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I recently got the chance to deploy a Cisco HyperFlex solution that is composed of 3 Cisco HX nodes in my home lab. As a result, I wanted to share my experience with that new technology (for me). If you do not really know what all this “Hyperconverged Infrastructure hype” is all about, you can read an introduction here. Cisco eased our job by releasing a pre installation spreadsheet and it is very important to read that document with great attention. It will allow you to prepare the baseline of your HC infrastructure. The installation is very straightforward once all the requirements are met. The HX infrastructure has an important peculiarity, it is very very very (did I say very) sensitive [Read More…]


Hyper-converged infrastructure – Part 1 : Is it a real thing ?

17 July 2017 | Written by Nicolas Michel | Published in Data Center

Recently I was lucky enough to play with Cisco Hyperflex in a lab and since it was funny to play with, I decided to write a basic blog post about the hyper-converged infrastructure concept (experts, you can move forward and read something else 🙂 ). It has really piqued my interest. I know I may be late to the game but better late than never right? 🙂 Legacy IT Infrastructure Back in the days, you had to have separate silo to maintain a complete infrastructure (it is still true by the way, but it tends to become more and more frequent that networks, servers, and storage are progressively forming a single IT platform …. sorry I meant “cloud”): Compute(System and Virtualization) [Read More…]


From Network Engineer v1.0 to v2.0

19 May 2017 | Written by Nicolas Michel | Published in Career

I recently relocated to the US from France/Switzerland and I have been so busy the past 2 years working on that process. Yes, It is that long!  I have been asked about career advice twice this week and I wanted to share my thoughts about it. Networking in 2008 I think we all agree on the fact that the networking field has been very static for the past 15 years. One of the ways to provide a better network experience to the users/applications was to add more bandwidth (or invest in WAN optimization). OSPF/BGP/EIRGRP/MPLS and spanning tree haven’t changed much since 2002 right?   All the networking manufacturers paradigm was all about releasing new hardware that could provide more bandwidth and [Read More…]


CUCM Dirsync Troubleshooting

18 August 2015 | Written by Nicolas Michel | Published in Unified Communications

One of my customer told me that one of its end user was not appearing in its CUCM database. I think it is worth to make a blogpost about it. There are already plenty of resources on the subject (Example) but I will mainly focus on the troubleshooting section here. There are 2 ways to configure your users on a Cisco CUCM, you can either configure them statically or you can synchronise your CUCM with your Active Directory Domain. If you want to make sure that your AD – CUCM synchronization is working, you first need to check that the DirSync Service is activated on the CUCM Publisher:   Then you need to select which AD Attributes will be used as the USERID [Read More…]


My CCIE Journey – Act II

13 August 2015 | Written by Nicolas Michel | Published in Data Center

In fact the title should be “My CCIE Journey – Act III” but I don’t want to use that one because I had a bad experience with the CCIE Voice lab exam 🙂 There are many (very good) links about that specific subject but I wanted to give my own opinion as well :). Here is a list (incomplete for sure) of the people that have blogged about their CCIE DC lab experience : Brian McGahan Jason Lunde David Varnum Peter Revill  Jeremy Waldrop Plowking Vallard Joel Sprague I have shared my journey towards the CCIE RS in 2011 and I wanted to share it again with you. I passed the CCIE DC lab exam one month ago and it [Read More…]