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March 26, 2010  7:02 AM

Using the GNS3 Network Simulator to create a Cisco CCNA Lab



Posted by: David Davis
CCNA, Cisco, gns3, lab, simulator

The best way to learn about Cisco networking is to have your own lab. However, that is hard to do (costly, takes up space, and time-consuming). The best way to do this is to have a virtual Cisco lab using GNS3. This is easy to do with proper instruction. Fortunately, Train Signal Training recently...

March 26, 2010  6:15 AM

Virtumania Podcast Rocks!



Posted by: David Davis
podcast, Virtualization, virtumania

Rich Brambley (@RBrambley) and crew from the new Virtuamania podcast are both educational and entertaining! This new podcast covers everything that you need to know about virtualization, storage, and servers. Rich has a real talent for making this...


March 2, 2010  10:18 PM

New Network Management Software website



Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, kiwi, nms, orion, solarwinds, syslog

I just ran across a new website that is dedicated to Network Management Software (networkmanagementsoftware.com, how appropriate!). I like the idea of the site because they specialize in just NMS - nothing...


January 21, 2010  3:06 AM

VIDEO: My home VMware vSphere Lab



Posted by: David Davis
lab, vcp, VMware, vsphere

I created  new video that details my home VMware vSphere lab including servers and storage. Watch the video here (click the video graphic to launch):

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December 3, 2009  6:46 PM

VIDEO: Using VMware GO by David Davis



Posted by: David Davis
esxi, go, p2v, Virtualization, VMware

Checkout my new video from Train Signal where I cover how to use VMware GO to install VMware ESXi, perform P2V conversions, and manage your ESXi virtual infrastructure.


November 19, 2009  6:52 PM

VIDEO: Installing the vSphere Client in Windows 7



Posted by: David Davis
client, error, video, VMware, vsphere, windows 7

While the vSphere Client does install fine in Windows 7, it is when you attempt to connect to your vCenter Server that you discover there is a problem. VMware doesn't officially support the vSphere Client under Windows 7 but there is a workaround to make it work. In this video, I cover how to...


October 31, 2009  8:34 PM

The ABC’s of Cyber Security



Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, cyber security, dhs, national awareness

Did you know that October was the Nation Cyber Security Awareness Month, as declared by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)? In fact, this was the 6th year annual Cyber Security Awareness Month. Cisco has put together some great articles and videos covering Cyber Security on the


October 31, 2009  6:23 PM

Cisco Integrated 890 Series Router delivers completely



Posted by: David Davis
890, Cisco, isr, router

All I can say is "Wow". This integrated router offers endless options including secure broadband with Metro Enternet capabilities for the small business world, eToken credentials and two 2.0 USB ports for security, 1000 Based T Gig and 10/100 Based...


October 31, 2009  3:21 PM

5Nine P2V Planner, Migrator, and Optimizer



Posted by: David Davis
5nine, consolidation, hyper-v, p2v, planner, Virtualization, VMware

The P2V Planner automatically collects all your hardware information and its utilization so you can make more sysync decisions regarding your business.


October 30, 2009  10:52 AM

Windows Server 2008 R2 Videos now available



Posted by: David Davis
2008, r2, server, training, video, windows

As you know, Microsoft has released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. So how are you going to get training on these new operating systems? Good News! Train Signal has just released...


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