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June 23, 2009  1:19 PM

Cisco Launches Security Blog

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Cisco anounces the launch of  the Cisco Security Blog, an external platform for Cisco community of security experts to share insights and engage in valuable online discussions. With the launch of the security blog, the security community can converse about current, top-of-mind security issues, including threat behavior, best practices, compliance, policy, products, or the latest security trends.
Source: blogs.cisco.com

June 21, 2009  6:11 AM

Following study materials will definitely help you to pass Cisco CCNA 640-802 Exams – Part 3

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Once you are done with the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulators , it’s a good idea to have more preparation and practice, if you are confident then don’t wait for anything just register yourself for the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams and best of luck , yes you can do it.

If you think you need some more practice and brush up it’s always a good idea to follow your folks at the Cisco Learning Network , which is full of resources, with some practice exams, presentations and videos.

Start Here: CCNA

For a General Overview of CCNA, View the Syllabus.

 

ICND1 Exam

Overview

Study/Learn

Practice

Take Your Exam

ICND2 Exam

Overview

Study/Learn

Practice

Take Your Exam

CCNA Single Exam

Overview

Study/Learn

Practice

Take Your Exam

 

 

Also CCNA 640-802 Cert Flash Cards Online can provide you some value added experience and confidence. The CCNA 640-802 Cert Flash Cards Online  is a online exam preparation tool consist of a custom flash card application loaded with over 300 total questions that test your skills and enhance retention of exam topics.

With this kind of vigorous practice and study nothing can stop you from achieving the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams. More over you are preparing with the number one CCNA selling titles. Wish you the best and hopefully this will help you to pass the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams


June 17, 2009  7:56 AM

Scrutinizer NetFlow analyzer simple and easy to manage

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It’s my habit to always  try something new or some interesting. As we have a huge project coming up, hence  I am in the process of testing many windows supported netflow analyzers.  Since I am aware of Manage Engine Netflow analyzer I thought for a change let me start over with Scrutinizer netflow analyzer.

I just went to the Scrutinizer web site and downloaded the latest Scrutinizer netflow analyzer; there support seems to be good, the moment I downloaded the  Scrutinizer netflow analyzer I received an email offering a trial key with few faqs of the Scrutinizer netflow analyzer.

  Continued »


June 15, 2009  1:14 PM

FCoE (Fiber Chanel over Ethernet) is a standard now

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On 3rd June 2009, the FC-BB-5 working group of T11 completed the development of the draft standard and unanimously approved it as the final standard. The following day the plenary session of T11 approved forwarding the FC-BB-5 standard to INCITS for publication as an ANSI standard.

 

Cisco Systems has significantly contributed to the definition of FCoE in the FC-BB-5 standard through multiple technical submissions. Cisco has led the FC-BB-5 working group holding the chairman position with Claudio DeSanti.

One of the most significant technical challenges for the working group has been the definition of the addressing mode for FCoE, with two schemes proposed, FPMAs (Fabric Provided MAC Addresses, proposed by Cisco) and SPMAs (Server Provided MAC Addresses, proposed by Brocade). The final standard recognizes the superiority of the Cisco scheme by stating that FPMAs are the only addresses mandatory to implement.

The standard is at:
http://www.t11.org/ftp/t11/pub/fc/bb-5/09-056v5.pdf

Also check this blog entry at Cisco blogs.

 


June 15, 2009  6:08 AM

Opensource Network Graphing Solution – VMware Cacti Built on FreeBSD UNIX,

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Other day I was looking for an upgrade for the Cacti in Google, while searching I came across this wonderful ready to use virtual appliance based on FreeBSD UNIX.

To brief about the Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool‘s data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provide a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box. All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy to use interface that makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with hundreds of devices.

The creator of this appliance Ernie did a great job by including nice collection of pre- configured open source software’s which includes the following

 

    – FreeBSD UNIX v6.2 RELEASE built to Ernie’s specifications
    – PERL v5.8.8 and many carefully selected modules
    – PHP v5.2.4 that I custom compiled from source
    – Apache v2.2.6 that I custom compiled from source
    – Net-SNMP v5.4 that I custom compiled from source
    – MySQL v5.45 that I custom compiled from source
    – RRDTool v1.23 that I custom compiled from source via FreeBSD’s Ports
    –
Cacti and Many Plugins:
    – Various other key ingredients compiled from source with the help of the FreeBSD Ports Collection
        – OpenSSL
        – OpenSSH
        – GD
        – NTop
        – Tripwire
    And even more!

