The Specified Virtual Disk Needs Repair

Using Vmware Workstation is a nice tool to practice Cisco technologies. And sometimes you encounter errors that drives you nuts such as “The specified virtual disk needs repair” error message. This error could occur for example when you brutally shut down a virtual machine. But no worries, there is a solution. If you are running … Read more

Cisco ISE Upgrade 2.0 to 2.1

In this article I am going to lay the important facts for doing a Cisco ISE upgrade, from version 2.0 to 2.1. These recommendations are also valid for other upgrade versions. My tools are: Vmware Workstation Pro 12 Cisco ISE 2.0.x virtual appliance software, as initial version Cisco ISE 2.1 upgrade patch ise-upgradebundle-2.0.x-to- 3Cdeamon TFTP server … Read more

The Keyboard Banger Guide To EVE-NG

Eve-ng is probably the most notorious competitor of GNS3. I discovered it by accident. I am collecting below all my ramblings. Installing EVE-NG Here is what you’re going to need, in order to setup a EVE-NG home lab: OVA file EVE-NG client side software. I use a Windows machine so I downloaded the Windows client … Read more

The Keyboardbanger GNS3 Tutorial

Down below you have a complete list of my GNS3 ramblings during my CCNP Routing and Switching journey. Useful Links to set up Cisco Switching Labs with GNS3 This lab will allow me to do most of the Cisco switching games of BCMSN exam. For example, I can enter the vlan database mode to configure … Read more

4 Free Softphones To Use In Your CCNP Collaboration Home Lab


In this post, I’ll show you some popular free softphones that you can configure and register to your CCNP Collaboration home lab. We are going to study the following free softphone models: IP Blue VTGO-PC Counterpath X-lite Ekiga Express Talk IP Blue VTGO-PC VTGO-PC is in my opinion the best of the free softphones for … Read more