Something new for the Networking tool bag – Sergeant Clip

Today on Twitter I noticed that @fryguy_pa posted the following yesterday.

This is the http://www.sergeantclip.com/ which looks like something really useful for the networking tool bag. In fact I’m going to order both a 6 and 12 port versions tonight.

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Completing CCNP Security – Study notes for SISAS (300-208) – Part 1

I was half way towards completing CCNP Security when they announced the retirement of the current exams and I did not have the enough time to complete study for SECURE prior to the last day to test. Given that old exam passes expire after 3 years and my ASA Security specialist certification expires after only 2 years, I have to pass the remaining 2 new exams before Nov 2015 and no later than Jan 2016 to keep a Cisco security certification without having to to sit further 2 exams.

As has often has been the case with Certification changes, the self study texts have not been published and no public information on availability is on the Cisco Press website (link). In fact the page it’s still referring to the February 2012 refresh and not updated yet. I have been informed that new texts should be out in the sometime in the Fall (aka late Q3 or early Q4?) as they have meet significant delays.

There is of course the official course, but I much prefer the self study route with practice exams. Given that the information is spread around, I’m attempting to pull together some notes and a list of books that I can read to keep study moving forward until official (or other) texts have been released.

The first starting point of course is the Exam Description for SISAS (300-208), so given strong focus on ISE and BYOD I’ve chosen to read Cisco ISE for BYOD and Secure Unified Access: BYOD Network Security with ISE as a starting point and following up with a Lab or evaluation environment for ISE.

What’s in your Networking Tool bag?

For most of the last 6 years, I’ve either not been allowed physical access to our hardware in the DC (a long story from my previous job) or I’ve been working in the same Data Centre as my desk, with no remote locations. So the need to have the tools of my trade with me while doing work based travelling has been very limited (or non-existent).

However last year the company I work for was acquired, and now I’m finding myself in the position that I’m travelling more and need to work in other DC’s while out & about.

So I need to travel with tools, and I’m wondering what’s in your networking tool bag? My laptop bag is small (and mostly light), so I’m hoping to not go too OTT.

My starting list is as follows:

  • Assorted RJ45 Cat5e cables (mainly short (0.3m to 2m – Grey & Blue) + joiner & cross-over adaptor.
  • Cage Nuts and bolts (enough to rack 3 to 5 devices).
  • Small Torch (LED).
  • USB Serial Adaptor (need a new one as current seems to not work with Windows 8) + DB9 adaptor & RJ45 Roll over adaptor (Thanks to WTI).
  • Multi-bit screw driver (with ~10 bits).
  • Some USB cables.
  • Cage Nut insertion tool.
  • USB 10/100 Ethernet.

This is in-addition to the normal stuff (laptop, Lync headset, headphones, USB charger, phone cables, ect).

However I do know I need to find good ear protection. I’ve been spoilt by my home DC having the main cooling plant out of the data rooms. Where I was working on Thursday was loud. Thank goodness there were disposable ear plugs available.