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How-to : Riverbed Service Platform (RSP) installation on Riverbed Steelhead 250H

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Previous article about Riverbed covered RiOS upgrade process. In this post I will show how to install Riverbed Service Platform (RSP).

First let’s see how to get RSP image and what is RSP and how this can be used.

RSP can be downloaded from Riverbed Support page (https://support.riverbed.com/software/rsp.htm), where appropriate version for particular RiOS and Steelhead model can be downloaded.

Best source of detailed description will be RSP User’s Guide, so I did use it as source of information.

RSP offers branch-office-in-a-box services with the following benefits:

  • A VMware-based virtualization platform that provides the benefits of the most commonly deployed and advanced virtualization tool set
  • Support for running up to five different additional services simultaneously on a single Steelhead appliance, depending on the service and Steelhead appliance model
  • Support for more services and types of services, including in-band packages located in-line with optimization such as the Universal Threat Management (UTM) security services, proxy solutions such as video or network monitoring services, and improved support for out-of-band packages  such as Windows Active Directory, DNS and DHCP management software, and print services.
  • A comprehensive, integrated user interface that provides granular control of RSP, including setup, reporting, and the definition of the data flow between services

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Tips & Tricks : ShoreTel ShoreGear console settings

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When you need to connect to ShoreTel ShoreGear via console cable (MAINT port on devices) set PuTTY Serial Line setting as follows:

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How-to : RiOS upgrade on Riverbed Steelhead 250H

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When I got Riverbed Stellhead 250H for Lab environment, first thing I checked was version of RiOS on device. It turns out that device was outdated and had RiOS 5.5.6, while current version is 7.0.3.

Next thing I did was jump on Riverbed Support web page to identify how to upgrade my test Riverbed, as there is always certain path of RiOS versions you have to go through to get to recent one.

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How-to : Adding SNMP to Windows Server 2008 R2

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As a part of preparation for monitoring our WIndows Server 2008 R2 using SNMP and Nagios we had to add SNMP Services to few systems which didn’t have it yet. So, based on that fact I thought it might be nice to capture all steps involved in adding SNMP to Windows Server machine. Here you can see steps, screenshots and short description how to achieve that.

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How-to : L2L IPsec VPN between Cisco ISR 2811 and DrayTek Vigor 2850n

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Whole idea for that article came from real environment. At home I have DrayTek Vigor 2850n as my broadband router (and in fact it is really nice piece of equipment). Same time I’m using some Cisco equipment located in remote Lab for testing purposes. Remote Lab is connected to Intrenet and before to get access to devices and systems located there I was using EzVPN. However, as Lab has Cisco ISR as main router I thought, why not to establish L2L IPsec between my home network and remote Lab. Now, question how to do that. I have DrayTek on one end and Cisco ISR on the other. After few attempts, mis-configurations and troubleshooting it did work quite well in fact. So, here it is.

Here is what needs to be achieved:

Equipment available:

  • Cisco ISR 2811 – on the left side of the diagram – internal network 10.255.0.0/24
  • DrayTek Vigor 2850n – on the right side of the diagram – internal network 10.130.1.0/24

Goal:

  • Establish IPsec VPN Tunnel between Cisco and DrayTek to make communication available between 10.255.0.0/24 and 10.130.1.0/24.

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Apps : Get-Console : When iPad meets Cisco

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Despite all reservations to iPad as a device which might be useful in day-to-day IT Pro activities (was thinking about it more as a toy than tool) I found it really handy after some time. One of main reasons I found iPad cool IT tool was ability to connect to Cisco console port and configure Cisco devices.

Yes, it is possible to have Cisco console cable which connect to iPad and application which allows to configure Cisco via Console from iPad 🙂

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