CCNA Version 2.0 Refresh

Cisco-NetworkI think we knew it was coming at some point and Cisco has recently announced a refresh for the 640-822 (ICND1), 640-816 (ICND2) and the all in one 640-802 (CCNA) the last day to take these tests and get certified are September 30th of 2013.  You will notice some old references no longer mentioned on this refresh, so let’s go over the differences and some of the changes Cisco has made to the associate-level certification track. Continue reading “CCNA Version 2.0 Refresh”

Introduction into Cisco Configuration Professional

Let’s walk through the basics with Cisco Configuration Professional as it is a helpful tool to use at the associate levels of the Cisco certification track and needed if you are looking at getting the CCNA Security certification. In this introduction we will introduce CCP and setup a community and then finally discover our devices within CCP. This is not the first GUI tool Cisco has produced to manage individual routers, an older tool called Cisco SDM also helped Network Administrators which supports the ISR Generation 1 routers. In this blog a while back I talked about Cisco SDM and walked through some tutorials on using it. Although it’s reaching age with Cisco support it is still officially supported until February 28th 2014. The good news with CCP is it supports these older ISR Generation 1 routers as well as the new ISR Generation 2 routers, were Cisco SDM only support ISR G1 routers. Continue reading “Introduction into Cisco Configuration Professional”

Password Recovery – Cisco IOS Routers

 

In this post I want to cover how to recover passwords on a Cisco IOS Router. This is helpful in lab environments as well as production environments. Although this method can be used the correct “legal” way you can also use this method to break into these devices “illegally” if you have physical console access to the device. However to get into it physical power must be turned off first causing a disruption in the environment, let get started! Continue reading “Password Recovery – Cisco IOS Routers”

Upgrade ASA IOS via ASDM

In this short but helpful post, I’ll go through the process of upgrading the ASA IOS via the ASDM. This is a pretty painless method if all goes well the only thing you have to do schedule downtime if this box is in production, and grab the ASA IOS image from Cisco. For this post all have been covered let’s get started! Continue reading “Upgrade ASA IOS via ASDM”

Basic Cisco ASA Overview

The Cisco 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances are of course an excellent firewall but the ASA also offers (depending on the model) other security services as well, like IPS systems, VPN, content security, unified communications and remote access. These ASA’s can be used as a standalone appliance’ that can handle the need for branch offices to enterprise data centers. Or they can be included in high-performance blades that work together with the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series, and recently new they can also run in a virtual instance which provides tenant isolation for public and private clouds! For now let’s focus on the basics of the ASA like the ASDM. Continue reading “Basic Cisco ASA Overview”