At the Silicon Valley Cisco User Group (SVCUG), we encourage our members to share their knowledge with others by presenting on topics that they have experience in. We call these presentations "TechTalks", and here are a few of the topics we've had:
Quality of Service (QoS)
Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Domain Name Service (DNS)
Border Gateway Protocol v4 (BGP4)
Below are some of the TechTalks which we've recorded, and they can be watched by clicking on the title of the respective TechTalk. Please note that not all TechTalks are recorded, as it depends on not only the content, but also on the presenter if they want to be recorded.
SIGN-UP POLICIES: We encourage all members to sign-up for our TechTalks and Special Events. Our TechTalks and Special Events tend to fill up quickly, and often reach seating capacity soon after they are announced, leaving some unable to sign-up even though they want to attend. So, when people who signed-up for an event don't show, not only does a seat go empty that could have been filled, but it also makes it difficult for the SVCUG Management to plan for various items such as the amount of food, venue size, required support staff, etc. For these reasons, the following sign-up policies are being put into effect:
- If someone signs-up (i.e. RSVP's as "IN") for a TechTalk or Special Event, and ends up not attending the event (i.e. They do not sign the Sign-In Roster), then they will be cancelled from the next TechTalk or Special Event should it reach full capacity. This will allow others who want to attend the event a chance to sign-up. This does not apply if someone signs up, then realizes they can no longer attend, and updates their RSVP status indicating that they are "Out" of the event before the sign-up deadline.
- At the end of each TechTalk or Special Event, those in attendance will be the first to learn about the next scheduled TechTalk or Special Event, and be able to sign-up immediately for it. The following day, or soon thereafter, the general announcement will go out to the SVCUG Members via our mailing list. So, those that attend the TechTalks or Special Events get priority for the next event.
Watch as Kirk Byers starts by giving us the history of Ansible, then continues by going over the basics of the YAML language syntax. From there, Kirk dives right in and shows how to create Ansible Playbooks, which ultimately are used to make changes on various networking devices. Kirk also explains and demonstrates how configuration variables can be defined in both HOSTS_VAR and GROUP_VAR directories. Overall, this TechTalk is an excellent introduction to Ansible, and one that you'll want to share with your friends.
Introduction to Quality of Service (QoS)
Duration: 2 Hours, 16 Minutes
Watch as Luis Chanu provides a great introduction into Quality of Service (QoS), and goes over the basics of both Layer-2 and Layer-3 QoS, markings, QoS Re-writes, and much more! If you've always wanted to understand QoS, but never quite "Got It", then this video may help.
Have you ever wanted to know what GETVPN is all about? How it differs from other VPN technologies? Why you should consider using it with MPLS? If so, then this video is for you! Watch as David Dai teaches us all about Group Encrypted Transport VPNs. With his methodical approach, David goes deep to help us all understand EXACTLY what is going on.
- GETVPN Overview
- Differentiation and advantages over EzVPN & DMVPN
Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS)
Duration: 5 Hours, 7 Minutes
There's always a lot of talk about OSPF and BGP4, but many overlook Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS). IS-IS is heavily used by service providers, especially in Europe, and for good reasons. Again, David Dai gives us an excellent tutorial on IS-IS, and provides a great comparison to OSPF.
- What is IS-IS?
- IS-IS History & Background
- IS-IS Design
- Comparison of IS-IS to OSPF
- Configuration & Verification
Visio Introduction, Network Planning and Management for Network Engineers
Duration: 3 Hours, 6 Minutes
If you've ever wondered how to create amazing looking Visio network diagrams, but don't quite know how to go about building them, or even where to begin, then this video is for you! Follow along in Microsoft Visio on your own laptop as Luis goes over all the tricks he's learned from the many years he's been using Microsoft Visio. Pause the video where you need to, or maybe rewind to hear something again. This video is 100% focused on Network Engineers creating amazing looking Microsoft Visio network diagrams, and has consistently been the most watched video on the SVCUG TechTalks page.
- Efficient Navigation
- Preparing the workspace
- What to do before you even draw your first object
- Lines, Circles, and Squares
- Fill patterns and coloring
- Built-in elements (call-outs, measuring, etc.)
- Creating PDF's of your network drawings
Fundamentals of IPv4 Multicast
Duration: 8 Hours, 32 Minutes
Watch as David Dai teaches us the Fundamentals of IPv4 Multicast in this excellent tutorial. You will walk away with an understanding of IPv4 Multicast like never before!