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Cisco Prime Infrastructure 2.1 - Upgrade VMware Tools

Cisco Prime Infrastructure includes a built-in evaluation license valid for 60 days and 100 devices. You can download the virtual appliance from the Cisco Promotional Software Store. I am running this in my lab on a VMware ESXi 5.5 host.

After I installed and configured Prime Infrastructure (PI) vSphere Client reported the PI vm was running an outdated version of VMware Tools. To upgrade VMware Tools you need to enable root access on the PI appliances, then follow the VMware instructions for "Manually Install or Upgrade VMware Tools in a Linux Virtual Machine".

Step 1 - SSH into the appliance and login.

Step 2 - Enable root shell and set the password, then log into root

lab-prime/admin# root_enable
Password :
Password Again :
Root enabled
lab-prime/admin# root
Enter root password :
Starting root bash shell ...

Step 3 - On the VMware host, enable Interactive Tools Upgrade. Right click the VM, Guest, Install/Upgrade VMware Tools, and select Interactive Tools…

Attending Cisco Live 2014 Online

I am not attending Cisco Live San Francisco this year, or should I say, I won't be in San Francisco for Cisco Live 2014. I wanted to share some information on Webcasts and Broadcasts available to anyone not attending.

Anyone can sign up for a free account. This is also often referred to as Cisco Live 365. Simply go to and create an account. Once your account is created and you login here is what you see:

The On-demand Library is where you can find PDFs of all the breakout sessions. Yes that's correct, you can download any and all the PDFs for Cisco Live!!

But wait there's more... Every session is video recorded. Soon these videos will be uploaded right here. This year Cisco has Fastracked Sessions  "A link to early release, on-demand videos of selected session will be posted here each night of the conference on May 20, 21 & 22. "

The lat section of I wanted to share is the Online Events. After clicking Online Event…

Book Review: End-to-End QoS Network Design, 2nd Edition

As a Network Consultant and CCIE 5022, I have worked with Cisco QoS since, frankly, the beginning of QoS (yes I am old). I have been eagerly awaiting this books release. In the two weeks, I have had this book; I have already referred to it several times to gain additional insight. This book is an all-encompassing presentation and tutorial on Cisco Quality of Service (QoS).

The book flows very well. A reader new to QoS can start at the beginning and build up to the design strategies and product specific sections. Those more experienced, can fast forward to the more advanced sections. The authors have done a tremendous job explaining the foundational architecture and concepts of QoS, and the flow and syntax of Cisco's Modular QoS Command-line (MQC).

The opening section, “Part 1: QoS Design Overview” (Chapter 1 – 9) layout the history of QoS, including the evolution of IETF RFCs, and the QoS implementation tools. The chapters build on each other, and do a great job of introducing a …