The ranting of an IT Professional


February 28, 2011  7:16 PM

Cisco Partner exams



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Cisco, exams, partner, rant

Working in the consulting field generally means that you partner with big vendors i.e. Cisco, Microsoft, Citrix etc. Generally these companies require you have certain certifications to maintain that partner status. Most of these companies just use their normal everyday certifications i.e. have X number  of MCSE’s for Microsoft partner level X. What annoys me is that Cisco on top of this has their own specialty partner exams they make you do. It would be simple if to be certified to sell voice you need to have 3 CCVP’s or something, but no. You need three CCVP’s and then each one has to do 3-4 specialty exams on top of this. It really is a pain and frankly I don’t see the point. Why should I have to do my CCDA and then a design specialty exam, isn’t the CCDA the design specialty certification anyways?!?

February 28, 2011  7:10 PM

CCDA



Posted by: Jason Tramer
CCDA, Routing and Switching, Security, Voice, Wireless

Passed my CCDA exam today! Overall having done  professional level Cisco cert’s, going back to associate level wasn’t that hard at all. I have a very even mix of questions between Routing and Switching, Voice, Security, and Wireless, so know all of them well but it doesn’t go anywhere near the depth of professional level on any of them. A lot of IPv6 stuff so know that really well too.

Good luck!


February 25, 2011  10:34 PM

The many lame attempts of Government to influence technology



Posted by: Jason Tramer
government, internet, technology

Take a look:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/25/us_government_and_tech/

Now I don’t want to say that Government has no place in making technology related decisions but they need to get someone on their staff that hasn’t a clue. I recommend me. Hire me, give me a big salary and let me deal with this stuff. I have a lot of personal experience explaining technology to important business people who don’t need or want to understand it.


February 25, 2011  10:25 PM

Using PAP in OSX L2TP VPN connections



Posted by: Jason Tramer
L2TP, Mac, MSCHAP, OSX, PAP, VPN

I know some people go absolutely head over heels in love with Mac’s but personally I don’t see the appeal. They are a complete pain IMO to configure the simplest options.

For example, when you are setting up a L2TP VPN connection do you think it might be helpful to set the authentication protocol as something other than MSCHAP v2? Maybe you want to us PAP? Well you can’t, not in the screen any ways. Here is the convoluted MAC way of doing it.

Create the /etc/ppp/options file with the following contents:

refuse-chap

refuse-mschap

refuse-mschap-v2

Wow, that is just great.


February 16, 2011  1:23 AM

BES 4.1 integration with Exchange 2010



Posted by: Jason Tramer
BES 4.1, Exchange 2010

Ok, yes I know it’s not supported, nor will it ever be supported. However it can be done, though if you ever admit it to RIM they won’t be your friend anymore.

Here is a useful guide to make it happen.

http://blog.sembee.co.uk/post/Blackberry-Server-41x-and-Exchange-2010-Working.aspx

It’s not so much about making BES work with Exchange, it’s more about making Exchange work with BES.

Good luck folks,


February 14, 2011  10:35 PM

Cisco releases ASA 8.4



Posted by: Jason Tramer
8.4, ASA

Here is some of the new stuff that is in it:

http://itdualism.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/asa-8-4-first-look/

I am planning on testing it myself shortly and then doing a better review. Hopefully they changed NATing back from the god awful way they do it in 8.3 to the more awesome way it is done in 8.2.

One can dream …


February 3, 2011  3:51 AM

The end of IPv4?



Posted by: Jason Tramer
announcement, Hexadecimal, IAB, IP, IPv4, IPv6, ISOC, NRO


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Check this out, we have all known this was coming sooner or later but I believe the end of IPv4 is nigh. This might be time for us network admins to brush up on our base 16 math!


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http://www.nro.net/news/icann-nro-live-stream

Significant Announcement 3 February – Watch it live!

* live webcast will be available on this page on the day of the event*

On Thursday, 3 February 2011, at 9:30 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) [14:30 UTC /GMT], the Number Resource Organization (NRO), along with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the Internet Society (ISOC) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) will be holding a ceremony and press conference to make a significant announcement and to discuss the global transition to the next generation of Internet addresses.

Much has been written in the international media over the last few weeks about the dwindling pool of Internet addresses using the original Internet protocol, called IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), and this topic will be addressed at the event.

We invite all interested community members to view the webcast of this event at: http://www.nro.net/news/icann-nro-live-stream

In the event you happen to be at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami on Thursday, there will be limited public seating available to attend (with press receiving seating priority) in Room “Concourse II” at 9:30 AM EST for the ceremony and 10:00 AM for press conference which follows.


February 2, 2011  8:56 PM

Upgrade the firmware on a Cisco lightweight access point



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Access Point, autonomous, Cisco, firmware, Lightweight, tftp, Upgrade, Wireless

Need to roll out a new firmware revision to all your access points connected to your controller? Maybe you need to convert some into autonomous mode?

Easy and simple way to accomplish this. Load up your IOS file onto a TFTP server and then connect to the CLI of your controller.

Enter this command for each AP:

config ap tftp-downgrade tftp-server-ip-address filename access-point-name

Your access point will download the image, update and reboot itself and you can do all this from the safety and comfort of your desk. Remember a good network admin is a lazy network admin.



January 29, 2011  4:02 AM

New Microsoft Security Bug



Posted by: Jason Tramer
bug, Microsoft, Security

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/28/windows_vuln_fixit/

I sometimes wonder what IT life would be like if Microsoft ever started releasing stable, secure code, and then I realize that my time is better spent wondering what my life would be like if I won the lottery because frankly that is more likely.

Doesn’t look like it is being actively exploited yet which is good of course but guaranteed there are a good chunk of pinheads with way too much time on there hands who have read and are now designing an exploit for it.


January 27, 2011  4:42 PM

Citrix reporting very successful Q4



Posted by: Jason Tramer
Citrix, Q4, Xen, Xenapp, Xendesktop, XenServer

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/27/citrix_q4_2010_numbers/

Looks like Citrix is doing quite well. Particularly with XenDesktop which seems to be eclipsing XenApp (there flagship product) in revenue. Funnily enough all this was before Xen Desktop 5 came out which in my mind was a huge improvement on 4 and should continue to drive sales.

Not surprisingly XenServer hasn’t really taken off on it’s own but is building some steam  since its packaged with XenDesktop.

Good news all around for Citrix and it’s partners


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