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October 18, 2009  6:09 AM

CCIE Routing and Switching Official Certification Guide to be released in November 2009



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
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I was just accessing the rough cuts for the Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching Official Certification Guide, 4th Edition. I had a great first impression. I had a chance to read “LAN Switching” part. It was a great firsthand experience. This segment is organized well and the approach is similar to CCNA, CCNP books, starts with a brief introduction and then the most useful section of Cisco Press Books “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz followed by “Foundation topics and “Foundation Summary”.

 

Pic Courtesy: Cisco Press

 

The Cisco Press authors Wendell Odom, Rus Healy and Denise Donohue did a credible job; I liked the way they presented the topics, since I spent most of my time on Switching I really enjoyed the “LAN Switching” part. Though I am familiar with most of the things they were talking but it was great experience to refresh my info.

 

The CCIE Routing and Switching Official Certification Guide 4th Edition is to be released on 19th of November 2009 by Cisco Press, they are offering great discount do check Cisco Press web site for more details, but make sure you registered yourself to Cisco Press website to get more discount. Once the book released I will try to write a review on this book.

 

October 15, 2009  10:32 PM

Windows 7 is amazing in terms of Systems restoration



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
Backup your Computer, Control panel, Hibernation, Introducing Windows 7, laptop, Microsoft outlook 2007, Network Technologies and Trends, Network Tips, Restore your computer, system repair disk, USB hard disk, Windows 7, Windows 7 Backup, Windows 7 installation, Windows 7 System Image, Windows 7 System Restore, Windows 7 Systems and Security, Windows 7 tips

I am using Windows 7, since beta days and then now with RC release.  Couple of week’s back I was attending a Seminar “Introducing Windows 7” organized by Microsoft for their partners. I did asked few questions; one of them was related to Windows restore and hibernation. I asked them if I have a complete Backup of my computer in my external USB hard disk, is it possible to restore Windows 7 and all applications in a new hard disk. The gentleman said it’s not possible. I was not convinced thought of testing myself.

 First using the Systems and Security menu from Control panel I selected the option “Backup your Computer” and I selected I created a System Image in my External USB hard disk.

 

Then I created a System repair disk by using the menu “Create a system repair disk” from the Systems and Security menu from Control panel.

 

Once I am done with these things I replaced the existing hard disk in my laptop with a new one. Then I installed Windows 7 in my laptop, after completion of Windows 7 installation I restarted my laptop with the restore disk I created and I made sure my External USB hard disk is connected my laptop as well. I booted the laptop using the System repair disk and then I click next once I got this menu,

 

And then I selected the option “Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier”

Then I selected the latest available system image which by default selected the image stored in my external USB hard disk,

 If by change if the latest system image is not shown you always have an option to select the image manually. Once I selected the image file stored in my external USB hard disk I was able to restore my laptop with all applications and documents stored in my original hard disk. Cool utility that too GUI from Microsoft in Windows 7. For some reason I forget to take the backup of my contacts in my Microsoft Outlook 2007 so again I removed the new hard disk and replaced it with the original one. When I restarted the laptop with the original hard disk, the laptop started back from the Hibernation mode. As I forget to shutdown my laptop before starting this whole operation. It was hibernated with lot of open files and windows. Amazing isn’t it.

 


October 14, 2009  5:58 AM

Cisco intends to acquire advance wireless gear maker Starent Networks Corp for 2.9 billion dollars



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
advance wireless, Cisco acquisitions, Cisco Blog, Cisco News, Cisco Systems, Cisco Updates, mobile internet, Network Technologies and Trends, next-generation networks, smart mobile, Starent, Starent Networks Corp, Tandberg, WI-Max, Wi-Max technology

Yet another acquisition is planned by Cisco Systems. Cisco Systems is planning to buy advance wireless telecommunication equipment makers Starent Networks Corp for 2.9 billion dollars to boost its product offerings as phone carriers build out next-generation networks. This will be a second major acquisition this month for Cisco Systems after billion buyout of videoconferencing leader Tandberg for roughly 3 billion dollars.

According to a post in Cisco blogs, by acquiring Starent Networks CorpCisco Systems can expand their product portfolio in mobile internet market. As we all know the Emerging markets are seeing the success of Wi-Max technology. Surely this acquisition will help Cisco to broaden its presence in the Wi-Max area.

“The growth of smart mobile devices and net books has fundamentally changed consumer behavior with regards to how they use the Internet,” said Ned Hooper, Cisco’s chief strategy officer who also oversees the consumer business.

