Saturday, March 25, 2017


I know the blog has been a little slow lately. I'm in process of studying for a series of certifications. Sometimes, as times change, so does the need for different certs. I'll post more when I can. In the meantime, if you have any recommendations for my company site (, I'd be glad to hear your ideas. I'm good at networks and security, but not so much on website building.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Your Personal Info That You Have At The Company

I've been posting on Linkedin things to consider when it comes to security. If you have an accounting department, you need a security vulnerability assessment done and mitigation to completion to keep your company information safe. There are a lot of IT staff that believe they just don't need an assessment done. My question to you: "When you hired in to the company, did you give them your social security number?" Did you give them any other information you don't want a hacker/criminal to have? If you did (and you did to be employed there), you want that data protected. This should be the minimum question to ask yourself for you to realize you need an assessment and mitigation done. You wouldn't just hand over your drivers license or birth certificate over to someone you didn't know, would you? Well, you did at least one of those things when you hired in to the company. And I'm sure you want the company to be responsible with your data. Visit my company web site at and reach out to me there or from this blog.
~~ Shane

Friday, March 17, 2017

Cisco Switch: How To Determine The SSH Version

I was asked today how to determine what version of SSH you are running on your Cisco switching gear.  Two ways below.

cisco.stack#sh ssh
Connection Version Mode Encryption  Hmac         State                 Username
0          2.0     IN   aes256-cbc  hmac-sha1    Session started       shane
0          2.0     OUT  aes256-cbc  hmac-sha1    Session started       shane
%No SSHv1 server connections running.

cisco.stack#sh ip ssh
SSH Enabled - version 1.99
Authentication timeout: 60 secs; Authentication retries: 2
Minimum expected Diffie Hellman key size : 1024 bits
IOS Keys in SECSH format(ssh-rsa, base64 encoded):
ssh-rsa {key}

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thank You Pelham, AL PD

Ran out of gas tonight. No big deal, except my wife was with me, which is a big deal on a cold night like it is. Pelham police officer came through and took me to get gas with his gas can. He brought me back, and waited until to we got our vehicle cranked up. Thank you officer, for your help.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Connection Problems?

I came across this blue patch cable and thought someone might have an issue...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Movie

I would personally recommend seeing the movie "The Shack".

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Sure Sign Of A Duplicate IP Address

Just a quick post, I got these results below.  Why?  In my case, it was a duplicate IP address.  A pain to find, but this should give you a sign that if you see this, you may be facing tracking down two IPs that are the same.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Quote For The Day: 47

You were made for a purpose. There is a plan for you in the mind and heart of the Creator. What comes to mind is: Ask, and you shall receive. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it will be opened to you. Interestingly, if you take the first letters of Ask, Seek, and Knock, you get the word "ask".  ~~Me

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Finished With The Build

Here is the finished build of the dining room table and chairs. The seats just need stain and then enamel for all three.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

One Good Sign The Core Upgrade Was Successful?

A quiet Monday morning... that's how you know you and your team did a good job on a difficult project.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Long Haul, But A Great Job...

Just finished the core upgrade from the single 6500 to the dual redundant Nexus 7Ks for a large environment. More bandwidth and redundancy is always the way to go. My team did a great job in this project. We will expect some trouble calls Monday morning, but that is with any project. Even though the network is the "behind the scenes" portion of IT, it feels good to accomplish something good for a company. Now time for some rest...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Getting Ready For A Core Swap Out Tonight...

Tonight, me and a team of five guys will be swapping out an old Cisco 6500 with dual Nexus 7Ks. We will also be upgrading our bandwidth to each access closet, providing more bandwidth and redundancy. This always excites me. Looking forward to tonight.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Don't Forget To Add Glue...

I'm building a long bench for that dining room table a couple of posts down. So as you put your screws in the wood, don't forget to put glue in first. Below, you see the screw sunk down into the glue.