Cisco Live 2018 – Fun for grownups!



Cisco Live 2018 is just around the corner in in June from the 10th – 14th in Orlando, FL.  Hard to believe it has been just about a year since the last “Geek Summer Camp” of Las Vegas, NV.  There is still time to register for the discounted price – if you are reading this and have not registered, might want to do that as the 1st discount expires on March 7th.

Once again we are back at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl.  This is a HUGE convention center location, so be prepared for lots of walking between sessions.  This is a welcome change from Las Vegas, NV – while I do love when the event is in Las Vegas due to the nightlife and restaurants, being a little closer to my home on the East Coast is welcomed.

Leading up to the event there are always a few cool contests that Cisco Live runs, and this year is no different.   These are the current contests that I am aware of, you may find more at the Contest site.

  1. Registration Sweepstakes
    – Participants publicly indicate they registered on Facebook for a chance to win a photo opp with the Guest Keynote speaker.- Participants indicate they registered on Twitter for a chance to win a photo opp with the CAE performer. Multiple entry posts allowed
  2. Facebook Caption Contest
    – Starting in April, there will be five weeks of opportunities to add captions to the weekly photo for a chance to win prizes.
  3. Blogger Contest
    – Share your views, opinions, best practices, scoops and everything else with the blogosphere and world.

It seems we are sticking with tradition this year for the CAE as we are at Universal Studios Florida.  As expected, the CAE is on Wednesday, June 13th from 7:30p-11:30p.  The night will include food, drinks, rides and a festival of music (to be announced).  It makes me think back to the 20th Anniversary Networkers event – we had a blast that year with bands.  Fingers crossed ( and I will share more on that when I have more to share.)

One thing that has been added this year for the CAE, is that starting at 6PM your band will also allow you access to Universal’s Island of Adventures theme park.  This access is non-exclusive, so you will need to mingle with the regular folk.  When you think of it, it is not a bad way to spend the time before the CAE actually starts – get in some rides and fun before the rides and fun begins! One note here, the shuttles will start at 7PM, so if you want to go earlier you will need to cab/uber/lyft/etc to get there.


In keeping with Cisco Live’s give-back every year, this year for the social responsibility portion of the event we will have a chance to build a pi-top.  Never heard of it, well neither had I until today.  A pi-top is a build-it-yourself laptop powered by a Raspberry Pi!  There will be 500 pi-tops available for assembly during the week and each of these units will be notated to NetAcad schools in Flordia.


Oh, My Word – the Guest Closing Keynote speakers this year are OUT OF THIS WORLD!  First up, we have Dr. Michio Kaku who is a Theoretical physicist and futurist. He is someone that most of us have seen on TV at one time or another, I am looking forward to his talk.  I am sure that his recent book, The Future of Humanity, will be mentioned as well as discussed during his talk. We also have Amy Webb who is a quantitative futurist with strategic foresight.  Her recent book, The Signals are Talking, will be worth a read before her keynote.  Whatever all that means, I think it just means that this will be one of the most educational and forward-looking closing keynotes we have ever had!


See you in a few months!





Juniper NXTWORK 2017



In just over two months it will be time for the Juniper customer summit known as NXTWORK 2017.  This is an awesome chance to meet with other Juniper customers, Juniper employees, our awesome peers, and if you are lucky some of the amazing Juniper Ambassadors (pictured below).  The event is scheduled for December 11 – 13 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, Ca.

This event is similar to what other vendors offer for a conference (Cisco, VMWare, Dell/EMC) yet much more intimate.  There are breakout sessions available that you can attend to learn more about technologies, services, education, and much much more. You can be assured that you will have a good seat for any of the speakers, no stadiums here where you feel disconnected – here you will be up close and personal with all the different speakers.

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Juniper SRX Password Recovery


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I can imagine that is how I looked when I got my “new” Juniper SRX from (insert favorite auction site) and booted it the first time.  All ready to play with my new toy – lab some new ideas – and boom, it has a password on it already.  Grrrr….

Since I had to recover the root password, figured I would post the procedure here in case others are looking for it.  Not only in case others are looking for it, the next time that I need it as well! 🙂

So the first thing we need to do here is to make sure the device is powered off and we have a console cable connected to it.  I will assume you know how to use your terminal program and access the console already for this post otherwise I suspect you would not be here.

Now that you are connected we can go ahead and power the SRX on and watch it boot.   In order to boot the system into single user mode, we need to press the space bar when prompted. It will be right at this point in the boot process – right when you see Hit [Enter} to boot immediately, or space bar for command prompt.  Here you need to press the SPACE BAR quick to interrupt the boot process.

FreeBSD/MIPS U-Boot bootstrap loader, Revision 2.5
(, Tue Apr 2 12:36:46 PDT 2013)
Memory: 2048MB
[0]Booting from nand-flash slice 1
Un-Protected 1 sectors
writing to flash…
Protected 1 sectors
Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf
/kernel data=0xb99284+0x13c8b4 syms=[0x4+0x91b00+0x4+0xd5dfb]

Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or space bar for command prompt

From here you will be presented with a loader>  prompt.  Go ahead and enter boot -s to boot the system in single user mode. This will allow you to boot the system and change the password.

Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or space bar for command prompt.

Type ‘?’ for a list of commands, ‘help’ for more detailed help.
loader> boot -s

From here the system will continue to boot for a bit.  Eventually, you will be presented with an option to enter the recovery mode by entering recovery.  Take notice that this also disables the system watchdog timer (this process monitors the services and will take appropriate actions if a service has failed or stops.)

System watchdog timer disabled
Enter full pathname of shell or ‘recovery’ for root password recovery or RETURN for /bin/sh: recovery

The system will now continue to boot, eventually getting coming up to a root> prompt

clean, 241102 free (46 frags, 30132 blocks, 0.0% fragmentation)
Thu Sep 28 01:15:41 UTC 2017
Running recovery script …
machdep.bootsuccess: 1 -> 1

Performing initialization of management services …

Performing checkout of management services …

NOTE: Once in the CLI, you will need to enter configuration mode using
NOTE: the ‘configure’ command to make any required changes. For example,
NOTE: to reset the root password, type:
NOTE: configure
NOTE: set system root-authentication plain-text-password
NOTE: (enter the new password when asked)
NOTE: commit
NOTE: exit
NOTE: exit
NOTE: When you exit the CLI, you will be asked if you want to reboot
NOTE: the system

Starting CLI …

One here you may now enter edit mode and set a new root password. Once you have set the password, go ahead and commit it and then reboot.  At that time your new root password will allow you to access the device.

root> edit
Entering configuration mode

root# set system root-authentication plain-text-password
New password: juniper123
Retype new password: juniper123

root# commit and-quit
commit complete
Exiting configuration mode

root> request system reboot in 0
Reboot the system in 0? [yes,no] (no) yes

Shutdown NOW!
[pid 1651]

When the router reboots, you will need to press the space-bar to get into the loader> prompt to re-enable the watchdog service using the command watchdog enable and then you can boot the SRX by issuing boot.

Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or space bar for command prompt.

Type ‘?’ for a list of commands, ‘help’ for more detailed help.
loader> watchdog enable
loader> boot

Once it has finished booting, you should be able to log in as root with your new password.

Amnesiac (ttyu0)

login: root

— JUNOS 12.3X48-D45.6 built 2017-02-19 01:11:50 UTC

That is all there is to it.  Not as simple as confreg 0x2142 in Cisco, but still not too bad.