…..And we’re back again!

Doesn’t it feel good to be back online? Up and running!?

man running on black asphalt road

     Ok maybe not running, I’m not too athletic.
Technically….people would classify me as a couch potato. Hiding behind my computer, creating packet tracers for your enjoyment!

Speaking of packet tracers! I’ve got another one for you! Wanna see it? Well here it is! In all it’s glory! Click here to download Packet tracer Activity!



This time it’s ACCESS CONTROL LISTS with PORT SECURITY!(Switches) I also threw in there some lightly fried fish fillets.

Just kidding, I threw in some Eigrp! HA!


     AGAIN, the configurations are easy. Nothing too robust. I keep everything at a basic level for those of you looking to obtain your CCENT/CCNA R&S.

     In the coming weeks I will be getting a bit more involved and moving slightly to more “Medium” level lab’s. Some of the labs will look familiar to you, and they WILL be! Most will be the same configurations/set up as the previous labs BUT with a twist. TROUBLESHOOTING techniques! MUWaaHAaHahhAhahaaaa

In order to be able to complete this lab, you’re going to need to know about:

Introduction to Access Lists
Configuring an ACL on a Cisco switch
Standard Access List (ACL) for the Cisco CCNA – Part 1

Routing & Switching, VLAN, EIGRP, IPv4, DHCP 
Learn EIGRP for the Cisco CCNA – Part 1 Lab – Configuring Basic EIGRP for IPv4

Cisco Switch Port Security Packet Tracer Demonstration – Part 1
How to Configure Port Security on a Cisco Switch


BASIC CONFIGURATIONS Lab – Configuring Basic Router Settings with IOS CLI 

It would also help to know the difference between VLANS and ACLS.
What is a VLAN?
VLAN vs ACL in CISCO routing


Good luck and have fun!

USER EXEC password is “ENTER”
Privileged Exec password is “OPEN”
VTY 0 4 password is “SEZME”

Please don’t cheat. Try and complete this on your own. If you must or are totally confused……Click here for the full already completed configuration.

Are you ready to eat that Elephant! ARE YOU HUNGRY!?

If you haven’t already, take a look at the previous blog.

~How do you eat an Elephant~

Let’s eat!



This Lab is not difficult if you know basic Vlans, DHCP, and OSPF.
No hard confusing configurations. Just plain, regular …….stuff.
 It can become overwhelming if you don’t have the basics down.


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How do you eat an Elephant!?

The Blog……

Stay tuned for the “LAB”

~Coming up next!~

      When I was in school I had this math teacher that was teaching us, well…………math. Every so often the whole class would get frazzled and not understand what the fah-knob he was talking about. Panic set in, oh no. Gotta keep my grades up,  what’s he saying? What page are we on? Who am I? !!!!!!!close up of text


      He starts banging on the chalk board and we all are “dear in the head lights” looking at him. Startled and confused, like a bunch of idiots. (Which we were.)

      “Ok class, calm down. It’s not that difficult!” He starts shouting a bit. Let’s go over it again. (and then 20 more times if needed, right?) I started mocking him in my head. 
Little did I know he was about to ask one of the most “dumbesteded” questions that had NOTHING to do with math! Seriously,  how did he get this job again!

      “How do you eat an Elephant?”  In the middle of math class he wants to talk about food? We all murmur a bit and giggle. 

      He asks again, “How do you eat an elephant!?” That was the assignment for the night. He wanted us to bring in a 3 paged essay describing how we would do that. Ok, easy. I’ll get an “A”.

sand dust wildlife elephant Class was dismissed early.  Great now, he’s trying to teach “fillosofy”…..(as if I was super smart and edmujacated)      Next day, we turn in our comical papers about how we would eat that huge beast. I can’t remember exactly what “I” said in my paper. It was probably something along the lines of cooking and seasoning.      He showed up in an apron with a chefs hate. Some carving utensils and plates.  A culinary show now?   


      Out of nowhere he pulls out a shredding machine! 

………Aaaannnd what do you think he starts doing?

    Yep, he starts shredding our papers in front of us. One by one, piece by piece. Little by little. Wait! STOP! What’s gonna happen to my “A”!?

     He might have been the math teacher but, he educated us in some quick philosophy in patience and endurance. Frustration even. (I worked hard on that Elephant recipe!)

      He asked again,  “How do you eat an Elephant?” The answer was simple. Little by little, bit by bit, slowly……….with time you will consume that beast. With time you will understand these math equations. They might be frustrating and confusing but, it’s all just simple math. Take them slowly and work at them a bit at a time. Enlist others to join in the feast with you and everyone eats.

      Networking, configurations, and engineering can be very tedious work. If you don’t have a full enough understanding of what it is you are doing or what needs to be done, or at least just some basic ideas, you’re not going to be able to eat that elephant with out some help. 

      It’s easy to get angry, frustrated with ideas and topics. But, once you start breaking the beast down, in time you will consume all of it.

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Sneakpeek …………..Ok so that’s a mini-sneak peek! MUWaajajajAAJAAAA

Achieving Your Dream: How to Take the First Step

      Do you have a dream deep in your heart that you want to pursue? If you do, have you taken the first step necessary to achieve it? Taking the first step is perhaps the most difficult thing to do in achieving a dream. There are a lot of mental obstacles that make it difficult to take that first step.


How to Eat an Elephant by  

      Since so many people were in the same boat, I appreciated the reminder that eating an elephant can only be done one way: one bite at a time. Trying to gulp it down in one sitting is asking for severe indigestion

Stalking Confessions ………..

Stalker on the prowl!

     I admit, I’m a stalker and I’ve been caught. I’m getting better at it too.

     Favorite hobbies of mine are following you around, riding on your tail coats, lurking from beyond the shadows of the super market. Yes, that’s me.

     You’ve probably noticed me a few times, glancing at you………. as I turn my head towards yours. I’m secretly smiling at you. 

     What is it that you are doing I wonder? Yes, I am secretly monitoring you. To avoid your suspicions, I look elsewhere. Watching YOU! I lay out little tracking devices, warning bells, to alert me when you make a move. I have backups as well, others that are just like me. I am ssssoooo interested in you that I call them over to help me observe you in detail. I want to know everything. Me and my armada will surround you………

Feeling uncomfortable?

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Part 2 “Intruder Alert!”

ospf2     We did a lot of work yesterday trying to fix the network. The Information Security Specialist at the county sheriff’s office informed us that the intruders got into the network by “TELNET”

 Unfortunately, our previous network engineer didn’t use SSH also known as (secure shell) and we have been open to the internet for some time! I guess it was only a matter of time until someone infiltrated us? As network engineers, make sure you LOCK IT DOWN with passwords, logins, and encryptions. Another way to help secure your networks are by using firewalls, ACL’s, restrict ports, and physical connections.

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Lab – Configuring OSPF PART 1


    Oh no! It seems as if some one has destroyed our network! Our previous Network Engineer wasn’t too experienced and forgot to set some passwords and secure the networks from intruders!

    Not only did they mess with our configurations they rearranged some of the wires! Now we don’t know what goes where! They also stole a hub and I believe they have my stapler!

    All is not lost, I found the field operations manual (FOM) and back up logs from our previous Network Engineer that kept diligent details of the Logical Topology and IP Address Schemes!!ospf

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Static Routing & Trouble Shooting. {LAB}

Static routes are an easy way to connect a few nodes together!

How ever, it can become extremely tedious work if your network grows into a larger enterprise!

Wanna play?

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