2022 Goals

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What are your goals for 2022? This year I’m a bit early with my planning but the early bird catches the JNCIE-ENT, right? πŸ˜‰ Looking forward to hearing about your goals for next year – let’s motivate each other!

The JNCIE-ENT will be my primary goal in 2022 – no doubt about it. I’m really looking forward to this one because the topics cover 99% of my day job (+1 for ditching Multicast and putting EVPN in instead) and therefore the training also has a huge impact on my job as well. As you all know the JNCIE-Certification is the highest one you can achieve for a specific Track (SEC, ENT, DC, SP, and Cloud) and the exam is extremely close to real-world scenarios if not spot on! The exam is (unlike many competitor exams at this level) not there to ask you scenarios that would never happen just for the sake of asking them – the JNCIE checks if you can do a daily job (from design to implementation) and being able to troubleshoot issues. You have 6 hours (I still miss the 8h exam…) to complete it in front of a proctor – that makes this exam so special – you can feel the pressure. But that also makes it fun. But the best thing is the way towards the JNCIE: Interacting with others, countless lab nights, reading a gazillion of books and whitepapers – I just love it πŸ™‚

The JNCIP-SP and JNCIP-Cloud are the remaining 2 professional certifications needed for me to get the “All-A, All-S, and All-P” status – meaning having ALL Associate, Specialist, and Professional certifications that Juniper currently has to offer πŸ™‚ I would bet any sum, that we will also see a JNCIP-MistAI (and possibly even a JNCIE-MistAI) at some point – but I guess not before 2023 so I guess I’m “safe”. If not, Marvis took over the planet and created the exams itself πŸ˜€

With the AATP I have full access to all Courses, making the learning of new Topics WAY easier because I can simply sit in a course with the topic of my interest and get training from the best proctors out there without having to worry about increasing additional cost. You can find more Infos here: https://learningportal.juniper.net/juniper/user_activity_info.aspx?id=ALL-ACCESS-TRAINING-PASS-HOME

But I’m curious: What are your 2022 goals? Any specific Tracks? Any new Technologies?
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter and share your goals with the world πŸ™‚

JNCIE-ENT Study Group 2021/2022

Are you a JNCIP-ENT and want to conquer the JNCIE-ENT in 2022?
Maybe you already purchased the Self-Study-Bundle or already booked your exam but have no one to learn / lab with? Or maybe (just like myself) the JNCIE-ENT already kicked you in the face once, and you seek “revenge”? πŸ˜‰

Search no more – Our time has finally come! πŸ˜€

My goal is to become a JNCIE-ENT in 2022 – and the best way to achieve this is to learn with others obviously. It’s WAAAAAY more fun and way more encouraging to learn with folks who share the same goal.
The Group is limited to 15 people, so be quick – this ensures that nobody gets lost on the way.
I’ve never done anything like this before so let’s do this together πŸ™‚

Timezone-wise, most of us are near the GMT and usually lab in the evening hours, so we do not disturb the family life (8 PM to 11 PM)

I’ve already set up a Collaboration-System to exchange files, chat and interact with others, so you don’t need to worry about that. If required, I can also provide Lab-Access to an EVE-NG Server or even some hardware (to Lab VC, for example) if you cannot access any Lab at all.

I’m looking for folks who also actively want to become JNCIE-ENT in 2022 – regardless if you already scheduled the exam or not. What counts is that you don’t just want to idle or just grab some dumps – this is not what I can offer you.

But I can offer you this:
The idea is not only to interact with others via chat or exchange lab files but to make live sessions with others, where we either do sessions ourselves (if one of us knows what he is doing…) or invite other experts to help us on our path to becoming JNCIE-ENT.
But of course, you don’t have to participate in a “live lab” if you don’t want to (especially if you don’t wear any pants since this is a remote session). We can also just exchange Labs, ask questions, and help each other this way because everybody has a strong point and a weak point (mine is CoS – I just HATE it and satan himself created it just to make me suffer…)

Sounds good? Wanna join the Group?
Drop me a Mail or a Twitter DM, and I will send you an invitation link – that’s it πŸ™‚
And don’t worry – we usually don’t bite πŸ˜‰

This is your (and my) chance! LET’S DO THIS!!!!!

