APC Metered Rack PDU Password Recovery

2018-12-05T14:41:13+00:00November 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Perhaps you picked up an APC Metered Rack PDU used, and want to use the built-in management features but can't because you're locked out. This often happens not only with the sale of used equipment, but also when there isn't good documentation, or a company acquires a competitor and [...]

Meraki MR Access Point Link Aggregation (LAG) Configuration

2018-09-06T16:32:02+00:00August 31st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It would have been so awesome to rip out all our switching infrastructure and put in hardware that supports Multigagbit and UPOE. Sadly, management didn't want the network infrastructure projects to wipe out the entire IT budget. Good news, there is a simple way to take advantage of "more than [...]

Upgrade Firmware / Bootloader on Cisco SG300 / SG500 Switches

2018-08-29T14:21:57+00:00January 16th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Cisco continues to put out new SG switch firmware which adds some nice features and more stability to the product line. Several companies I have worked in the small / medium business sector are turning to these switches for their inexpensive port density and management options in an access layer switch. [...]

Password Recovery Procedure for Cisco SG500 / SG300 Switches

2018-08-26T21:29:09+00:00November 16th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

Cisco documentation is out there for this, but searching for it generally only comes back with forum questions and responses. Here's the consolidated information on how to easily break into a Cisco Small Business switch that has a console port. Generally this is limited to the SG300 and SG500 series [...]

Change MAC addresses to be Cisco Friendly

2016-02-17T21:23:55+00:00February 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Ever get a really long nasty list of MAC addresses that aren't in the aaaa.bbbb.cccc format that Cisco network devices crave? Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own idea of what a MAC address should look like. You will see on Windows systems, MAC addresses divided by dashes (00-50-56-a0-6e-db) other systems [...]

Adding a Second External USB Hard Drive to Windows Server Backup

2014-04-14T09:09:21+00:00January 17th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , |

You may or may not like the way that Windows Server 2008R2 handles server backups, but it's actually leaps and bounds easier to deal with than the old NT backup version. One big challenge that i've been faced with in working with Windows Server Backup (WSB) is that it seems [...]