Category Archives: Tools

Null route IOSXR Python script

Python-logo-notext.svgIts been a while since my last post, mainly because I have been bitten by the Raspberry Pi bug. As a side effect  of this I have been trying to learn Python to implement all the cool things the Raspberry Pi can do. I haven’t touched any programming languages since i was a student and barely scraped through Software Development 1, mainly because at the time I had no interest in C++, preferring micro controllers like the PIC and Intel 8051 where I could physically see the results of my code (making an LED blink is insanely satisfying). Continue reading Null route IOSXR Python script


TFTP on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server

ubuntu-logo32In this post I will run through the installation and verification of operation of a Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server running on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. TFTP is an Internet software utility for transferring files between networked devices, that is simpler to use than the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) but less capable and less secure. It is used where user authentication and directory visibility are not required. TFTP uses the UDP port 69 as its transmission layer protocol making it lighter than TCP based FTP. TFTP is described formally in RFC 1350. Continue reading TFTP on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server

Adding VPCS to GNS3 v1.1

gns3_icon_256x256I love using GNS3 when I am studying as I can integrate a Virtual Machine, running a TACACS+ server for example, however this does come at a cost of CPU and RAM utilization.

I don’t always need a full Linux VM running when all I want to do is ping or traceroute between two hosts on the network, this is where Virtual PC Simulator (VPCS) comes into play. VPCS is a lightweight PC simulator that has a basic set of network commands such as ping, traceroute and telnet. It does not consume the CPU and memory resources that adding another router or VM would use. VPCS can simulate up to 9 separate  PC at a time. Continue reading Adding VPCS to GNS3 v1.1

Linux IP Subnetting Tools

unnamedIP subnetting is one of the core topics that is covered in the CCNA and is something that every network engineer worth his/her salt will be able to do in their head. Having said that though, there are times when you just cant be bothered to do it in your head, we are human after all and by default lazy. Continue reading Linux IP Subnetting Tools