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January 27, 2012  11:41 PM

Cisco Live

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, Cisco Live is upon us again. Last year Cisco opened up the virtual option for Cisco Live to the world. It was a great event with tons of useful information. This year they seem to be doing the same thing and letting everyone into the event for free. Register to get in on the sessions!

Cisco Live UK: http://www.ciscolive.com/us/virtual/events/?sid=210702_15
Registration: http://www.ciscolive.com/us/registration-packages/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

January 27, 2012  11:29 PM

LLDP on Cisco Devices

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, Ciscos CDP has been around … well forever it seems like. CDP is an incredibly useful protocol that tells you at a layer 2 level what switches or routers or such are connected which other devices. This simple protocol allows you to map out a network in a short period of time.

Another highly used feature of the CDP protocol is for Cisco phones to determine which VLAN the phone is on. But what about Mitel or non-Cisco phones or switches. What is their solution to this obvious dilemma? Enter LLDP.

LLDP is CDP but open-standard. It runs in much the same way as CDP but with obvious differences. The primary difference is that it also runs on HP switches and Mitel phones. Some phones such as Mitels phones allow the phone to use the LLDP technology in order to automatically find out what VLAN they need to be on.

The configuration for the LLDP isn’t much different from the Cisco proprietary CDP protocol. Basically, you issue the “LLDP run” command in global configuration mode and you’re done. Unless you want/need specific parameters that is all there is to it. Review the link below for more information if you need it.

LLDP Configuration Doc: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst2960/software/release/12.2_37_ey/configuration/guide/swlldp.pdf

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


January 27, 2012  11:20 PM

Cisco ScanSafe

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, if you are looking for a content management product or a product to filter out the SPAM for email then look no further. Cisco acquired ScanSafe a while ago and has started to integrate it into their product portfolio. The ScanSafe product line is getting great reviews, even from Gartner (link below).

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Secure Web Gateway rated Cisco above all of the other competitors in that particular market space. The integration with ISR G2 routers is also pretty solid. While the integration is new the vision for it very flushed out.

Basically you can have a router (not sure about ASA) and have the router perform content filtering on a per-user basis for you. The ScanSafe “cloud” does the reporting piece and is distributed across the world so that you don’t run into natural disaster type failures.

The Cisco ScanSafe product is definitely worth a look.

http://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/reprints/cisco_us3/article1/article1.html

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


January 27, 2012  11:13 PM

New XBOX Console Rumours

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, a new generation of the popular XBOX console generation is being ground up in the rumour. Everything from what hardware will be in the new console to whether or not you can play second hand games is up for debate.

So far the rumours have it pegged that the new console will have 6 times the graphics processing power as the old console and that you won’t be able to played second hand games. Now how the new XBOX generation is going to pull off the later of the two rumoured items is somewhat of a mystery. One thing is for sure, though second hand games are an industry unto its own. You really can’t just cut out that whole section of the industry. Nonetheless the pundits are angry … about the rumour … because it might be distantly true. Who knows is the honest answer.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 30, 2011  9:00 PM

Last Post of 2011

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, this is my last post for this year. There has been a lot that has happened in the last 12 months. With the economy the way it is it has been a great year for innovation. That isn’t something that I would have thought would have happened and that I am very surprised and happy about.

What are some of your top IT related breakthroughs of the last year?

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 30, 2011  8:45 PM

Google Plus – Idle But There

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, Google Plus is out there. People, whoever they are, are using it. And it is getting more users every day or so the stats say. Here is my main question. Who are these people using Google Plus? I definitely don’t see them. I saw an article a few months ago, that I can’t find again for some reason, saying that 80% of Google Plus users are idle. They’ve signed up and they are there but they aren’t doing anything.

This puts Google in a rare and interesting position. Lots of people are looking for a reason to use the service. Google must see this. I wonder what Google will try to do to capture the attention of the captive audience before they get bored and stop paying attention … like I will soon.

Google Plus Stats Article: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/facebook-google-plus-growth/38337/

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 30, 2011  8:27 PM

RIM Has Had Better Days

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, RIM is behind in pretty much every area that they play in. Heading into 2012 it looks like they plan on staying that way. With no new releases or buzz around their products to usher in the new year it doesn’t look like they are going to gain any ground either. Android and Apple are eating into their mobile market space with amazing speed and they aren’t putting up much of a fight, yet.

The small company used to be one of my favorites when it came to their products. I still see that they could make a dramatic comeback but I am more and more pessimistic about that conclusion. The news and forecasts and analysts say that their day is done. That is too bad.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 29, 2011  1:32 AM

eReaders for Everyone

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, what is the best eBook reader? Well the answer is no straightforward as “Buy this one” unless you are selling it but the list can be narrowed a bit. Amazon likes their Kindle. I must admit to eyeing it myself but you would have to get one of the newer models. The older ones just don’t refresh the screen fast enough for today’s standards. Even though the Kindle takes first place the Nook takes a close second. The Nook tablet is color as well. If you are on the fence then here is a solid set of reviews of all of the eReaders that are hot on the market.

eBook Reviews: http://ebook-reader-review.toptenreviews.com/ppc-index.html?cmpid=166225

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 29, 2011  1:06 AM

Linksys – Not for Everyone

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, the SMB router has gotten better over the years. It only makes sense since technology keeps chugging along at a nice pace. But they are limited. There are still many many things that you can’t do with them. I was recently involved with a client that tried to use a home based Cisco branded Linksys to do multiple subnets across a single tunnel configuration. Needless to say that the commands and methods that were available inside of the home based router just didn’t cut it.

The client got an “A” for effort but they just weren’t meant for that sort of setup. It only makes sense that you are going to pay for higher end features. Especially when your business requires them. That is the way that the firewall makers get their R&D money back.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


December 29, 2011  12:45 AM

Lync iPhone App

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, Lync is a great cooperate IM app. It ties together information from a bunch of different sources such as Exchange calendaring and contacts and add that information seamlessly to Outlook or SharePoint. Now wouldn’t it be great if you could get all that Lync goodness on your iPhone. And you guessed it, you can. The link below will take you to the Apple website with all of the information for downloading the free app.

Lync iPhone App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-lync-2010-for-iphone/id484293461?mt=8

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)


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