DEVASC Online Flash Cards – All Topics that have glaring details begging to be asked on exam day will be posted here! More to come!

Time to pull out all the stops and make some online DEVASC Flash Cards! 🙂 After enough review I have concluded that small details get lost in putting together the entire picture of DEVASC Topics, and if I get asked some obscure Status Code Response # on exam day that are easy points, these flash … Continue reading DEVASC Online Flash Cards – All Topics that have glaring details begging to be asked on exam day will be posted here! More to come!

Step by Step guide to install Skype (Free Video Meetings) for non-IT minded people, Stay Together while Staying Home this Holiday season!

This is the step by step guide to staying together over the Holidays with Skype Videos! This is a solution both if you would prefer a PC that has a video camera, or different Cell Phone vendors (Google / Apple) that do not allow for Video Calls over their platforms, Skype is a free vendor-neutral … Continue reading Step by Step guide to install Skype (Free Video Meetings) for non-IT minded people, Stay Together while Staying Home this Holiday season!

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! (Will update soon, tons of new posts with exam day info!)

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! (Will update soon, tons of new posts with exam day info!)

The CCNP Grind has finally come to an end, it is time to start branching into other vendors / technologies!

I just absolutely love this graphic, perfect representation of the Cisco struggle! Moving forward I will be posting non-Cert related technologies! After completing my CCNP R/S Certification also earning me the CCNP Enterprise upon track changes, I started with some CCIE track topics like MPLS / DMVPN / Heavier VRF studies, however I have ultimately … Continue reading The CCNP Grind has finally come to an end, it is time to start branching into other vendors / technologies!

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)! 😀

DEVASC REST API Deep Dive – API Types / Methods / Status Codes / Headers / Pagination / Rate-Limit / Tools / Python Scripted REST API Calls – Easy points on exam day!

This will cover most things REST API at the fundamental level needed for the DEVASC, some items / tools not entirely clear here should be independently reviewed, as this article is long enough with me doing a full screenshot walkthrough of Postman REST API Tool 🙂 With that, lets get this party started! What an … Continue reading DEVASC REST API Deep Dive – API Types / Methods / Status Codes / Headers / Pagination / Rate-Limit / Tools / Python Scripted REST API Calls – Easy points on exam day!

DEVASC Quick Notes – Northbound vs Southbound API, Async vs Sync, REST API Basics, HTTP and CRUD Verbs, SOAP API, RPC reviewed!

Kaboom - And then there was APIs! Lets get right into it and get this DEVASC passed!!! 🙂 Northbound vs Southbound APIs, Synchronous vs Asynchronous, Authentication types! API (Application Programming Interfaces) allow Applications to talk to software to perform various tasks (configure / read / delete resources), the most common of these for DevNet exam … Continue reading DEVASC Quick Notes – Northbound vs Southbound API, Async vs Sync, REST API Basics, HTTP and CRUD Verbs, SOAP API, RPC reviewed!

DEVASC Python – Error Handling in Python, Test Driven Development (TDD), and Unit Testing reviewed!

This will be the finishing "Python" focused article, and I will keep it brief! Above is a jump all the way to the bottom of this post for "Unit Testing" which will be gotten to quick, but I kind of stumbled around trying to understand how to do it from Bash Shell, but eventually just … Continue reading DEVASC Python – Error Handling in Python, Test Driven Development (TDD), and Unit Testing reviewed!

DEVASC Python – Working with Data Types Raw Text / JSON / XML / YAML, tons of MUST KNOW details for DEVASC exam day! Deep Dive!

I feel I should warn up front, this is a very long, detailed post filled with things that will appears on the DEVASC exam questions - Do not miss these easy points! All cute stuff aside lets get right into more Python - Working with Data Types Python is able to use its native language … Continue reading DEVASC Python – Working with Data Types Raw Text / JSON / XML / YAML, tons of MUST KNOW details for DEVASC exam day! Deep Dive!

DEVASC Python – PEP8, PyPI, Functions, Procedural vs OOP, Classes, Methods, Inheritance, Modules, and tons of exam day info!

Oh yes, we are going to start small and expand as this article goes on, so get comfortable if you are reading this for the long haul - This is creating Classes in Python towards the bottom! There is a ton more Python 3 to get through together for DEVASC Exam Day! I felt like … Continue reading DEVASC Python – PEP8, PyPI, Functions, Procedural vs OOP, Classes, Methods, Inheritance, Modules, and tons of exam day info!

