Well again its been a while since I posted, and once again I have been sidelined from CISCO studies.
A few weeks back I was asked to audit 1500 ports for a client, so thre was no way I was doing that by hand, I am a manger after all you know ;). But it was a great excuse to great a bit of scripting experience in scripting / programming.
Secure CRT has great scripting support and after a few hours playing around I had a script that can read from an excel spread sheet and carry out a list of checks and record the results.
1500 ports spread over 260 devices = 15 min, compared to the 20hr + I worked out it could have taken by hand including preparing the report.
But this lead me a bit further, what would be nice is a program that you could input any amount of code, where varibles where highlighted like.
conf t int ***port*** description ***des*** speed ****speed****
along with a spread sheet that contained columns containing the variables, and the program could loop through the rows implementing each line as it goes.
In my job there is the potential of having to implement the same config on multiply devices with different values (ie assign ports to vlans)
So for the last few weeks, VBA, VB script and C# have been taking up my life, its been great fun and while maybe not my CCNP still good skills to have as a network engineer to be able to automate things and increase throughput.
hope to be back soon with more updates…
On and other news…. Lilith was one at the weekend, happy birthday my beautiful little girl, you are and angel and very much loved by me and your mum 🙂 XX