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Cisco Lab buildup

I have been spending the majority of my time just reading over Cisco Press books, and taking practice tests.  I have been wanting to get my lab back in running condition as well as add new components to assist in my security goals.  With the latest edition of the Digi CM 32 Console Terminal it now makes it much easier to access all my equipment via the console.  Before I would have to go into the closet and connect my laptop directly into...

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Digi CM 32 Console Server

Digi CM 32 Console Server

I just ordered a Digi CM 32 Console Server to use in my Cisco Labs.  The Digi CM provides in-band or out-of-band management of any network equipment with a serial console port.  I am able to now have console access to all my Cisco gear remotely as well by connecting up to the IP address that is assigned to the Digi CM 32 Console Server. You can configure everything via the web console interface that is provided on the device and then...

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Passed my CCENT Exam

My first step towards my CCIE Security was achieved while attending Cisco Live 2013 in Orlando.  I took the test at the end of Tuesday and was elated to see that my previous time of study had paid off when I saw my passing score.  I feel the breakout session with Keith Barker and Scott Morris helped give me that extra push with subnetting.  I had already done a lot of practicing with subnetting, however they showed me one more way to make...

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Cisco Live 2013

My employer is sending me to Cisco Live in Orlando, FL this year.  I am very excited and looking forward to the educational opportunities and networking I will be able to access.  As I am primarily focusing on networking security these days I am mainly focusing on security topics while at Cisco Live.  I have also taken the opportunity to schedule a Cisco exam while attending the conference, and I hope I do well this time around.  I have...

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Upgrading Cisco PIX 515E IOS and ASDM

Today I wanted to upgrade my PIX 515E to the most recent version available for the hardware.  I have been running PIX IOS version 7.2(3) and ASDM version 5.2(3).  Visiting Cisco’s website I found I could download version 8.0(4)28 for the IOS and 6.1(5)51 would be needed as my 5.2(3) version would no longer work once I upgraded the PIX. The upgrade process is easy using either the CLI or ASDM.  I was unable to copy the image.bin file...

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Setup Cisco VPN via ASDM on PIX 515E

Setting up VPN on a PIX 515E is a straightforward process when using ASDM, and it is not much more difficult to do within the CLI either.  I will take you through all the steps needed to configure a working VPN solution on your firewall as well as post an example of the config at the end. First you need to open ASDM from your desktop computer and connect to your firewall.             We will be configuring a...

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