My CLUS 2018 Tips

These are my advice for attending the Cisco Live US conference [aka Networkers].
Date of the event: June 10-14, 2018.

Before Travlling
Make sure to book your hotel and try to have one maximum half a mile away from the event location, this helped me a lot.

Attened event preview
25-May Web seminar: Cisco Live Orlando Preview, it will help you to understand how the event will move on, plus when to add the event to “Cisco Events” Cellphone app, which helps a lot during the conference and keep notifying you with real-time updates during events days.


Event Registration open one day before event day one [9-june] which is good to avoid crowds
you will get your badge and maybe bag and t-shirt depend on the type of your registration.

Cisco Store will be open, avoid crowds and buy accessories, Clothing and books you looking for


10 & 11 June
Cisco World of Solutions start where you meet 100s of vendors and attend free webinar and labs from DevNet , Cisco Certification Center
More shopping in Cisco Store,, just bought Cisco Press Deploying ACI book and some extra items, I start to forget it’s a technical event, you will get a free bag for every few dollars you spent, I guess spent 800 $ in cisco store and I got three free bags


Do not forget to get your CCIE cup from Cisco Certification Center, it is open all day for Cisco certified persons to meet colleagues and get free refreshments.


The big opening icebreaker for most of us is the opening TweetUp

Tweet up arrival #clus #ciscochampion

Free widgets & gifts from Cisco World of solutions exhibitors & Cisco Certification center etc.
and time to go for Free CCIE Party from Cisco to all CCIEs, you can bring one guest with you for free and enjoy free food, drink and new faces to meet.
this year the party held in disneyland Star Wars theme.

The big day CAE Customer Appreciation Event.
from 7PM to 11 PM Cisco reserved Unverisal studio for us with free bands, food, and all park activities for free.


Sam Hunt
Leon Bridges
Refugee – Tom Petty Tribute Band
Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi Tribute Band

Don’t forget your gift once complete survey in your #CLUS Cisco Events app.
Collect it from material kits counters once you have done.


Finally, do forget three things:

1- CLUS 2019 will be in San Diago if this is the first time there try to extend your stay to visit the city, i did this mistake in Orlando 2018 so i did not catch the last day of CLUS , i was busy in Kennedy space center .

2- Do not deal with CLUS like a purely technical event, yes it is, but it is also Community event where you meet, talk with people just like you, Cisco Fans.

3- Do not forget to donate your CLUS badge for Recycling

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I will be there in 2019 CLUS, do not hesitate to come and say hi, and let’s talk.

Yasser  Ramzy Auda.

Windows BGP Router

Yes, You can run BGP in Windows Server and even peer it with Cisco BGP router.

Use Cases:

Powershell BGP commands Reference:

More with Lab from Packet Thrower  Blog:

Fun with Windows – BGP Routing

Basic Powershell commands to remember, Let’s Assume we had the following topology:


To Adds a BGP router for the specified Tenant ID:
Add-BgpRouter -BgpIdentifier -LocalASN 100

To Adds a new BGP peer:
Add-BgpPeer -Name CiscoR2 -LocalIPAddress -PeerIPAddress -LocalASN  100 -PeerASN 200 -PeeringMode Automatic

To Adds custom routes to the BGP routing table:
Add-BgpCustomRoute -Network

To Retrieves BGP peering-related message and route advertisement statistics:

Remember, before typing above PS commands you should install “Remote Access Role” then “Routing Role Services“.

Then go to Routing and Remote Access Console
Right-click your domain name, then
choose “configure and enable routing and remote access
click next
choose “Custom Configuration” then choose “LAN Routing

Cisco ISE/Firepower Tip: pxGrid

Cisco ISE/Firepower Tip:
Cisco Platform Exchange Grid (pxGrid)
With Cisco pxGrid (Platform Exchange Grid), your multiple security products can now share data and work together. This open, scalable, and IETF standards-driven platform helps you automate security to get answers and contain threats faster.


Its one API create a grid (net) where many Cisco Security products such as ISE/Firepower or even non-Cisco products as well can talk and share information with each other
for a list of non-cisco products:

What’s new in pxGrid 2.0?
pxGrid now uses WebSockets and REST API over the STOMP messaging protocol. This means no more dependency on the SDK and Java and C libraries. The development platform is open as long as it supports WebSockets and REST API over STOMP. This also further increases pxGrid scalability.

pxGrid Video!getting-started/getting-started



300-550 NPDESI Tip

300-550 NPDESI Tip
Designing and Implementing Cisco Network Programmability:

API [application programming interface] is a piece of software code that can make two applications talk to each other, for instance, imagine that you create an application to track public tweets and it should instantly display public tweets and their location in google map to your application users.
In this case, my application will need two APIs , one to communicate with Google maps and one to communicate wit Tettwer.

But what about Network Devices?
Traditional methods to manage a network device are:

Nowadays, Programmatic methods to manage network devices use APIs such as:
(which uses HTTP, and HTTPS to make command line calls to the network device and supports the XML and JSON encoding formats.)
-REST [it use HTTP methods such as GET & POST]

Check Cisco platforms and their corresponding API(s) in the pics

cisco api