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Thank you for your Excellence #CiscoChampion Team

March 26, 2014 at 9:00 am PST

The Cisco Champions Program is based on 5 key principles, the most important being its people. Recruiting top notch team members and giving them the opportunities they care about is what makes this program thrive. Thank you Cisco Champions for your excellence. In the words of @CommsNinja you are true Unicorns.

Learn about the Program
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Cisco Meraki – Guest Access in an MPLS branch

March 21, 2014 at 11:00 am PST

A couple of months ago I designed a Cisco Unified Wireless Network for an enterprise company. One of the big challenges was the ability to serve wireless guest services in the branch offices, which are connected to the headquarters via MPLS. Mostly the MPLS connections are terminated in the LAN zone, so it is difficult to tunnel the guests via the corporate infrastructure to gain internet access. I achieved this in the Cisco environment with the Mobility Anchor feature. With this feature, you can offer a flexible and easy-to-implement method for deploying wireless guest services by using Ethernet in IP within a centralized architecture. Ethernet over IP is a proprietary tunnel across Layer 3 topology between two Cisco wireless LAN controllers. For more Information see: http://goo.gl/6pjXcZ Read More »

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Connected “Things” I’d Like to Try

There is a plethora of connected devices out there and even more that will bombard us in the coming months and years.  I thought I’d put together a sample of the ones I’m interested in and give my two cents on each.

Nest Protect

The Nest Protect was released late last year and is a perfect companion Nest_Diamond_Thermostatfor those who already have the NEST thermostat. Before I get into it though, I’m still not 100% keen on the whole Google acquisition, but it’s not something I can do anything about so I’ll just leave it at that. I like the direction NEST is taking which is replacing common household devices, ones that basically anyone can replace, and adding smarts to them. The ability to just have battery information displayed right on your smartphone or emailed to you is brilliant and prevents those midnight chirps when it’s time to replace the battery. Adding smarts to the device is genius. If you burn something in the kitchen (which happens in our household more than I’d like to admit) you can just wave it off. No more waving your hands around like a crazy person for 5 minutes while you go deaf trying to silence the darn smoke detector. As much as I’d like one though, I’ll probably not get one until NEST develops a Windows Phone App. There have been many third party solutions, however NEST keeps taking them down for some unknown reason.  My take on it is if you don’t have an official solution, you should allow third party apps. Read More »

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Why I Certify

March 17, 2014 at 9:00 am PST

I’m a addicted to certifications. I’ve always been good at taking tests, but I didn’t realize how rewarding it could be until relatively recently. I had been in IT for 15 years as a sysadmin and certification had never seemed valuable to me. In 2009, I made the shift from working primarily as a System Engineer to working primarily as a Network Engineer. In 2010, I had the opportunity to attend my first Cisco Live. Attendees of Cisco Live! have the option to take a certification exam for free, so I figured I would take the CCNA composite exam while I was there. I borrowed the Cisco CCNA Official Certification Library from a coworker (all 1500 pages or so) and proceeded to spend the months before the conference reading them. (I took an earlier version of the exam and read an earlier version of the books, but the links are to the current versions).

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Importing contacts from WebEx Connect to IM & Presence

Currently, WebEx Connect has no method of exporting contacts into Jabber or IM & Presence. I came up with this solution to help a couple of my users migrate their large contact lists, and thought I would share the solution with you. Let me know what you think.

This method relies on the use of a perl script and having the user log into pidgin XMPP client to WebEx Connect to populate the pidgin blist.xml file with the WebEx Connect contacts. Read More »

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