Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 1M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
The Cisco Learning Network has posted information about version 5 of the CCIE Routing & Switching program. Key Points If you're in the version 4 program, 3-June-2014 is your last day to attempt the lab. IPv6 needs to be a part of your life now. As I looked over the blueprints, IPv6 is deeply enmeshed across all topics and not really a separate area of study. Layer 2 WAN technologies reflect the services typically offered by carriers to enterprises these days. I don't see frame relay anymore. I … read more.
I've built the framework for a CCDE knowledge base at design.packetpushers.net. The site uses the "KnowHow" theme designed for WordPress, which is very clean and makes it easy to organize information. There is very little actual content at the site yet. I have created several dozen articles that map to the CCDE 2.0 Written exam official blueprint from Cisco, but I've written almost nothing in the articles themselves yet. For the time being, the goal of the site is to flesh out the exam blueprints. Since … read more.
I don't usually get excited about new RFCs. They come, they go, with varying degrees of relevance to my day to day networking world. But RFC 7059 is a little different. This informational RFC walks through IPv6-over-IPv4 tunneling. This matters to me for a couple of reasons. I'm about to have this problem. IPv6 is on my radar. In my specific application for IPv6, I'll need a tunneling mechanism due to parts of the network I don't control yet need to traverse that are IPv4 only. Several different IPv6 … read more.