This VMware Cacti Appliance is really helpful, easy to install and manage. More over you will find the installation guide with illustrations as well Wow.  Download the VMware Cacti Appliance here.


June 13, 2009  5:38 AM

Following study materials will definitely help you to pass Cisco CCNA 640-802 Exams – Part 2

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In my first post  I was talking about the books required to pass Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams, once you are done with The CCNA Official Exam Certification Library (CCNA Exam 640-802), and with the boson Exsim practice exams which are always very helpful to understand the concepts as well as an idea about the questions you might face in the real Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams.

 

The best idea would be to practice the labs , in order to ease this Cisco Press came up with an excellent product CCENT 640-822 Network Simulator, which is good for the gentlemen who has no exposure to real routers and switches, it’s good for hands on experience.  Also I have reviewed the CCENT 640-822 Network Simulator which explains the details of labs included with screen shots as well.

Cisco Press will release the next part of the CCNA 640-802 Network Simulator on 24th of June 09. SO that you can practice well for the labs covered in the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams.


June 5, 2009  8:11 AM

Chance to win Cisco CCNA Portable Command Guide, 2e

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As I am blogging about the books required to pass Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams , while before proceeding to second part I found a great opportunity for you all folks to win a free CCNA Portable Command Guide, 2e which is a great book to master the topic covered in the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams.

 

You are entitled to win the free CCNA Portable Command Guide, 2e  just by signing up for a FREE Safari Books Online 10 day trial during the month of June!


May 30, 2009  9:30 AM

Following study materials will definitely help you to pass Cisco CCNA 640-802 Exams – Part 1

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You might be wondering what books or materials will be help full to pass the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams. Cisco Network Academy is great but every one might be not able to attend the course and of course saving money especially during this economic slowdown is a great idea.

So I would suggest some books and materials which will help you to successfully pass the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams. The only thing required is your determination and sincere efforts. The suggested materials are good for self study with simple networking background who knows the basics well.

The objective is just not only to pass the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams but also to have a clear understanding of handling Cisco networking devices. Cisco Press always comes to my mind first ,as the books produced by Cisco Press are  good and always meets with objectives of the exams.

When it comes to the Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams following books are good and worth reading and practicing the exams.

The CCNA Official Exam Certification Library (CCNA Exam 640-802), 3rd Edition published by Cisco Press is worth reading and it does comes with the practice exams from Boson Exsim which are really great and very useful once you are done with the reading of  The CCNA Official Exam Certification Library (CCNA Exam 640-802), the author Wendell Odom has successfully authored books which are easily understandable even a newbie can understand the concepts easily.

By Wendell Odom.

Published by Cisco Press.

Series: Exam Certification Guide.

ISBN-10: 1-58720-183-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-183-7; Published: Sep 4, 2007; Copyright 2008; Dimensions 7-3/8×9-1/8; Pages: 1475; Edition: 3rd.

 

You can purchase this book directly from Cisco Press as well from Amazon for 59.99 $ if you are a Cisco Press member you are entitled to get 30% discount wow. Do register yourself as a member of Cisco Press and enjoy the discounts.

These products not only help you learn the topics, but also include tools for knowledge review and exam preparation.

In up coming posts I will discuss other books and materials useful to pass Cisco CCNA 640-802 exams.


May 30, 2009  8:38 AM

Iron Port Seminar comes to Middle East this June

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Dear Friends, if you are leaving Middle East there is good chance for you to experience the Seminar conducted by Cisco Systems which is worth attending. Here is the agenda

Registration URL: http://form.declic3000.com/ironport-moyen-orient/?sid=TEST


May 27, 2009  12:26 PM

HP has announced that it will cut another 6,000 jobs, following poor second quarter results.

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I was just browsing the regional technical portal and came to know that HP is cutting another 6,000 jobs due to poor second quarter results.  The second quarter results dropped by 17% from the same quarter last year, to $1.7 billion. which forced the giant company like HP to axe 6000 more jobs. The economic crisis has forced many companies to cut down their investments, research plans etc. which is going to affect the industry in coming decade, if the world failed to come out of this economic crisis.

 

Mark Hurd, HP chairman and CEO commented: “Disciplined focus on operational efficiencies and execution drove record cash flow. Our services business continued to deliver strong profitability with an increased deal pipeline and the EDS integration tracking ahead of schedule.”

 

More at  http://www.itp.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=556313&newsletter=1  http://www.damiansaunders.net


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