By first half of year 2010, the acquisition is expected to close. Until then Cisco Systems and Starent Networks Corp  will continue to operate as separate companies. Upon completion of the transaction Starent Networks Corp will become the new Mobile Internet Technology Group led by Starent President and CEO Ashraf Dahod. Starent was founded in 2000 and completed its initial public offering in 2007. The company is based in Tewksbury, Mass., and has approximately 1,000 employees worldwide.


October 13, 2009  1:25 PM

Using Cisco Unified Customer Voice portal two million calls are shifted daily!



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
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One of the leading Telecom operators in India, IDEA Cellular an Aditya Birla Group Company was able to shift two million daily calls from live agents to a self-service voice portal that increased customer satisfaction and reduced average hold by using the Cisco Unified Customer Voice Portal.

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With the use Cisco Unified Customer Voice portal, IDEA Cellular is catering more than 47 million customers. Yet another business success story by using Cisco solutions. The solution was implemented by IMB India.


October 11, 2009  6:05 AM

“Show processes cpu sorted” good command to troubleshoot a Cisco Router CPU utilization



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
Cisco Routers, Cisco Switches, CPU Utilization, CPU utilization graph, IOS 12.2 T, Network Technologies and Trends, Router Troubleshooting, show processes cpu history, show processes cpu sorted, switch troubleshooting, troubleshooting, Yasir

During base lining or troubleshooting activity you may need to determine out the CPU Utilization of your Cisco router or Switch. While exploring to find out the top 10 ten CPU utilization process in a Cisco router, I discovered the sorted option of the “show processes cpu” command.

The sorted option is really a beneficial option in the “show processes cpu” command which can help you to find out the load of your Cisco router or a Switch over the last 5 seconds, 1 minute and 5 minutes. Starting in IOS 12.2 T, the “show processes cpu history” command gives a nice CPU utilization graph.

At times it is helpful to sort the processes by their percentage of CPU utilization. To do this you can use the show processes cpu sorted command as follows:

Some of the sample output is as follows

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October 10, 2009  5:59 AM

The Borderless Networks Experience:Cool new innovations



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
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October 20th, we can all experience the architectural vision for Borderless Networks Cisco is creating, on 20th October, 2009 at 11 AM PST Cisco System is conducting a virtual event “Borderless Networks Experience”.  If you are in different time zone no probs, Cisco Systems is hosting this virtual even in three different time zones. So just pick that one which suits you the best and enjoy the latest innovation. The details are as follows

 

The Borderless Networks Experience: The World is Your Workspace
Tues., Oct. 20; 11:00 PDT (18:00 GMT)

Imagine a world where you can use video in innovative ways with your customers, business partners and employees. Imagine a world where customer satisfaction is improved by making interactions more personal and immediate. In this world, the workspace is seamlessly transformed to be more global, efficient and fun.

This webcast will explain how new technologies can transform your business to make the Borderless Network Experience a reality.

Live Q&A

Cisco experts will be available throughout the webcast to answer your questions regarding this new, ground-breaking technology.

 

 
 
 

Agenda

 

o   Cisco networking experts unveil industry-changing innovations for delivering the ultimate workspace experience

o   Industry leading IT managers describe how these innovations are already transforming their businesses.

o   Discover how to make your organization borderless

 

So have fun and check this cool video as well.

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October 8, 2009  10:10 PM

Bad news for SPAM, Good news for you



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
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Cisco Systems have come up with a security appliance which is a dedicated antispam, antivirus and antiphisihing appliance which virtually eliminates email threat right out of box. Cisco named this security appliance as The Cisco Spam and Virus Blocker, which is aimed at small business segment and can support up to 250 users. More over the SC Magazine has awarded all star rating for the Cisco Spam & Virus Blocker i.e. 5-star rating

 

The Cisco Spam and Virus Blocker acts as an email gateway and message transfer agent, typically deployed between the internet edge and the email server. The appliance secures email using anti-malware, anti-spam and content filtering.

The good news is Cisco Systems is offering a 30 days money back guarantee and if you are among first 100 customers to fix an appointment chances are high to receive an iPod shuffle.

 

Some of the salient features of Cisco Spam and Virus Blocker are as follows

 

·         Protects small businesses by providing powerful protection against spam, viruses and other email threats to secure your network and business data while improving productivity.

·         Stops spam right out of the box, unlike other products that require ongoing and time-consuming administration to work effectively.

·         Reduces operational costs through simple setup in minutes and continuous automatic updates.

