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!

Ansible – Some basics / theory before diving into Ansible Labbing in VMware and a GNS3 Network!

I remember Ansible pointing to Python 2.x being an issue last time as well, but I do a quick lab demo at the bottom to show I am all set to launch out of the dry walls of text, and back into the lab in the coming days / posts before I take my (now … Continue reading Ansible – Some basics / theory before diving into Ansible Labbing in VMware and a GNS3 Network!

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

I will pick up right where I left off from the previous Intro to Expert thread here! That being said, I will be looking at another noob feeling topic in depth! Python Sequence Types The 5 sequence types are as follow the (first 3 are actually built into Python): StringListTupleRangeBytes / Bytearray What is a … Continue reading Python 3 – Learning it properly this time from Hello World to Scripting, learning Python 3 from scratch Post #1 Completed – Session #2 begins!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!