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Building a Terminal Server

This build came about during my CCNA security studies. Having a total of 10 devices to configure, moving the console cable to each device was time consuming. The terminal server is a great tool for home labs and allows me

Posted in Skill Development

CCNA Security Home Lab

The CCNA SECURITY lab has most of its hardware roots from the routing and switching (R&S) track. You need one more piece of hardware if you already have 3 routers and 3 switches. Here is my input on finding the

Posted in Certification, Skill Development

CCNA Security Prep

So after looking at the CCNP SWITCH, I figured I would look at the certification I am studying for: CCNA Security. It is known that this exam is a bit tougher than in the past.  Knowing this, I am focusing

Posted in Certification


While preparing for this weekend’s CCNP study group session, I reviewed the CCNP switch exam blueprint and the official lab book. I noticed a major gap in covered exam objectives in the lab book.  Having passed the CCNP SWITCH exam,

Posted in Certification

The ASA is here!

It took some time to find one, but I have got a Cisco ASA5505! This ASA comes with the Security License.  Now I can start working on my CCNA security firewall labs!

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The end of an era…

The count down to the end of the Cisco ASA 5505 has begun. Announced in late February, the baseline security device will be retired in 2022. So if you are studying for the CCNA Security, get your ASA now! I

Posted in Cisco Rants


The planning and configuration of Network Address Translation/Port Address Translation is similar for security device as a router. Define your internal IP address space to translate. This will help with choosing the right network translation scheme for your application. You

Posted in Certification, Skill Development, Uncategorized

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