Thursday, January 9, 2020

White Rhino Security VPN Solution

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Palo Alto: How To Determine What Ports Are 10 Gig Ports On Palo Alto PA-850 Series

What ports are 10Gig on the Palos?  Good question.  You cant tell by just looking at them, so you either know what they are or you do what I do.  Go into CLI and run the following command:

PA850-1(active)> show system state | match capability

cfg.capability.dfa.sw: 0x0
cfg.capability.regex.sw: 0x0
peer.cfg.capability.dfa.sw: 0x0
peer.cfg.capability.regex.sw: 0x0
sys.s1.ha1.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p1.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p10.capability: [ auto, 10Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p11.capability: [ auto, 10Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p12.capability: [ auto, 10Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p2.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p3.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p4.capability: [ auto, 10Mb/s-half, 10Mb/s-full, 100Mb/s-half, 100Mb/s-full, 1Gb/s-half, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p5.capability: [ auto, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p6.capability: [ auto, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p7.capability: [ auto, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p8.capability: [ auto, 1Gb/s-full, ]
sys.s1.p9.capability: [ auto, 10Gb/s-full, ]

It looks like ports 9 - 12 are my 10Gig ports on the PA-850.

Monday, January 6, 2020

More Palo Alto HA Cluster Installs

Palo Alto has a great firewall solution. It's one of two firewall vendors that I highly recommend to companies.

Sunday, January 5, 2020


After doing some work on some firewalls Saturday, my wife and I decided to get out for a bit and take a ride through the woods. It's nice to take some time outdoors. Below was actually taking a shortcut from a bridge that was out.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020


It's hard to believe it's already 2020. I remember the New Year's Eve of 1999 when we were sitting in our living room wondering if the power was going to go off when it turned over to the year 2000. Remember that software bug? Remember the scramble to get everything patched?
I hope 2020 is a good year for you and yours.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Year's Eve

Today we got out with some family and visited a couple of really cool places here in the panhandle. This is the tallest waterfall in Florida.

Thursday, December 26, 2019


I hope everyone had a great Christmas this year.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

A fresh install of a Cisco Subscriber (secondary server of a phone system) to start the day and a nice bike ride with my wife after lunch till dark. I hope today was a good Thanksgiving day for all of you.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Quote Of The Day: Charlotte Delbo

You need to understand who this quote below is from. It's from a Holocaust survivor out of Auschwitz named Charlotte Delbo.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Home Projects: Hanging Pictures

I know this sounds corny, putting up a post about hanging pictures. But there is a skill behind this. To get these pictures lined up just right, I've noticed that different people have different methods of doing this. Mine happens to be a tape measure. I literally measure where I think every nail should go. Then I nail it up (two for each picture). I hang the picture and then check it with a level, but across the top and down the side. Works for me.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Home Projects: Kitchen Shelves

Here where I live, you seem to have to do a lot of things yourself. Now, I don't mind that.
However, we did have this one contractor that had put up some shelves in the kitchen. They looked nice, but the kitchen wall did not. So we took those shelves down and tiled the wall.

So now, I want the kitchen shelves back up. You see above that I had to take them down to get the tile in place. The wall looks good, but needs the shelves back up. So I asked the contractor if he would put them back up for me, since he knew how to anchor them properly. These are big, thick pieces of wood and are very heavy. Here is how that conversation went (me in black, contractor in white):

I probably shouldn't have texted him at 1:19am, but I wanted him to know that I knew better than to believe him. 
So I'll put the more up and will call it done. By the way, I didn't "screw through the tile". That would be ridiculous. I drilled a hole with a diamond tip bit and ran the screw through that hole. How did I know where the hole would go on the tile? Toothpaste. 

Finished product (minus some cleaning up).

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

NAT On A Cisco Router

I had a situation come up where I needed to NAT traffic that was being routed through a Cisco router. It was a quick fix to a greater problem, but it works. Below is the config to do this:
config t
ip nat pool ToAWS
access-list 100 permit ip
ip nat inside source list 100 pool ToAWS
interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0
ip nat inside
interface GigabitEthernet0/0/2
ip nat outside
wr mem

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sunday Thoughts: Isaiah 46

This got my attention today.  Isaiah 46.
What's interesting about this chapter, is that God does answer, as opposed to all others who do not.