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I passed the Juniper Networks Certified Associate – Junos (JNCIA-Junos) exam!



I took the Juniper Networks Certified Associate – Junos (JNCIA-Junos) on 02 Jun 2016 and passed!  Here’s my thoughts on the test and how I prepared for it.



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I’m now at TransUnion Interactive in San Luis Obispo, CA!

After a few years of working at Cal Poly, SLO and SJSU, I retired from the CSU on Halloween 2014 (Boo!).  I was retired 2 days, and I started the following Monday 03 Nov 2014 as a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at TransUnion Interactive in San Luis Obispo, CA.  TransUnion Interactive (TUI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of TransUnion.  We provide credit reporting and other service directly to consumers, and also support other major partners with highly available web services 24X7.  TUI has about 150 employees and is growing rapidly…

I’m doing storage, virtualization and system administration work, making the magic happen with NetApp, Nimble, HP BladeSystems and a little Cisco UCS.

My recruitment process should be a LinkedIn commercial.  TUI HR found me on LinkedIn, contacted me through them, and did a successful non-traditional LinkedIn style recruitment.

Next SLO VMware User’s Group Meeting is March 8th, 2013!

Our next meeting is Friday, March 8th, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Building Veterans Hall – Top Floor, 801 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403.

This meeting is about:

  • VMUG News and Announcements
  • VDI Pain Points with Helixstorm
  • Nutanix Overview, Technical Deep Dive, and Block Demo
  • Lunch, Q&A Sessions, and Raffle

Anyone withing driving range of San Luis Obispo is welcome to come.  This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow VMware users to discuss virtualization trends, best practices, and the latest technology!

For more information, and to register for the event, click here.  Registration closes Wed March 6th, so hurry!

While you’re at it, visit the SLO VMUG web site.

Dec 2012 SLO VMUG was a big success!

The Dec 2012 SLO VMUG was a big success!

Scott Smith presents at SLO VMUG, Dec 2012

We got started about 10, Scott Smith, local VMUG leader started off with a brief overview of recent VMUG activities.

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Mandatory PCI uniform

We’ve been building a virtualized PCI environment, and we’ve adopted an official PCI work uniform to wear when doing PCI tasks….

Free DHS/FEMA Cybersecurity training courses from TEEX/NERRTC

The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) of the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) (a member of The Texas A&M University System) has a suite of free cybersecurity classes available online.  Some are for new-comers to cybersecurity, others are more advanced for professionals.

I needed inexpensive classes to fulfill the continuing education requirements for my CISSP certification, and a number of these fit the bill!

Check them out!

NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer (NCIE) – Passed NetApp Exam NS0-502 Today

I passed the NS0-502 NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer-SAN and Virtualization test today.  I had the good fortune to take some instructor led courses for this from Fastlane – Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode Administration (DOT87M) and Accelerated NCDA Boot Camp Data ONTAP 8.0 7-Mode (ANCDABC87).  They were good preparation.  The exam was 62 questions, 90 minutes.  I passed it with a 82% and it took me 40 minutes.


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Sorry for the outages…

The server that hosts this site had “issues”…  My ISP wound up moving all my stuff to another one.  That, of course, had its own “issues”…

So anyway, things seem more stable now, and hopefully no content was lost.

Please email me at the usual address (or use the handy “Email Greg Porter” tab on the upper right)  if you notice anything goofy.


Vista bad. Windows 7 good.

I (Greg Porter) recently dumped XP as my home machine operating system.  The main reason I had XP was to play games, and now that new games require DirectX 10, which requires Vista, I said goodbye.

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I Haven’t Died….

Or anything… It’s just been busy, really busy at work. But we have gotten:

  • Fedora 7 and CentOS 5 to authenticate against Active Directory
  • A CentOS 5 linux server to serve up home directories (including roving profiles) to Linux, Unix, and Windows clients with AD Kerberos
  • Sun Ray Server Software (running Sun Ray thin clients) on CentOS 5 working with AD and Linux NFS home directories

And you know what? CentOS 5, serving NFS home directories off of a SATA array, is between 6 and 20 times faster than our (decent) Solaris SPARC servers with fibre channel array using Solaris 10. They were here before I was, but they’re only like 10 months old. They should be *FASTER* than Linux.

More soon.