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How Well are You REALLY Listening?

February 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm

More times than I want to admit it – I don’t listen to others all that well. Hey – after all – I am paid to TALK – not always to listen.

In the 7 Habits of Kick Ass people (I think the actual title might be Highly Effective People or something like that) – we learn there are different levels of listening. I am really going to work on empathic listening from now!

  • Ignoring – here we are not listening at all – it was I do when I hear a Kayne West song 😉
  • Pretending – I am guilty of this with my wife sometimes
  • Selective listening – we are only hearing what we want to really
  • Attentive listening (active) – we are paying attention and focusing energy on the process
  • Empathic listening  – the highest level we can achieve!




Notes from the VIRL Personal Edition Webinar Sess 1

February 18, 2015 at 5:44 pm


Hello everyone – I attended and took notes for you on the first Webinar from our friends at VIRL.

  • 1 hour VIRL Webinars will occur monthly – look for me as a guest speaker in the next one – yippee!
  • Recordings of the Webinars will be posted on the VIRL YouTube channel
  • Slides can be downloaded from the Community Support area of virl.cisco.com
  • A major update to VIRL will be here in days from this post – this update will include some cool new features.
  • Layer 2 IOS is probably about a month away
  • The ASAv is coming to VIRL – no date hinted at yet
  • The Webinar hit the following topics:
    • What is VIRL
    • What VMs are included today
    • The VIRL Architecture
    • Products that are based on VIRL
      • Personal Edition
      • CML
      • /dev/innovate
    • A step by step on Server VM Internet access
    • Connecting VIRL to real gear
    • VM Maestro Power User Tips
    • Guest Speaker Anthony Burke on how he uses VIRL – his blog is at networkinferno.net
    • A sneak peek of new features
      • Live visualization maps
      • 3D visualization maps
      • L2 IOS Switching

If you have any questions for me – please post them in the comments below!

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Amazing New Things Coming Fast From CBT Nuggets

February 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Check out our new Web site today! The new Browse and Search functionality is amazing – playlists and content and tracking are easier to use than ever.

New apps that follow this design are on the way.

And new courses too of course – from Palo Alto to EMC – Watch, Learn, and Conquer!

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WiFi Speeds Starting To Scream

February 7, 2015 at 5:12 pm

wifi-icon-1004152910802.11ac devices that we saw in 2014 were pre-standard for the most part. 2015 features Wave 2 devices that should provide even better performance.

What is next for the rapidly evolving world of WiFi? 802.11ax will be here soon to provide speeds initially thought impossible. We should see devices in 2016, with the official ratification coming in about 2019.

How does 802.11ac work its magic? For starters, it operates in the far less crowded 5 GHZ band. This means we experience far less interference. The new Wave 2 devices feature MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple-input/multiple-output) technology permitting multiple spatial streams to multiple clients simultaneously.

Enjoy your unplugged experience!

Layer 2 in Cisco VIRL Being Shown Off in Cisco Live Milan!

January 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm


I was so thrilled to learn that the Cisco VIRL team is showing off their prototype of IOSvL2 in Cisco Live Milan. While I assumed that Layer 2 capabilities for IOS were indeed coming to the Cisco VIRL product, we all know how dangerous it is to assume things.

The VIRL team is still unwilling to provide a date for the release into our emulators, they are only willing to say “soon”. This is still great news obviously, Follow my blog here and you will be the very first to know. The day it releases, I will of course release training on it here at CBT Nuggets.com. This training will include tips and tricks for VIRL that were not included in my original VIRL course, and it will also feature guidance on using VIRL for CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE R&S, as well as some non-R&S tracks as well.

Happy emulating!