Sunday, September 22, 2013

RIP Distribute-lists and the Extended ACL

Here’s a neat trick that’s an easy one to screw up or forget the syntax on.  In RIP (and EIGRP as well I believe) you can use an extended access-list to filter out specific routes advertised by specific neighbours.  This is done using the source and destination fields of the extended ACL to specify source of the routing update, and the route(s) you want to filter respectively.

Example after the jump.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Meraki MR12 Initial Setup and First Thoughts

I managed to get myself a Meraki MR12 access point after attending one of their webinars simply because I am an IT professional.  For free.  Pretty good deal eh?

Since I have a blog I thought I'd post up some thoughts on the MR12, and Meraki in general.  In the interests of full disclosure I do work for a Meraki partner, though to date I'm not aware of any deals we've completed.  And of course, they gave me this AP for attending their webinar. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Help Please: PPP Multilink

I'm going to try something a little different for this post.  Usually I take something that I've been labbing that I find interesting, or challenging, and document it for memory retention and your reading enjoyment.  This time I've got a config-let for PPP Multilink that I found quite by accident that I don't know is "right" or not.  It works, so that would mean it's right enough, but I'm hoping that someone out there can point me at some supporting documentation that can clarify what the difference is between this method and what I'll call the more traditional method, and why you would use one over the other.

Monday, September 2, 2013

VTP Transparent Mode Relay Caveat

As I get my fingers back in shape for the Lab I figured a little VTP practice tonight was in order.  VTP is fairly straightforward, so I wasn't expecting anything unusual when I started in on a little bit of config with a transparent VTP switch...

I've previously run under the assumption that a VTP transparent switch will relay VTP frames as long as it is in the same domain as the VTP frame it receives.  If there's a mismatch then the frame is discarded.  Well, this is still true, but there's a third scenario that I hadn't ever really considered before: the domain is set to NULL.