Tag Archives: Cisco

Old frankenpix information

Just posted here to preserve it for posterity. In the old days, I would make Frankenpix boxes.  These would be basically identical to a PIX520 or LocalDirector 430/416.  They were Cisco PIX/LocalDirector clones, using the following hardware, and they worked … Continue reading

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Complete CCIE Storage Lab using VMDirectPath I/O

Back when I built my storage lab, I had to build separate physical servers (WIN1, WIN2, WIN3 and MGMT) each with their own fibre channel cards and I/O paths.  Today, VMware has VMDirectPath I/O, which allows you to take multiple … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Cisco NX-OS Part 2: Exploding the System Image

Previously I wrote on how to look inside of the NX-OS kickstart image.  This post will be how to look inside the NX-OS system image.  The system image is not “booted” like the kickstart image.  Its loaded into place by … Continue reading

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My new lab, my new home away from home

Recently I was asked to goto our Norcross, GA office to help out with some of the work up there.  I will be spending most of my time there, commuting from WPB, Fl Mon-Fri to Georgia, and then returning on … Continue reading

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Nexus 5000 / 2000 vs. Cisco MDS

I have started doing a technical deep dive into Cisco Nexus switching.  I am beginning at the 5000 / 2000’s as these are layer 2 (well soon to be layer 3) devices and support storage.  I must say that the … Continue reading

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