Cisco CCIE R&S – VACLs and PACLs

July 15, 2017 at 8:48 am

Enjoy this Nugget from the CCIE R&S v5 Infrastructure Security course at CBT Nuggets!

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Juniper JNCIS-ENT (JN0-343) Static, Aggregated, and Generated Routes

July 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Here is your FREE Nugget of the day! Enjoy this look into the world of Juniper networking! Here we look at Static, Aggregated, and Generated Routes! Keep in mind this is one course of many dedicated to Juniper Networking at CBT Nuggets. You can find them here: CLICK HERE.

What is AWS?

June 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm


I am taking careful notes on the incredible AWS course at CBT Nuggets for AWS Technical Essentials. Enjoy the notes for this first Nugget in the course – What is AWS?

  • “The Cloud” – specifically the public cloud
  • CBT Nuggets, GMAIL, DropBox are all valid examples of common cloud usage today
  • Access everywhere
  • SaaS (Software as a Service)
  • Pool of resources; multi-tenant; rapid provisioning; on-demand (as-a-service); like a utility bill; scalability; elasticity
  • Cost effective; easy to “on-ramp”
  • Hybrid – part of your usage is in the public cloud while part of it is in your private cloud
  • 1995 –; 2006 – AWS; 2009 – RDS; 2011 – Elastic Beanstalk; 2016 – Lambda
  • Regulations compliance is also available in AWS

The Quiz Questions – Be sure to post your answers in the comments below:

  • Rapid provisioning allows you to very quickly spin up a new virtual machine with minimal effort. True or false?
  • As Ben describes it, a hybrid setup is one in which part of your resources are in AWS, and the rest are with another cloud provider. True or false?
  • In what year did Amazon release Amazon Web Services?
    • a) 1995
    • b) 2006
    • c) 2016
    • d) 2008


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Create and Manage Group Policy Objects (GPOs) Part 1 of 2

May 30, 2017 at 10:34 pm


GPOs Overview

Group Policy Objects (GPOs) are one of the most powerful components in a Windows Server 2016-based environment. Thanks to GPOs, you can easily manage:

  • Windows settings
  • Application settings
  • Software deployment
  • Folder redirection (user Home folders)
  • Security settings
  • Infrastructure settings such as wireless and networking

Local GPOs

While most environments leverage the power of Active Directory (AD) and assign GPOs through the AD infrastructure, you can use local GPOs to control computers and users that are not part of an AD. Keep in mind that if you apply local GPOs to a system that is part of an AD, the AD-based GPO settings will override the local settings.

There are multiple local GPOs you can use, including:

  • Local Group Policy – this is the “classic” local Group Policy Object that contains a user and computer node with setting for each
  • Administrators and Non-Administrators Local Group Policy – this GPO allows you to control local admins versus non admins; it only has a user node as you would expect
  • User Specific Local Group Policy – these GPOs allow you to configure user-specific settings

NOTE: If you apply all of these to a local system, the priority order is as listed. For example, a user-specific setting would override a local group policy setting.

To create these local GPOs, simply log in as a local administrator and use the mmc.exe syntax in the run menu. Add a Snap In for the Group Policy Object Editor and then Browse for the local computer or users options to create the above local GPO editors.

Linking AD GPOs

When we use GPOs in the Active Directory environment, we link them to specific AD objects in order to set their scope. These objects include:

  • Sites
  • Domains
  • Organizational Units (OUs)

You can link GPOs to these AD objects using GUI tools as well as PowerShell.

Manage Starter GPOs

It is possible to create a template that contains the most common settings for your enterprise and then use this GPO as a template for customize it for certain areas. This is called a Starter GPO. There is a Starter Node in the Group Policy Management console you can use for this purpose.

My Next Book! Mastering the CCIE Evolving Technologies Section

April 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm

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