Another long day, but a good day. It is taking alot of willpower just to keep focussed but the payoff is great. The focus today was configuring H.323, MGCP, and SIP gateways as well as configuring PRI’s.
I learned some great stuff today, apparently the new version of UCM, version 8, has been geared to run in a virtual environment which is awesome news. In addition some of the older versions will now be supported in a virtual environment as well. I am writing my first exam this Friday and I have a lot of preparing to do.
Twelve long but very interesting hours later I have finished day one of eighteen. I am in very small class of only three other students (one of whom is a co-worker of mine who got sent with me).
Bad news first, our would have been teacher up and quit without notice on Friday but luckily they had another teacher available. This company I found out is also a consulting company and our teacher has a ton of real world experience implementing Unified Communication Manager, he was very happy to share alot of the tips, tricks and gotcha’s that you only find from someone in the thick of things.
We will be getting a different teacher for every course and one of them may be the mysterious Lou who everyone speaks of with quiet awe.
We are covering CVoice course first and writing our exam this Friday. I need to go study!!
So tomorrow I leave for Tampa, Flordia for a CCVP bootcamp. It’s three weeks, 6 days a week, of hardcore training. So for the rest of the month I will be blogging about my experiences there, how I am doing and what I am learning.
The company I am doing the training with is ccprep.com
I will let you know how they do!
Ok so I rarely if ever praise Apple, hell this might be the first time but after reading this artcle I feel I need to:
At first when I read this I started thinking ” Well why did Apple deal with these companies in the first place?”, Apple being what I like to call the “Hippies choice” of products I would expect that everything is above board. Then I realized however that this kind of stuff happens everywhere and most companies wouldn’t care. So good on Apple for doing the checks and then fessing up to it rather than trying to cover everything up to maintain its pristine pearly white image.
Microsoft issued an alert about a piece of malware calling itself Microsoft Security Essentials.
Spread this around to people you know.
Let me check, yup apparently still room on the band wagon, jump on in!
I wonder who will release a bare metal hypervisor next, I am guessing Novell.
I remember when Windows Genuine Advantage came out, I remember when I had a flood of calls from clients about why Microsoft was telling them they were running illegal versions of Windows software (even when they weren’t), I remember the pains, and I remember the headaches and you know what it’s all going to happen again.
Look I understand that piracy is an issue, and I understand that Microsoft, like any other company out there want to make sure they are getting paid for their product. Bill Gates did create a charity, but it wasn’t Microsoft.
However they have got to get better about the way they identify the villains here. Our justice system is based on the principal that it is better for 100 guilty to go free then for one innocent to go to prison. Maybe Microsoft should try to adopt this policy for WGA.
Read about it here:
No surprise really, Vista is the red headed step child that Microsoft hopes they can shove into the attic and everyone will forget about. What does it mean though? Well for everyone who is currently using Vista should seriously look at upgrading to Windows 7, Microsoft’s plan is clearly to leave the bloated rotting corpse of Vista on the side of the road for the vultures to pick at. That combined with the fact they will be discontinuing support of XP as well means that they are clearly trying to accelerate plans to get everyone on 7 and why not, it’s actually pretty good. Granted Vista set my expectations pretty low.
Great news for people who use Cisco WLAN controllers, the new Blackberry Bold 9700 supports CCX and all the great features that represents. As a big fan of Cisco Wireless products this is really nice to see.
This gave me some issue the other day. I was setting up two Cisco 1411 wireless bridges to connect to each other for the first time. One was root bridge, the other set as non-root bridge.
After i set them up I was checking the web interface of the non-root bridge and the Radio interface was showing as disabled. I tried to re-enable it, but it wouldn’t come online. Logs show the interface was reset.
After a little research I found out this is actually normal. At the time the bridges were no point at each other and if the non-root bridge can not detect the root it disables it’s own radio interface. As soon as pointed them at each other the interface came back online.