Artificial meat. Ew!

Lets recap what happened in the first 10 weeks as a Technical Rotational Associate:

  • Week 1:  Soft Skills
  • Week 2: Computer Networking
  • Week 3: OfficeScan (OSCE) Certification
  • Week 4: TCAP certification
  • Week 5: TippingPoint (TP) certification
  • Week 6: VMware vSphere certification
  • Week 7: Deep Security (DS) certification
  • Week 8: Deep Discovery (DD) certification
  • Week 9: AWS Solution Architect certification
  • Week 10: Rotation #1

You are probably wondering: how in the world is that possible? It isn’t. The main objective was to pass Trend Micro’s certifications (OSCE, TP, DD, and DS). Luckily, everyone was able to pass the required exams, with a few retakes. The other certs were up to us to get at their expense, of course. Currently, I am working on the VMware vSphere Foundations exam, so I can take the VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Visualization exam. Who knew there was a pre-exam to the real exam. Sounds like the CCENT to me. Anyhow, this month is dedicated to becoming a VMware professional. I will put the CCNA on hold, for now, but I do want to pick that back up once I get VCP-DCV and AWS Solutions Architect Associate certified. As you can see I will be busy studying my ass off these couple of weeks because I want to start AWS next month.

As for the first week of rotations, the team started as Custer Support Engineers or CSEs. This meant dealing with customers’ cases and troubleshooting any issues that would arise in the wild wild corporate world. I am not too fond of this position, although I do like learning how to troubleshoot problem, so I will take this as a way to see how businesses use Trend Micro products to secure their network infrastructure. The team was split between User Protection and Hybrid Cloud solutions. Since I was last in choosing, I got stuck with User Protection, but I didn’t mind. Trend Micro’s OfficeScan product is easier to understand than Deep Security. Overall, the week was dedicated to shadowing a member of the CSE – User Protection team. He has shown me the ropes, invited me to lunch, and we reminisced about the good ol’ days in California. Not a bad guy at all, but he does like artificial meat. Ew! I will give more update as the shadowing phase commences and we move on to actually working.

Wish me luck on my journey




Cisco Catalyst 3550 series

Today, I received my first networking equipment: a Cisco L3 Switch. Here are some pictures of me unboxing.

Figure 1: Well done packaging of Network device

Figure 2: Minor wear on surface but does it work?

I bought this L3 switch through eBay for the low cost of $40. Good price in my opinion for a switch with 48 ports and can do routing protocols. Next set of photos are to show the inputs and outputs.

Figure 3: Front side

Figure 4: Back side

Now, it’s time to test it out and make sure I got my money’s worth. After powering up the device, I was startled with the sound of a roaring fan. You’d expect these things to be a bit quieter. In my opinion, the device passed the Power-on-Test. Check out the picture below to verify my belief.

Figure 5: Systems are a go!

Next, I will be trying to get into the command line interface of this machine. The method I chose for getting into the CLI is telnet. I had to reset the switch because it already had some configuration rules. With the switch cleared of outdated configurations, I was able to use Express mode to configure the basic requirements to telnet. Here are the commands I used:

Switch# show running-config (To check the IP address)

Switch# config t

Switch(config)# lime vty 0 4

Switch(config-line)# transport input telnet

Switch(config-line)# password $&@!

Switch(config-line)# login

Switch(config-line)# exit

Figure 6: Finally received telnet access

This was just one step toward my journey. I have my other routers, switch, and ASA firewall ready to put on the network.