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Cisco NX-OS: Fabric Extender (FEX)

Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders acts as a remote line card of N7K or N5K chassis. N2K FEX – ToR – Top of the RackN5K/N7K – EoR – End of the Row Why? Solve the problem of wiring cables in the data center. Keep all cables inside the rack as much as possible Simplify the management and reduce number of management...

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Cisco NX-OS: Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)

Nexus Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs) vitualize physical hardware (like contexts in ASA) also vitualize control plane protocols. Separate control plane per VDC (vlan 10 in VDC 1 is not vlan 10 in VDC 2) Each VDC has its own: Management plane Control plane Data plane Why use VDC: multiple logical roles (Core & Distribution on the same box) VDCs as a...

Cisco Firepower Version 6.5.0

Cisco Firepower Version 6.5.0 Entirely new URL categories, most of which identify threats: Talos Intelligence Categories Larger instances for FTDv on Azure – Firepower Threat Defense Virtual on Microsoft Azure now supports larger instances: D4_v2 and D5_v2. VMware vSphere/VMware ESXi 6.7 support Cisco Firepower Version 6.5.0 Release note

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Cisco NX-OS: CLI notes

1. NX-OS supports aliases “cli alias name <name of alias> <command>” conf tcli alias name wr copy run star => can use “wr” to save config NX-OS also supports multiple commands aliases. Use “;” as separator: 2. IOS range command =>  3. CTRL+0 => clear the screen 4. Tab to complete the command  5. Admins of efault VDC can verify or...

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Cisco ISE: Update HotSpot access-code Daily

Several times, I run into the question if there is an option to “automatically” change the guest HotSpot access code at a given interval (lets say daily) and I came up with the following solution: ISE API + Python + Task Scheduler Steps: Enable API on ISE Create Python Script Configure Task Scheduler Enable the ERS APIs The ERS APIs are...

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Python: Simple Email Gmail

Sometimes it is very useful to have the script that sends notification, when finishes executing, has come to an error or just needs to send some data to you.This script is used to send a simple email from a gmail account (can be configured for other email servers). I was working on the task, that involved Cisco ISE, guest portal and...

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Cisco DNA Center: Wireless Assurance

Wireless Assurance gives you the visibility and insights to solve for network challenges in the past, present, and future. Steps:1. Network discovery CLI and SNMP are required credentials global or task specific Global settings: Design > Network Settings > Site > Device Credentials Once discovery is done all Devices appear in Inventory. Make sure status is ok for each column: Reachability...

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Cisco DNA Center: Install/Setup/Prerequisites

A better way to control your network:Cisco DNA Center is the network management and command center for Cisco DNA, intent-based network for the enterprise. Intent-based networking is a big push for the future of network management. Prerequisites notes:1. VM or customer UCS server is NOT supported2. IP addresses: DNS server (2+ recommended)     NTP server (2+ recommended)     Proxy Server IP address and...