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Cisco Live US 2019 – Explorer Guide

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I’ve been lucky enough to attend Cisco Live twice with both instances being on the full conference pass. This year, due to out of pocket expenses and the overall higher cost of San Diego I am attending on the lower cost Explorer Pass. In years past I purely interacted with Cisco Live remotely. This guide …

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Remote Troubleshooting Crossed Fiber Using Port Channels

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Last year I was involved in assisting a datacenter core and access-layer refresh. In this case the IDF’s were reusing existing fiber patches and the run to the datacenter stayed in place. however, within the datacenter core equipment was placed across the room required new cross connects to be ran to the new core cabinet. …

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ATA 190 Recovery Firmware Page – ATA 190 Will Not Register

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As it turns out, albeit I don’t do voice as my career focus, I decided to help out a team member and took ownership of an issue that came up. It was a phone that wasn’t working, one that was attached to an ATA 190. After I tracked down the device I typed it’s IP …

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Cisco Champions 2017 – A reason to reflect

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tl;dr – THANK YOU ALL! Yesterday morning I opened up my Spark app and was surprised to see I was added to the Cisco Champions room. I checked my e-mail and saw nothing. I knew it was being announced soon do to some twitter chatter. After validating with members it was true. I was selected …

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MS KB 3161639/3161608 break CUCM – UCCX web access

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The other week I ran into an instance where a group of customers were unable to access Cisco Unified Intelligence Center. Upon further investigation I was unable to get to admin pages of much of the collaboration suite and call control systems from these users computers either. The suite was on various versions of 9.0.X …

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UC Guerrilla Wallboard on Server 2012 64bit

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I had the circumstances of lack of budget, broken freeware, and understandable need put me in the position of spinning up another unsupported freeware application in the form of a UCCX Call Center Wallboard. As usual, I tend to be a gluten for punishment and tend to try and fight these type of situations into …

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Bulk enable PIM via TCL

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I’ve been working on doing some multicast labs lately and am constantly resetting my lab devices to their default configs and starting from scratch. As many of us know, to enable PIM on all of your interfaces you must go into each interface and enable it manually. There is no default command to enable PIM …

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What is that timestamp? – Dial-Peers – Last Setup/Disconnect Time

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Being the geek I am, I was troubleshooting an issue one day where I wanted to see what dial-peer a certain digit string was hitting on a gateway. I saw something that simply intrigued my mind that took focus away until I figured it out. This “thing” I saw was irrelevant to what I was …

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Linux to Cisco Openswan IPSec Configuration

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[notice]For this example I use the following IP scheme    192.168.0.12|–O–42.42.42.42—–[INTERNET]——12.12.12.12–O–|10.42.42.42[/notice] I was approached a few weeks back to assist in creating a VPN Tunnel between two end points. Of course in my naivety I readily assumed it was between to Cisco devices but that turned out not to be the case. The tunnel was …

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Route-Targets Explained

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  As I began to study MPLS L3VPNs I was excited to start flinging my fingers around the keyboard. However, I ran into a little snafu during my learning. All of the videos and configuration example I was finding didn’t separate the difference between the Route Distinguisher (RD) and the Route Targets. Most of the …

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