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New book! Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches

Posted on March 15

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The pre-release of my new book, Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches, is available from Manning Publications’ early access program. The book is a tutorial designed for beginners who want to learn how to administer Cisco switches and routers. Set aside a portion of your lunch hour every day for a month, […]


Pass the First Time: Study Tips for the CCNP Routing and Switching Certification

Posted on June 22

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If you’re studying for or considering the CCNP R&S certification, here are a few things to keep in mind: The CCNP exams test CCNA-level skills and knowledge, too This is a good thing, because it helps weed out those who “brain dump” the exams. If you got lucky with OSPF on your CCNA exam, you’re […]


Creating a File Share with PowerShell and Windows Server Core

Posted on June 2

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Sometimes you just need to create a file share. With Windows Server Core, you don’t have all the old GUI tools that we’re all used to. So you have to make do with PowerShell and the old fake DOS prompt. Fortunately, with a little help, it’s pretty easy. First, create the folder you want to […]


5 Reasons to Consider Leaving Apple

Posted on May 5

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Remember when everyone had to have an Apple product — an iPhone, Macbook, or iPad? Look at how fast things changed. Android has been leading the tablet and smartphone market and crushing Apple for years now. So what does this mean for Apple? #1 – Apple is now Apple, circa 1997. Apple is trying to […]


Building Windows Server with Puppet and Chocolatey

Posted on May 5

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Forget using scripts and group policies to configure a new Windows Server machine. Using Chocolatey and Puppet, you can do it faster & easier than ever (and it’s more fun too). This is especially true if you’re using a Server Core installation and don’t have a GUI to help you along. Oh, and if you […]