DevNet Sandbox for CI/CD, demo but unable to finish due to bug, thoughts on tools for labbing!

Pictured above is an awesome CI/CD DevNet Sandbox that unfortunately glitched out! The CI/CD Pipeline Sandboxes seem glitch prone from my experiences tonight, which is not surprising given the complexity, however I will leave the lab up to the point Drone / Gogs glitched out as there was a basic getting it started guide which … Continue reading Cisco DevNet Sandbox for CI/CD, demo but unable to finish due to bug, thoughts on tools for labbing!

Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – CUCM / End User Data, Admin XML Layer (AXL), Contact Center / Finesse, and all things WebEx Teams!

This post will be covering all things Telephony for the DEVASC exam! This and "Compute" platforms (UCS Manager / Director / Intersight) will be the end review of my class, and really I am only going to be a high level overview of these, being its only 15% of the exam among a HUGE pool … Continue reading Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – CUCM / End User Data, Admin XML Layer (AXL), Contact Center / Finesse, and all things WebEx Teams!

Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – Cisco Mgmt Platforms NSO and SD-WAN reviewed for exam day!

Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) Cisco's Network Services Orchestrator is a platform to help companies transition into an SDN / Automated Network Solution, as the constant change in devices and limitation of vendor and service integrations has turned them away, where "Time to Market" requirements are critical as delays caused by new tool deployment will … Continue reading Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – Cisco Mgmt Platforms NSO and SD-WAN reviewed for exam day!

Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – Cisco Network Mgmt, IOS XE, Meraki, Difference in Data Planes, DNA Center, ACI, and NX-OS reviewed!

Network Automation and a list of the benefits it brings to Network Management Automation saves business operational expense (OPEX) when tasks can be automated, and before diving into the systems that bring this Automation at scale, wanted to review some the basic benefits it brings to the Enterprise Network: Device Provisioning - Automation makes device … Continue reading Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – Cisco Network Mgmt, IOS XE, Meraki, Difference in Data Planes, DNA Center, ACI, and NX-OS reviewed!

Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – SDK (Software Dev Kit) review of the different Cisco Platforms SDKs!

The SDK (Software Development Kit) is the software toolbox for Developers! Unlike an API which is basically a set of URI's that are executed per the requirements of documentation used to help build them, SDK's are a set of tools for a specific device or system, often containing packages / integrated with libraries / documentation … Continue reading Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – SDK (Software Dev Kit) review of the different Cisco Platforms SDKs!

Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – Cisco Security Platforms, AMP, Firepower, ISE, Threat Grid, and Umbrella reviewed for exam day!

I will be powering through the theory of Cisco Security Platforms in this post! I don't know that I will have time to lab these individually, but wanted to document them at a high level view for my first pass over on the topics, and try to explain how they interact with with both Automation … Continue reading Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – Cisco Security Platforms, AMP, Firepower, ISE, Threat Grid, and Umbrella reviewed for exam day!

Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – Model Driven Programmability, YANG Data Modeling, NETCONF and RESTCONF Protocols reviewed for exam day!

The above is graphic is how YANG / NETCONF / RESTCONF flow like an OSI Model! "Yet Another Next Generation" or YANG is defined in RFC 6020 as a "Data Modeling Language" used to model Configuration and State data manipulated by "Network Configuration Protocol" (NETCONF), NETCONF RPCs, and NETCONF notifications. Though YANG generally describes Network … Continue reading Week 6 of the DevNet Grind – Model Driven Programmability, YANG Data Modeling, NETCONF and RESTCONF Protocols reviewed for exam day!