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Brad Reese on Cisco: Cisco will relocate elite CCIEs who join team of high touch technical support engineers

The Cisco Services/HTTS Group will relocate elite CCIEs who are passionate about providing high level on-site support to large enterprise Cisco customers. As Cisco advanced services engineers, the elite Cisco high touch technical support HTTS team enjoy exceptional salary, benefits and Cisco stock options.

Jeff Doyle on IP Routing: An update on IPv4 depletion

In a post back in May, I discussed the fact that there were 55 remaining /8 IPv4 blocks remaining in the IANA unallocated address pool at the beginning of this year. 7 additional blocks had been allocated in 2007 as I wrote the post, and I predicted that by the end of the year 12 – 15 /8s would be allocated. So where do we stand so far?

Wendell Odom's Cisco Cert Zone : CCENT-level switch forwarding question

I'm posting a new exam-like question today, this time focusing on the layer 2 forwarding logic on LAN switches. This one's appropriate for the ICND1 exam. Next week, I'll show a similar question, but with some ICND2-approprate complexity thrown in. The main idea is to predict where the switches in this figure would forward particular frames, at least in their current state.

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Dheeraj Tolani's Cisco Routing & Switching Essentials: R&S essentials, Part 1

There are many articles that address the complex issues of various protocols for routers and switches, so we thought it would make sense to talk about the very basics—that is, the concepts most people assume we know, so if we don’t know them, we might be afraid to ask about them.

Michael Morris' Notes from the Field: A zero defect world?

In July, Cisco's Networkers keynote comedian speaker, John Cleese, made mistakes the theme of his address - "Mistakes are a good thing because you learn from them and get better. So, don't be afraid of making mistakes, because when you start being afraid of mistakes, you stop innovating and taking risks. When that happens your business will be left behind." However, does this rule apply to networking these days, or for that matter, all of IT? Let's be honest, one line missing or changed in Cisco IOS can make a world of difference.

ChannelSurfing with Ken Presti: Rented certifications: What’s that about?

There’s a series of TV commercials in which people are confidently doing some skilled, professional task and then admit they’re not really experts, but they did sleep in this particular hotel last night. That theme came to mind when I read Brad Reese’s blog about a company that’s offering to match channel partners with certified personnel (CCIE, CCNP, etc.) – not for hiring them -- but for renting their badge so they can appear on paper to be more skilled than they really are.

Jamey Heary: Cisco Security Expert: 3 most commonly configured Catalyst switch security features

There are several security features that have been embedded in catalyst switch software. Many of which are, or should be, used as commonly as VLANs. Let’s take a look at the three most popular of these and their uses. Port Security – This is one of the most commonly used switch security feature of all. It is vital for protection against MAC spoofing and CAM table overflow attacks.

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