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Notes from the April 2015 VIRL Webinar

April 28, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Hello everyone. Perhaps you did not have time to attend today, or perhaps you do not even have the time to watch the recording that will be released later in the week. Hey, I cannot blame you. Here are my notes so you know what was covered!

April Release Review

  • New Images – IOSv, IOSvL2, NX-OS, ASA
  • Autoconfig support for IOSvL2 and ASA
  • GraphML support
  • Integrated packet capture
  • Existing users – Full or Quick Upgrade
  • New users – a new OVA is now available

Demo of Quick Upgrade Process


  • Share VIRL topologies
  • Acquire sample topologies
  • Scripts
  • https://github.com/virl-open/
  • VM Maestro has built in support
  • Demo of using Git

Demo of VIRL in Action

  • Testing/verifications of designs
  • MPLS
  • Provisioning script testing

OpenDayLight Support

  • SDN platform

VIRL at Cisco Live in San Diego 2015

  • Many events happening in the Devnet Zone including a meetup



CCIE Security v4 Lab Training – Day 1

April 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Journal writing and note taking are key to my mastery of new subject matter. Here I will be sharing my note-taking as I master CCIE Security. I hope you enjoy the content (especially if you are also studying for CCIE Security) and perhaps it will inspire your note-taking efforts.

Videos: ACIT.in Class Video 1 – Basic ASA – record date 3/5/2015


  • There are sections of the lab exam that are independent – for example VPN, WSA
  • DO NOT REMOVE ANY INITIALS, MODIFY THEM – for example, existing access lists
  • In the first hour of the lab exam – be sure to verify access to all devices
  • Trust diagrams and the exam paper – DO NOT trust initial configs – intentionally introduced errors abound
  • ASAs do not do CDP or ISL
  • Remember, nameif is case sensitive, follow the exact case in the question
  • Reliability tracking:
sla monitor 1
sla monitor schedule 1 ...
track 10 rtr 1 reachability
route outside 0 0 track 10
  • Subinterface config:
int gi0/0
no shut
int gi0/0.220
vlan 220
ip address ...
nameif ... 
security-level ...
  • 8.2 vs 8.6 – 8.6 does NAT first then access-list, so addresses referenced are private

Practice Labs:

  • Task 1: VLANs and IP Addressing
  • Task 2: Configuring RIPv2
  • Task 3: Configuring OSPF
  • Task 4: EIGRP
  • Task 5: Advanced Routing


Layer 2 and the ASAv Arrive in Cisco VIRL!

April 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm

The Cisco VIRL team has announced the much anticipated April upgrade yesterday (4/21/2015) that includes a true Layer 2 IOS and the ASAv functionality.

Remember, the Layer 2 IOS will count against the 15 device limit, so if you want other switches in the topology that you are not needing to configure, use the Unmanaged Switch option there.

There is a Quick and Full upgrade option available for those of running VIRL currently. For those of you needing a complete OVA install, the OVA will be made available soon.

Here is the complete information:


Here is a list of the latest images in this product:

NEW IOSv – 15.5(2)T image

NEW IOSvL2 – 15.2.411 DSGS image

IOSXRv – 5.3.0 CCO image

CSR1000v – 3.14 XE-based image

NEW NX-OSv 7.2.0 (ZD 120)

NEW ASA1000v 9.3.2

NEW Ubuntu 14.4.2 Cloud-init

I look forward to creating many videos for you on this new version here at ajsnetworking.com.


IOS XE for the CCIE R&S v5 Written

April 21, 2015 at 3:40 pm

For many students, the toughest part of the written exams for CCIE are the topics that are not covered in the lab portion. Perhaps motivation (or a lack thereof) might have something to do with it. Students realize they are ONLY studying the topic for the written and do not approach it with the same passion as the lab exam topics. Do not fall into this trap! Here is one for you to master that is written only for the CCIE R&S version 5. It is IOS XE. Make flash cards from this video and scratch this topic off your list!


VRF Lite

April 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Enjoy this training video from CBT Nuggets that introduces you to VRF Lite.


What is Your CCIE R&S Practice Rack?

April 15, 2015 at 3:08 am

I am really looking forward to the Layer 2 IOS and ASAv coming to Cisco VIRL Personal Edition this month (April 2015). This will permit me to lab up scenarios for my students of R&S that include switching and also to have great practice with many Security technologies at the same time.


I would love to hear from those of you on the CCIE R&S track regarding your practice rack currently…are you doing GNS3 with IOU, rack rentals, your own rack in the basement, Cisco Learning Network Store?

Let me know in the comments below and be as specific. You might also share any negatives or positives with your practice equipment approach. This will benefit many of our readers I believe…

Make CCIE Prep a Habit!

April 13, 2015 at 1:17 am

One pushup a day – that is how Stephen Guise got himself into shape. Soon enough, that one pushup became many, then all of a sudden he was at the gym and taking on a full workout regimen.

Stephen Guise started “stupid small” as he puts it, in his new book “Mini Habits”.

Here in this post, I will go through some of his tips for you, while slanting things toward our mutual goal of CCIE.

  • Imagine – determine where habits can improve your life and happiness. Of course, for us that is easy. We are so excited for the CCIE and we realize that making prep for it a habit can make a big difference.
  • Solidify – take your big vision of achieving the CCIE and break it up into achievable targets. Habits help you jump from vague to hop-to-it.
  • Train your brain – habits work because they form neural pathways associated with the behavior.
  • Be patient – there is no set rule for how long it takes something to become a habit – it can vary from 18 days to 254 days.
  • Slice and dice – set up mini-goals for something huge like achieving your CCIE.
  • Inch up – if you are struggling with a task, break ip up into even smaller parts. This reminds me of taking something like the L3 MPLS VPN and breaking it up into much smaller pieces as we study, like how about just the MPLS part itself in the cloud first.
  • Leap routinely – string several of your small actions together and now you have a powerful routine. For many students, this might mean, practice questions, reading, then a video viewing, then some lab practice. Every wonder why a CBT Nugget is about 10 minutes long? 🙂
  • Start big – to be more productive all day, jump start it with some really important studying in the first 20 minutes or so…of course, just make sure you are actually awake!
  • Keep it simple – don’t try and add too many new routines to your life too quickly.
  • Map it out – be sure to track your progress as we have stressed here at our coaching site.

I hope this post has been informative for you, and I would like to thank you for reading!