VIRL Gets a Refresh! (Finally)

August 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm


Cisco’s own answer to GNS3 is finally getting an update with lots of improvements. Granted they had us spoiled before at the breakneck pace they were releasing updates.

VIRL PE 1.3 will be released on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Important changes in this release include:

  • Updated virtual machines:
    • IOSvL2, including many bug fixes, including fixes for ARP L2 MAC address learning and port channel issues
    • CSR1000v 16.5.1, including an increase in the bandwidth cap from 100kbps to 1mbps
    • IOS XRv 6.1.3
    • ASAv 9.7.1
    • NX-OSv 9000 7.0.3.I6.1, not bundled, but available for download and supported out-of-the-box
  • Infrastructure refreshed to Ubuntu 16.04, KVM/QEMU 2.5, and OpenStack Mitaka to ensure the ability of VIRL PE to run the latest router VMs.
  • Updated installation instructions and simpler single-interface installation options.
  • Bug fixes for the core VIRL PE components.

Important Notes:

  • Single user restriction will be enforced starting with VIRL PE 1.3. That is, with version 1.3 and newer, only a single project ‘guest’ with a single user ‘guest’ can be created and used at the same time.
  • VIRL PE 1.3 will require a fresh installation, either by deploying the OVA or — for bare metal systems — by installing the ISO image. If you are running VIRL 1.2.83 or earlier today, you cannot perform an in-place upgrade.
Pearson Education (Peachpit)


A New and Exciting Way to Master VMware 6.5

July 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm


Keith Barker has completed and released his amazing new course at CBT Nuggets for VMware 6.5. What is so new and exciting about this version? How about Hands on Labs that you can walk through to practice as many times as you like these complex technologies. These labs feature real gear and real software as you construct each element piece by piece.

This VMware training course with Keith Barker prepares learners to configure and maintain highly available and scalable virtual infrastructures using vSphere v6.5. With the use of hands-on virtual labs, you can practice while you watch as you learn about vCenter Server, high availability, fault tolerance, optimization, security, and much more.

The installation, management, administration, optimization, and scaling of a virtualized data center are pivotal concepts covered within this course that will prepare learners to take the vSphere Foundations and DCV exams.

Recommended Experience

Recommended Equipment

  • Computer with 16 GB of RAM (32GB preferred) and Intel VT or AMD-V support

Related Certifications

  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP6.5-DCV)

Related Job Functions

  • IT professionals
  • Server administrators
  • Virtual administrators
  • Storage administrators
  • Network administrators

Keith Barker has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2012 and holds a variety of networking and security certifications, including CCIE R&S, CCIE Security, (ISC)2 CISSP, Palo Alto CNSE, and VMware VCP6-DCV.
Pearson Education (InformIT)

Thinking About Giving Up on that Cert? READ THIS!

July 24, 2017 at 10:42 pm


Have you been working hard toward a certain certification and met with some exam failures already? Are you thinking about giving up?

Here are some tried and true techniques that should help you see it through:

  1. Practice your perseverance – sticking with it is actually a learned skill, so start practicing right away with many facets of your life. One great tip is attacking small parts of the exam outline and celebrating those small wins as they happen!
  2.  Work on your physical self – it is not a myth that the mind is aided tremendously by the body. You will find taking frequent breaks to work on your physical health will help tremendously.
  3. Achievements lead to achievements – similar to the tip given in number 1 above, be sure to start achieving smaller goals each day in your overall journey.
  4. Get inspired by others – think you have it rough? There is somewhere out there right now that has ten times your number of certifications, did it in less time, with a larger family, and little to no money. Investigate the stories of others with your desired cert and get inspired by their stories!
  5. Rant to a study group or two – there are online groups or even physical groups meeting all over the world about your certification area. Do not be afraid to blow off some steam in one or more of these groups.
  6. Visualize the end – there is nothing wrong with thinking about how great it will be to finally crush that exam.
  7. Tell everyone you know about what you are trying to do – this helps with the accountability approach. Others can help hold you accountable. When you think it – it is not nearly as real as when you schedule it and tell others!
  8. Get a reality check – be honest with yourself and your level of preparedness. I remember being in complete denial regarding my lack of knowledge in several CCIE areas. Sure enough, I would fail the practical based on these technologies (in part). Take a real honest look at how hard you are studying and where you are at in your journey!

I hope this helps some of my readers! As always, thanks for reading!