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November 30, 2009  4:42 AM

Want a nice VoIP recording solution?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
branch recording, call manager, Cisco, NICE, voice, voice recording, VoIP

Hello again folks! In this day and age of VoIP phone service, people what every bell and whistle they can get their hands on. By going to VoIP you can get a veritable barrage of features. One of the most common requests in the VoIP world is for access to some sort of voice recording solution....

October 31, 2009  9:00 PM

Is your data network ready for VoIP?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
call manager, Catalyst, Cisco, data, data network, engineers, IT, PBX, phones, POE, QOS, switches, switching, voice, voice network, VoIP

Hi folks! One of the greatest things about today's network is that it seems to be able to handle anything. It doesn't seem to matter what you want to do on your network, there is always a technology around the corner that can make it happen for you. Well one of the most common things happening...

October 31, 2009  8:40 PM

Cisco’s SDM, how much do you hate it?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, gui, managing routers, SDM, software

Hi folks, so as a Cisco certified individual that works for a Cisco partner, it's pretty easy to guess that I would like all things Cisco. Well almost all things. The one thing I hate immensley is the Cisco SDM. This is the gui software that was used to manage Cisco routers in the past. Now...

October 31, 2009  8:35 PM

The Cisco ESW 500 Series Switches for the SMB

Posted by: Raj Perumal
cheap, Cisco, ESW 500 series switches, POE, vlans

Hello again folks! I wanted to talk a little bit about switching again. This time in the SMB! In the SMB space it has been historically hard to find good quality but cheap switching. Especially if you require POE switching for things such as VoIP or POE powered access points in your wireless...

October 31, 2009  8:26 PM

Great small business firewall from Cisco

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, Cisco SA 500, firewall, small business, Small Business Pro, SMB, wireless

So as a result of Cisco getting more and more into the small business world, they have finally decided to position a small business firewall in the market for the smallest of small businesses. The Cisco SA 500 series of security appliances. This is from the Cisco Small Business Pro line. The

August 31, 2009  4:28 PM

DHCP security on Cisco switches

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, DHCP server, DHCP Snooping, rogue DHCP server

Hi folks! So I'm sure you've all run into the issue of having a rogue DHCP server on your network. This can happen just as easily by accident or as a determined attack.  How do you avoid this? Well on Cisco switches, you can use something called DHCP Snooping! DHCP Snooping allows the switch to...

August 31, 2009  4:02 PM

Port Security on Cisco Switches

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, mac addresses, port security

So in a previous blog I mentioned something called port security. What is port security you might ask? Well in Cisco land port security is the ability to...

August 31, 2009  2:43 PM

VTP – should you use it?

Posted by: Raj Perumal
Cisco, switches, Vlan Trunking Protocol, VTP

Hi folks! So welcome to the wonderful world of networking! You buy that fancy brand new Cisco switch and you think to yourself, "I have this cool feature called VTP (Vlan Trunking Protocol) and I want to use it to automatically deploy vlans across all of my switches! This will save me tons of...

August 31, 2009  2:28 PM

Preparing for the ISCW

Posted by: Raj Perumal
642-825, Bryant's Advantage, ccnp, Cisco, ISCW, self-study guide, study guide

Hello again folks! So this time I'm getting ready to write my 3rd exam in the CCNP series of exams. The next exam is called the ISCW ( Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks).  This is exam # 642-825. The ISCW exam material seems to be smaller to me. I've also heard it is easier than...

August 25, 2009  7:08 PM

Passed the BCMSN!

Posted by: Raj Perumal
BCMSN, boot camp, Boson, ccnp, Chris Bryant, Cisco, ISCW, passed, The Bryant Advantage

Hi folks! As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I passed the BCMSN! Yay! It was a hard exam but not as hard as the BSCI in my opinion. Before I had written either exam, I had heard that the BSCI was 10 times harder than the BCMSN. I don't think that's quite correct. It was probably...

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