Monthly Archives: August 2016

CVD’s – Cisco Validated Design Guides

If you ever need some help in designing a network, wondering what’s the best practices for security or wireless, then Cisco has some very helpful information for you! Over the years, Cisco has put together a bunch of official network designs that you can review and use to assist with your own network design challenges. Cisco calls them CVD’s…or, Cisco Validated Designs. When they first started out, the designs were very technical and written in a bit of a bland manner (written by CCIE’s no doubt). Now, however, they are very colorful, lots of visuals and slick copy art, but…they are still technical and very helpful!!  (I would imagine they are still written by a bunch of CCIE’s, but then filtered through a design/publishing group of some sort.)

Take a look at this link:  Cisco Validated Designs

I’m in the process of reviewing and upgrading my core VTI/DMVPN infrastructure, and I’m reading through the CVD “Intelligent WAN Technology Design Guide”….

Cover pae for the CVD iWAN guide

Cover page for the CVD iWAN guide

This design guide is NOT light reading…it’s 287 pages of very technical information and sample configurations…VERY cool. It’s going to take me several days to digest this thing…but already it has answered several questions that I’ve been wondering about.

When you’re viewing the CVD webpage, scroll down near the bottom to the “Design guides by category”…as you can see, there are a ton of options which should cover just about anything you are interested in.


CRON, CRONTAB, and Cobwebs

I found myself today working on my main SYSLOG server, which runs Linux (CentOS to be exact). I needed to change some startup scripts and update my CRONTAB entries. Note…CRONTAB is the process which will automatically run commands and scripts whenever you want it to…it can handle a lot of work when you are not around.

However, it has been a long time since I last worked with CRON and CRONTAB, and I needed to clear out some old cobwebs in the brain and refresh my memory on how all of this worked. I found a really good webpage that had some great explanations and examples for CRON and CRONTAB, and I was able to quickly get my changes completed and tested.

Check it out when you have a chance:

And remember, if you need to test your SYSLOG server, check out SYSLOGGEN.