100Gb Ethernet transceivers, modules and form factors on Cisco products

At the time of the 400Gb Ethernet interfaces introduction, here is a summary of the different form-factors, transceivers and modules available for 100Gb Ethernet on Cisco devices. As you will see below, there are many different types of 100Gb Ethernet transceivers. And each type have its own functional mode. In a next article, I will try to explain the differences between them and will give more details about the most common: the QSFP-28.

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Multicast lab 5: Source-Specific Multicast (SSM)

After giving a two-days training to a customer on multicast technology, I take the opportunity to have my lab and the configurations ready to share with you a suite of five different multicast configurations examples. And, how to make some tests and troubleshooting. These examples are based on the labs I used to practice the CCIE R&S practical exam.

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Multicast lab 4: Any-Source Multicast with Bootstrap Router (BSR)

After giving a two-days training to a customer on multicast technology, I take the opportunity to have my lab and the configurations ready to share with you a suite of five different multicast configurations examples. And, how to make some tests and troubleshooting. These examples are based on the labs I used to practice the CCIE R&S practical exam.

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Multicast lab 3: Any-Source Multicast with anycast RP

After giving a two-days training to a customer on multicast technology, I take the opportunity to have my lab and the configurations ready to share with you a suite of five different multicast configurations examples. And, how to make some tests and troubleshooting. These examples are based on the labs I used to practice the CCIE R&S practical exam.

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Multicast lab 2: Any-Source Multicast with auto RP

After giving a two-days training to a customer on multicast technology, I take the opportunity to have my lab and the configurations ready to share with you a suite of five different multicast configurations examples. And, how to make some tests and troubleshooting. These examples are based on the labs I used to practice the CCIE R&S practical exam.

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Multicast lab 1: Any-Source Multicast with static RP

After giving a two-days training to a customer on multicast technology, I take the opportunity to have my lab and the configurations ready to share with you a suite of five different multicast configurations examples. And, how to make some tests and troubleshooting. These examples are based on the labs I used to practice the CCIE R&S practical exam.

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IT Blog Awards Finalist!

I have the honor to have my blog selected as a finalist in the Best Cert Study Journey category of the IT Blog Awards, hosted by Cisco.   Voting is now open to everyone until January 4th, here!   Here, in my opinion, are my two best articles related to the category “Best Cert Study Journey”: My journey to network programmability and automation 6 CCIE strategy mistakes   Thank you in advance for your support!

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Site-to-site VPN tunnels between Meraki MX and Cisco ASA

As I wrote on my recent post here, I was involved into a project to implement a Meraki MX into the Azure Cloud. This project also includes a migration phase with site-to-site VPN tunnels between Meraki MX and Cisco ASA. Even if the “Non-Meraki VPN peers” are supported on the Meraki MX, you may have some surprises with the Cisco ASA. Here are some tips to avoid problems and save you time. The tests below have been made with MX version 14.31 (in beta at the time I write this…

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Cisco Live US 2018 – CAE and keynote speakers [updated]

After being six times at Cisco Live Europe between 2009 and 2016, this year my management allowed me to go to Cisco Live US. I registered last week and now I am starting to see some rumors about the customer appreciation event (CAE) and the keynote speakers. Customer Appreciation Event First rumor read here and there, the CAE of Wednesday June 13th, will be at Universal Studios Orlando. From 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM, CAE participants will have exclusive access to the theme park, including the rides and attractions. The event will…

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BGP load sharing and unequal cost load sharing

On Cisco routers, by default the BGP protocol will not do load-sharing – and even less unequal cost load-sharing – across multiple links, for traffic to the same eBGP destination with different AS-path. Let’s see how we can change this. We can configure the command: “maximum-paths n”, but it only works if the weight, local-pref. and AS-path attributes are the same across the different uplinks. So how can we do load sharing if we are multihomed to different ASes? In that case, we must use the BGP command: “bgp bestpath as-path multipath-relax”. VIRL lab…

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Cisco Embedded Event Manager (EEM)

EEM

The Cisco Embedded Event Manager or Cisco EEM is a software component of Cisco IOS, IOS-XR, and NX-OS that provides real-time network event detection and onboard automation. EEM allows you to automate tasks, perform minor enhancements and create workarounds and can makes life easier for network operators by tracking and classifying events that take place on a network device and providing actions options for those events.

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Cisco Flexible Netflow configuration

Netflow

Recently, a customer called me to configure Netflow on these routers because he just installed NetFlow Analyzer software from ManageEngine. This software is an “all in one” NetFlow collector, database, WebUI software, able to build pretty nice reports. In my opinion, Netflow is one of the absolutely required software to have a good visibility when you operate a network.

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Building a LACP port-channel between Cisco and Huawei switch

Huawei-Cisco-trunk_topology

Configuring a LACP link aggregation, EtherChannel, or port-channel, or Eth-trunk between Huawei and Cisco switch is something very common. But since the configuration syntax between the two vendors is different, it can be confusing. In this article, I will show how to configure a LACP port-channel – called Eth-trunk on Huawei – properly between a Cisco catalyst switch running IOS or IOS-XE and a Huawei switch, model 6700 in this case.

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How to setup Cisco VIRL, VM Maestro to use SecureCRT as default terminal

The GUI application to use Cisco VIRL, VM Maestro, comes with a basic internal Telnet and SSH client called “Cisco Terminal”. If, like me, you want to use the rock-solid SecureCRT as terminal emulator client, you need to change the the VM Maestro preferences.   VM Maestro configuration Open VM Maestro Go to File and open Preferences Under Terminal, open Cisco Terminal Choose: Use external terminal applications Enter the settings : Telnet command: the location of your SecureCRT.exe Depending on your SecureCRT installation, it could be under: C:\Program Files\VanDyke Software\… or…

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