·         Enhances the performance of networks, servers, and computers by helping eliminate unwanted email.

·         Provides peace of mind with a complete solution including hardware, software, updates, and product support in a single package.

Overall the Cisco Spam and Virus Blocker is an impressive device as an entry point into the small business market. Smaller organizations with the budget and need for granular security options can enjoy the full featured enterprise-class nature of the product, as well as the support.


October 6, 2009  12:04 PM

IBM Middle East to host “Storage Innovations for a Dynamic Infrastructure” event in Saudi Arabia



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
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IBM Middle East is conducting an event “Storage Innovations for a Dynamic Infrastructure” in three major cities of Saudi Arabia. The event will held in Jeddah, Riyadh and Al Khobar on 12th, 13th and 14th of October 2009.

Pic Courtesy : IBM Middle East

In this event the storage virtualisation technology of IBM seeks to address the challenge of infrastructure management complexity by providing a feature rich centralised point of management for heterogeneous storage environments for both block and file data.

Find out more on the solutions provided by IMB by joining them in one of the events in a city near you.

The location and dates are as follows

October 12, 2009- Intercontinental Hotel- Jeddah
October 13, 2009- Marriott Hotel- Riyadh
October 14, 2009- Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel- Al Khobar

The Agenda for the Event is as follows

Agenda

Time

Description

09:00

Welcome and Registration

09:30

Introduction and Market Overview

10:00

Simplifying the storage infrastructure through Virtualization

11:15

Coffee Break

11:30

Advanced data de-duplication for medium and large enterprises

12:45

STOP PRESS – IBM System Storage New Announcements

13:15

Lunch and Networking

Do register now.


October 6, 2009  7:55 AM

Hotmail passwords leaked online due to phishing attack



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
@hotmail.com, @live.com, @msn.com, hacking, Hotmail, Hotmail accounts, Hotmail password, Hotmail passwords leaked, illegal, Microsoft's PR teams, Microsoft's Security Response Center, Neowin, password, password change, pastebin, phishing, phishing attack, protection, scam, Security, Virus, website, windows live, Windows live blog

 

According to CNET latest updates, thousands of Windows Live Hotmail passwords have been leaked online due to phishing attack.  Some sources say more than 10,000 Windows Live accounts briefly appeared on web site PasteBin, including accounts on email domains like @hotmail.com, @msn.com, and @live.com. The list of leaked addresses starts with A & B. This news is raising fears among the Windows Live Hotmail users.

 

Microsoft has confirmed this news and it was first reported by Neowin. So if you’re a Live Hotmail user and you suspect you may have been affected, now’s the time to change that password and security credentials. If you are using the same password for other sites it’s strongly recommended to change the passwords and security credentials as well. Do act now

 

Do check the Windows live blog for more updates as well. And Microsoft strongly recommends its customers to using the following protective security measures

  • Renew their passwords for Windows Live IDs every 90 days
  • For administrators, make sure you approve and authenticate only users that you know and can verify credentials
  • As phishing sites can also pose additional threats, please install and keep anti-virus software up to date

Neowin was to first act by reporting this incident immediately to Microsoft’s Security Response Center and to Microsoft’s PR teams in the UK and US. After leaning this breach, Microsoft “immediately requested that the credentials be removed and launched an investigation to determine the impact to customers,” it wrote on its Windows Live blog. 

 


October 4, 2009  5:04 AM

Emerging market will reach over 135 million broadband connections over next five according to Gartner predictions.



Posted by: Yasir Irfan
Broadband, broadband connections, Cable Modem, China, DSL, Emerging Markets, Gartner, Gartner Incorporation, Gartner predictions, India, Latin America, Middle East, Saudi Arabia

Emerging markets such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Latin American countries, Eastern Europe, and Middle East and Africa will double those from mature markets (135 million vs.62 million respectively).

 

By end of this year one in five household worldwide will have a fixed broadband connections (DSL, Cable Modem, etc).

 

In 2009, 442 million household are benefited with the broadband connection and the market is expected to grow nearly 580 million in the next few years.

 

“Broadband services represent the core of all fixed-line household communications services; hence, communications providers will be able to continue their reliance on broadband subscription revenue to offset revenue loss from other services in their portfolio offerings,” Ms. Sabia said. “Equipment manufacturers (modems, routers and PCs) and providers of carrier infrastructure will benefit by having more connections to supply equipment and services to. Government, medical and educational institutions alike will have alternative access to their customers via the household broadband connection.”

 

The complete press release can be accessed at the following link.


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