After just 2 days, the group is full!!! WOW – you guys rock πŸ™‚

Slides from EVE-NG talk (19.10.2021)

As promised, I uploaded the slides for you all πŸ™‚
Thanks again for joining my talk – you guys are awesome!
Special thanks to Uldis for joining the Talk and help make the world a better (eve-ng) place πŸ™‚

As promised, there will be a 3-part-series in January covering the Installation of EVE-NG live.
That’s right – you will have to look at my face through a webcam like I’m some sort of animal πŸ˜‰
I purchased a new Server for this to show you live how to prepare a new (used) Server (DL360G7), install EVE, and upload images and stuff.
This session will be extremely interactive (almost like a live stream) and I hope you bring all your questions πŸ™‚

Juniper TechFest2021 (virtual)

This year, the TechFest from Juniper Networks is taking place online (hopefully for the last time because I REALLY miss live Events). There are SO many Courses to explore, and overall the content is excellent. Regardless if you want to polish your EVPN-skills, learn about SRv6 or spend time exploring the countless MIST Sessions – there’s a lot to discover this year, and it’s very interactive πŸ™‚ Make sure to check out the content. In a couple of days, I will also release some Blog-Articles about MIST and why I think it’s awesome πŸ˜‰

I’m having a great time online πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

Next EVE-NG talk

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Join me on my next talk about EVE-NG and Juniper (October 19, 9:00 AM CET).

This time I will talk about the Installation of EVE-NG, why you want bare over virtual, where to get the needed images from Juniper (vSRX, vQFX, vMX), and how to start building a lab.

It’s free: https://learningportal.juniper.net/juniper/user_activity_schedule_info.aspx?id=165238&activity=11495

You can also bring your questions because at the end there will be a Q&A Section for exactly that – I want to help you getting your Lab to the next level or starting with a small lab – the possibilities are endless.

Looking forward to a great event πŸ™‚ Sign up today and reserve your seat as there will be no recording πŸ™‚

EVE-NG 4.0.1-56 is out

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Folks – EVE-NG 4.0.1-56 is out.
This release brings a ton of improvements (the Team did an outstanding job again) and also introduces 2 new Juniper Templates: 128T and Apstra AOS πŸ™‚ You can now play with Junipers SD-WAN Solution (128T) or Deploy your very own EVPN-VXLAN Fabric in EVE (Apstra AOS). Make sure to update your Servers asap πŸ™‚

Another day – another “Certification”

I just got my newest “Certification” – and nope – it’s indeed a non-Juniper one πŸ˜€

Berechtigung nach Β§ 21 Absatz 5 Satz 1
Krankenhausstrukturfonds-Verordnung (KHSFV)

That one is needed if you want to work with the hospitality and medical sector when working with funds that can be accessed to help digitalize the hospitals / medical systems.

Much needed here in Germany as most of the systems are still, let’s say, “stoneage” or software-islands without any interoperability or defined standards – Germany is a bit slower when it comes to digitalization (after all, the Internet is new to us – germans get this joke).

The test validates your understanding of all parts of the funding and also basically verifies that you know, what you are doing from accessing funds, it-security, how the systems and parts need to be interoperable, and so on πŸ˜‰

EVE-NG 4.0.1-15-Cluster released – All the Lab Graphs in the world

ICYMI – EVE-NG just released the latest version of the EVE-Cluster (4.0.1-15). This version brings some more nice gadgets to play with: Traffic-Graphs πŸ™‚

4.0.1-15 brings graphs to your Lab environment

This is a convenient and interesting feature when dealing with all kinds of generated Traffic in and out of your Lab, between nodes, or between “helper-nodes” and your Lab. If you don’t want to fire up Wireshark to see if Traffic is really flowing, you can now easily use the graphs. This is currently a “Pro-Only” feature and another good reason to switch to EVE-NG Pro πŸ™‚ As you can see, the Team is constantly evolving the software more and more – and every time you think that this is the perfect release – the Team surprises us again πŸ™‚ As always – great Job / Tippin my Fedora πŸ˜‰