Private VLANs

network-cable-ethernet-computer-159304.jpegLet’s start out 2018 with private VLANs, with PVLANs the network gets a little more privacy added to it. When we have privacy on the network we can seclude certain parts of it. Essentially, “you can go about your business – move along, move along”. Private VLANs allow us to segment networks within a single VLAN. So in this post we’ll go over the types of PVLANs as well as setup a network topology with private VLANs, Let’s get started! Continue reading


Factory Reset Firepower 2100

In this short guide I wanted to walk through the steps to do a factory reset for the Cisco Firepower 2100 series. When doing these resets all configuration and the administrative password are removed, as well as the FTD (Firepower Threat Defense) app-instance. When the unit starts to boot it will reinstall the FTD app-instance to default configuration.
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VLAN Access Lists (VACLs)

VACLs are another good layer of security to help control who can talk to who, much likeĀ  access control lists that are in firewalls and routers, however the difference is VACLs operate at layer two of the OSI model. There could be situations where you have multiple hosts on the same LAN and want to block traffic from reaching certain hosts within that same network, how would you go about blocking that type of traffic without using a router or firewall? (Hint: Create a VACL)

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Enable the NX-OS API

APISo what has changed in the past 20 years? Take for example the network equipment that was manufactured in 1997, how did you configure that equipment? I would imagine it involved a serial port, HyperTerminal and trusty command line. Was API even a thing back in 1997, was it common to have an API interface in network equipment like today? Why do we even need an API on the equipment in the first place? What changed?

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Enter Cisco Firepower CLI (Read-Only)

You have the FMC installed and connect to FTD device with configuration deployed but for what ever reason there is a problem and you need to enter the CLI on the Firepower device to troubleshoot the equipment and although you can’t configure anything you can do show and debug commands to troubleshoot via the CLI. Continue reading