Sunday, December 10, 2017

This Week in the Lab

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We moved, I was completely burned out from that, then this, then that, then the other and its already December. So it's time go get my butt back in gear. I'm under 2 years now to finish up the CCNP Security, or I get to retake the SENSS.

We made a little profit on the house and allowed ourselves a little bit of fun money out of it. Rather than blow it all on something stupid, I decided to make a little investment in my future and bought a couple of new items for the lab. I picked up a 5506-x firewall and a 2504 WLC.  Here they are in all their glory on my basement desk, along with the desk's 2940 switch and a 1242 access point I picked up out of the recycling pile a few years ago.

In the last few days, I've been pounding away at the WLC, trying to learn the basics.  One big lesson right away was the AP's MIC, which was expired on the first of the 1242's I tried (I grabbed 2 of them).  I spent a coupe of days reading blog posts and Cisco PDFs trying to figure out some way to get the thing working, but eventually threw in the towel.  I tossed all my old APs back on the shelf and figured I may as well buy a 3602i like all the cool kids who's blogs I read have.  But for the heck of it I tried the other 1242 and it worked.  Since I don't envision myself needing a second AP for any exam in the Security track, I'll ride out this AP until I come up against missing features.

I've already made my first pass through the SISAS Certification Guide and AAA Identity Management Security before life slowed down my studies, so I'm starting my second pass on them, and I'll be watching videos from Labminutes. I'm also going to go through Controller-Based Wireless LAN Fundamentals. And of course, following along on my new WLC, and my old ISE server.

Happy labbing.


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