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Alternative Learning Tactics for the Busy Professional

When it comes to career development, time is a currency that must be spent wisely. I myself am a full-time dad, a full-time network engineer, and that leaves little time for personal endeavors. However we must still allocate time to develop our skillsets outside of work. Here are some tips for doing just that. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 23 WLAN Deployments

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about WLAN deployments with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineers Wes Purvis and Shivesh Ganotra. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Stewart Goumans is this week’s Cisco Champion guest host.

Listen to the Podcast.

Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
Wes Purvis, @RealWesPurvis, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer
Shivesh Ganotra, @802dot11shiv, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer

Cisco Champion
Stewart Goumans, @WirelessStew, Wireless Consultant

Highlights
How Cisco tests APs (Access Points) by simulating real world wireless environments
What happens when you dunk, zap, or freeze an AP (Access Point)
The craziest AP test ever
The importance of performing site surveys for a successful deployment
Cisco AP2700 Multi Client Test in “No Strings Attached”

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep 22 Meraki 101

cisco_champions BADGE_200x200#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about Meraki with AJ Goldman from Cisco New Markets and Cisco Product Manager Tony Carmichael. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Sam O’Daniel and Jonathan Davis are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.

Listen to the Podcast.

Learn about the Cisco Champions Program HERE.
See a list of all #CiscoChampion Radio podcasts HERE.

Cisco SMEs
AJ Goldman, New Markets at Cisco
Tony Carmichael, @aicarmic, Cisco Product Manager

Cisco Champions
Sam O’Daniel, @startupitguy, Owner & Chief Consultant at The Startup IT Guy
Jonathan Davis, @subnetwork, Network Planning Analyst Read More »

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Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) Setup.

Since DMVPN has been added to the CCIE v5 BluePrint (http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/exams/docs/ccieRS_Lab5.pdf) I figured that now was just as good of a time as any to write this blog.

DMVPN stands for Dynamic Multipoint VPN and it is an effective solution for dynamic secure overlay networks.

DMVPN is combination of the following technologies:

  • Multipoint GRE (mGRE)
  • Next-Hop Resolution Protocol (NHRP)
  • Dynamic Routing Protocol (EIGRP, RIP, OSPF, BGP)
  • Dynamic IPsec encryption
  • Cisco Express Forwarding (CEF)

Topology that we will be starting with:

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First thing will be to complete the base configurations on R1, R2 & R3. This will consist of configuring the IP addresses on the above interfaces and setting up the routing protocol to distribute the routes. In this case we will use EIGRP 123. Read More »

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Why Shakespeare would rock an Ambassador Program

Shakespeare_Droeshout_1623If I were launching an Ambassador Program I’d hire William Shakespeare in a “Stratford-upon-Avon” minute. Not only is he highly productive, his communication skills are excellent, and at 450 he’s gained centuries of experience.

That’s not why I’d hire him though. What makes Bill my top pick is his people expertise. He pays laser-focused attention to what people say, don’t say, like, dislike, love, hate, crave, value, and fear. In short, he puts himself in other peoples’ shoes to understand who they are and what they want, which is critical for a successful Ambassador Program.

In this article we’ll learn how Shakespeare and his passion for people can help you understand your Ambassadors and give them what they want, not what you assume they want. Read More »