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October 11, 2008  8:15 PM

How can PacketTrap Perspective help you manage your Cisco network?

Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, Network Management, Networking

New, from the company that brought you the free PacketTrap pt360 network troubleshooting tool, PacketTrap is now offering their full network management system (NMS). This NMS is unique because it works with pt360 to help you to more efficiently troubleshoot your network. Perspective also has a...

September 30, 2008  10:56 PM

PacketTrap releases new network management system – Perspective

Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, Network Management, Networking, PacketTrap

PacketTrap is a new "startup" network management company. I have been a fan of their free "pt360" tool that gives you a single console for a variety of network management & troubleshooting tools. Besides the free version, they also have commercial versions of the pt360 that offer more features...

September 30, 2008  10:41 PM

Does your network management utility manage VMware?

Posted by: David Davis
Network Management, Networking, Virtualization, VMware

More and more of the typical "physical computer" management & monitoring tools are being retooled to manage the new virtual infrastructure. I have talked with both Packettrap and Solarwinds and both have rumored that they will soon offer versions of their well known network management tools...

September 15, 2008  1:23 AM

Monitor Cisco routers and switches using the IOS environment command

Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, Network Management, Networking

How do you know what the temperature is where your router or switch is? This can tell you if the device is overheating due to fans being out or improver ventilation in the room where the Cisco device is. Additionally, you would want to know if the fans were running and what their speed is. Oh yeah,...

May 29, 2008  7:39 PM

David’s new websites – HappyRouter.com & VMwareVideos.com

Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, Network Management, Videos, Virtualization, VMware

Happy Router.comI wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that my personal website, HappyRouter.com has  whole new look! We...

May 29, 2008  7:14 PM

Configuring a Cisco 871W with an Excel template – Its so easy!

Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, Network Management, Wireless

Cisco 871W WirelessA very sharp Cisco...

May 29, 2008  7:07 PM

How to configure a Cisco IOS Router to use Windows AD Authentication

Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, Network Management, Password, Security

Why have a separate username/password database on all your routers? What a pain to have to keep seperate accounts to login to all the routers and switches? And what if you want to change the "root" password? Do you have to go to EVERY router and switch to make the change? Not anymore... Why not...

May 28, 2008  9:00 PM

PacketTrap pt360 – new version 2.0 with Cisco features!

Posted by: David Davis
Cisco, Network Management, PacketTrap

The very cool PacketTrap pt360 all-in-one network management application has a new version out - version 2.0. With this version, you get the new Cisco Configuration features (what I have personally been waiting for)! You can download a free 21 day trial version of the software from the

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