The World Keeps Turning

Well..couple of things have changed these past months that have had a lasting impact on everyone on this earth. A single reminder that we all share a common home on this place, even though we sometimes think were world’s apart from each other.

During this time I’ve been working from home, and busier then ever making sure the lights stay on. I like to think of myself as a lighthouse keeper or some type of engineer maintaining a spacecraft floating in space sending “pings” waiting for reply… We’ll get a response and when we do, we’ll be ready for the next adventure, we always are!

Things are changing around us, and every change is different depending where you are and who you are. One thing is for sure life events happen to us all the time but I think its important that we step back for a second and self-reflect on them, because that’s when things happen.

“Ups and downs personal and professional let these events change you throughout your life”

Think about them, self-reflect on them, it’s these milestones that I believe are so important and ultimately the purpose of life. Let’s take what we’ve learned, continue to learn, pull ourselves and others up because this is the place we call home.


photo of house near treesEvery year I think about goals, either how to conquer them, reflect on them, and recently change them. We all have been there, we have a plan in our head that we follow for a handful of years or even decades… something happens… all of sudden things change.

It’s this change that I believe is so important to life, we can’t and shouldn’t be static, we have to change in order to grow ourselves. Life events happen to us all the time, the big ones that have happen to me are things like, collage graduation, this website!, my first career job as Network Engineer, unexpected loss of a family member, a new job, moving, my first home, promotions, all of which happened in the last decade. 2019 was such special year for me and I’ll remember it for the rest my life, so much has happen to me personally…

I really hope everyone allows themselves to be able to experience these life events, ups and downs personal or professional let these change you, that’s really the whole point of life…which in turn allows you to find who you are truly, and that should be everyone’s goal.

I started this blog to get better at writing, teaching people about networking and my overall experiences in this field. I really didn’t care if someone stumbled on it in the beginning, however over time that changed, I love this! I’m not saying goodbye, but what happens next is anyone’s guess, and that’s how I think life works the best!

– Ryan 🙂

FMCv – Change IP Address

Welcome Back 😉

Think about this for a bit, its been years ago when we first configured the our Cisco FMCv in our virtual environment perhaps this is running for years with no problems. (Lucky us!) All of our firewalls connect to it, policies are pushed correctly, IPS rules are updated correctly and we even have URL filtering turned on some devices, and upgrades work out of the box, it just works, again lucky us! We have remote backups working but we never needed them…

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I Was A 10x Engineer. And I’m Sorry.

Saw this post, glad Tom shared it something to always remember, don’t be the machine that runs the company! Share your knowledge and be a resource!!


The Networking Nerd

You probably saw the big discussion this past weekend on Twitter about 10x Engineers. It all started with a tweet about how to recognize a 10x Engineer, followed by tons of responses about how useless their were and how people that had encountered them were happy to be rid of them. All that discussion made me think back to my old days as a Senior Network Rock Star. As I reminisced I realized that I was, in fact, a 10x Engineer. And I was miserable.

Pour Some Work On Me

I wasn’t always the epitome of engineering hatred. I used to be a wide-eyed technician with a hunger to learn things. I worked on a variety of systems all over the place. In fact, I was rising through the ranks of my company as a Novell Engineer in an environment with plenty of coverage. I was just learning the ropes…

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Graylog with AWS Elasticsearch

Graylog-logoGraylog has been through some changes last time I talked about them, hitting version 3.0 in February is awesome and one of things that make Graylog run well is Elasticsearch backend. Although Elasticsearch is not too hard to setup it usually runs better on bare metal, so there is cost of that as well as maintenance of the cluster is important, updates and upgrades. Depending your team experience you may not have time to learn it or run it the way it should be. That last thing you want is your logging setup to go down because of poor maintenance.

So in this post we will walk though setting up a Graylog Server and using AWS Elasticsearch service for our backend. Without having a quick Elasticsearch cluster Graylog experience suffers, so let’s get started.

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