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Writing your own API, Part 1

November 21, 2016 | 2 minute read

In this series of posts I will cover how you can create your own API-like functionality for devices which do not have APIs built into them. Before I get started though, for those of you who don’t know what an API is, here’s Wikipedia’s description: “Just as a graphical user interface makes it easier for people to use programs, application progr...

Getting started with Ansible

November 20, 2016 | 2 minute read

In my previous post, Getting started with Network Automation, I discussed why I chose Ansible as my configuration management and orchestration tool over the other options. In this post I’m going to discuss the the hurdles I encountered after making this decision, and of course the solutions too. Which technique should I use? The internet is a...

Getting started with Network Automation

November 20, 2016 | 1 minute read

I’ve been looking into network automation for quite some time now. Originally I started off looking into automating small tasks by writing Python scripts but then moved onto configuration management and orchestration tools. While it might sound like a pretty straightforward path, it was actually quite an interesting  experience. In this post I’...

Building a NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab for free!

October 16, 2016 | less than 1 minute read

What better way to start the Zero to Hero Guide than learning how to build your own ONTAP lab for free? Thanks to Neil Anderson over at FlackBox, we can do just that! Neil has written a book which covers the entire end to end process. The book contains easy to follow step by step instructions, screenshots and diagrams to ensure that nothing get...

Subnetting Made Easy, Part 6

March 27, 2016 | 21 minute read

Note: As you will soon see I use tables (some might say excessively :P) in this post. I did this is because it closely resembles what a lot of network engineers do when they’re performing subnet calculations with a pen and paper. This is a very important skill to learn as you won’t always have access to a subnet calculator when you need one. I ...