DEVASC exam notes – SDLC / Design Patterns / GIT / A ton of Python 3 specifically that will appear on the DEVASC exam (huge section)!

TIME TO MAKE THE FINAL PUSH TO THE SUMMIT OF THE DEVNET ASSOCIATE EXAM! I will be pounding the pavement with small bite sized chunks of posts up to exam day! I've stalled out a bit in studies getting distracted with wanting to jump ahead to labbing CI/CD and Cloud technologies, so I am going … Continue reading DEVASC exam notes – SDLC / Design Patterns / GIT / A ton of Python 3 specifically that will appear on the DEVASC exam (huge section)!

DevNet Quick Notes – GIT Merge Conflict notes and labbed (fixed), Important Unified (GIT) Diff demo and explanation of output(!), and a brief review of ‘Code Review’!

It is round #2 with GIT Merge, and I am ready to resolve some conflicts this time! But first! A couple of things I have read in the OCG and now saw on GitHub when initializing a Repo and cloning a TestRepo Branch: I've seen it enough as a best practice with GIT that I … Continue reading DevNet Quick Notes – GIT Merge Conflict notes and labbed (fixed), Important Unified (GIT) Diff demo and explanation of output(!), and a brief review of ‘Code Review’!

DevNet Not So Quick Notes – GIT Version Control functionality, terminology, branching / merging / conflicts that bested me this post!

Above shows two different GIT timelines that will and will not merge properly! The term "Fast-Forward" merge is analogous to Fast Forwarding a movie to the good part, as GIT does not care about the filler content that its moving past (Commit history of second branch), as long as there is none of the boring … Continue reading DevNet Not So Quick Notes – GIT Version Control functionality, terminology, branching / merging / conflicts that bested me this post!

Ansible / GNS3 Labbing – Configure and verify Hosts in Inventory file, explore Ansible Modules, install GIT in Ubuntu, and wrap up for tonight!

It LIVES! The Ansible Automation lab is back! Time to Automate some switch configs! Upon getting the switches configured with their IPs, I got right into the Ansible Inventory File to set both the [all:vars] to set the user/pass/os/connection, and all my different switches in their very similar to my previous lab and I got … Continue reading Ansible / GNS3 Labbing – Configure and verify Hosts in Inventory file, explore Ansible Modules, install GIT in Ubuntu, and wrap up for tonight!

How to fix VMware Workstation VM freezing issue when running GNS3 along side an Ubuntu VM for an Automation Lab – Time to lab!!!

Depending on VMware Workstation version, you may not get an error dialogue! The lack of labbing Ansible has been a struggle of VMware Workstation 15 freezing up with no errors, the Ubuntu VM just wouldn't load when GNS3 was running, and if I starting the Ubuntu VM first GNS3 was throwing errors that it couldn't … Continue reading How to fix VMware Workstation VM freezing issue when running GNS3 along side an Ubuntu VM for an Automation Lab – Time to lab!!!

DevNet Quick Notes – Design Patterns MVC and Observer, and BASH (Bourne Again Shell) review of commands and directory tree!

Design Patterns such as MVC above and Observer make software development a breeze! Or at least that is their goal, is to have standardized or well-known Design Patterns that has been refined by other developers, and shared out to the community in different locations (perhaps at Cisco Developer Code Exchange?) that Devs can use that … Continue reading DevNet Quick Notes – Design Patterns MVC and Observer, and BASH (Bourne Again Shell) review of commands and directory tree!

Ansible and GNS3 – Configuring an “Ansible Inventory File” on my Ubuntu “Ansible Control Node” to setup a GNS3 / Ansible home lab!

Time to do some GNS3 Switch Automation via Ansible on my Ubuntu Workstation VM! This is the Topology I threw together to begin with, the 3rd octect changes with Workstation NAT / DHCP on vmnet8, I still haven't figured it out but I'd rather spend time labbing. The Ubuntu "Ansible Control Node" and "AutoVM1" to … Continue reading Ansible and GNS3 – Configuring an “Ansible Inventory File” on my Ubuntu “Ansible Control Node” to setup a GNS3 / Ansible home lab!

DevNet Quick Notes – SDLC, Waterfall / Lean / Agile Methods reviewed for exam day!

As I work through the OCG, I will throw up notes on what I cover up to exam day! For more in depth explanations of the theory of topics I would refer to my "DevNet Class" articles for really in depth notes which are good to know, but I will be posting smaller and easy … Continue reading DevNet Quick Notes – SDLC, Waterfall / Lean / Agile Methods reviewed for exam day!