The Art of Network Engineering

By A.J., Andy, Aaron, and Dan

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Join co-hosts A.J., Andy, Aaron, and Dan and our guests as we explore the world of Network Engineering! In each episode, we explore new topics, talk technology, and interview people in our industry. We peak behind the curtain and get insights into what it's like being a network engineer - and spoiler alert - it's different for everyone! For more information check out our website https://artofnetworkengineering.com Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram as well @artofneteng Co-Hosts Twitter Handles A.J. @noblinkyblinky Andy @andylapteff Aaron @aaronengineered Dan @HowdyPacket

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Ep 27 – CCENT Emeritus
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In this week’s episode, Andy and Aaron are absent, so it’s the Dan and A.J show! Dan and AJ talk about living in rural areas and the various challenges it can pose to the job market. They set the stage by talking about population sizes in their area and compare it to other areas, andContinue reading "Ep 27 – CCENT Emeritus"
Jan 20, 2021
Ep 26 – Goal Hacks
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A.J., Dan, and Andy talk strategies for tracking progress on goals. As always, we get off the main topic but we cover a lot of great stuff in this episode, like how to properly use flashcards, using practice exams as a tool, and not waiting until just before your scheduled exam. We also celebrate breakingContinue reading "Ep 26 – Goal Hacks"
Jan 13, 2021
Ep 25 – 2021 Goals
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In this episode, the guys discuss goal setting and their goals for 2021. Join them and let us know what you’re committing to in 2021. Hit us up on Twitter @artofneteng or use the hashtag #aone. This episode is available in video format on our YouTube Channel! Check it out: https://youtu.be/trxfYItKYNA Be sure to checkoutContinue reading "Ep 25 – 2021 Goals"
Jan 06, 2021
Ep 24 – From the Cab to TAC
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In this week’s episode we talk to Mansoor. Mansoor works as Cisco TAC HTTS – (High Touch Technical Support) Technical Consulting Engineer dedicated to Google and AT&T. Mansoor started out working in NYC as a Cab driver and eventually found his way into IT. Todd Lammle CCNA Book – https://amzn.to/38rksmF Mansoor’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/mansoor-alam-90b54545/ BeContinue reading "Ep 24 – From the Cab to TAC"
Dec 30, 2020
Ep 23 – of IT
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In part two Keith shares insights on how he studies! He recommends reinvesting 2-3% of your income back into yourself, used for video training, lab equipment, and other study materials to help you grow. He goes on to discuss how he stays motived and the rest of the group jumps in. Keith also makes theContinue reading "Ep 23 – of IT"
Dec 23, 2020
Ep 22 – The OG
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In this episode, we talk to The OG himself, Keith Barker! Keith, very openly, shares his journey into tech, and then into teaching. Keith also shares his experience obtaining not one, but two CCIEs – and this was all in just part one of this exciting two-part series! Follow Keith on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/KeithBarkerCCIEYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Keith6783CBT Nuggets: https://ogit.online/Keith-CBTDiscord:Continue reading "Ep 22 – The OG"
Dec 16, 2020
Ep 21 – He Automates a LAN Down Unda
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This week we talk with Daniel Teycheney, all the way from Australia! Daniel talks about life as a Network Engineer in Australia, the similarities and differences. Daniel is a Network Automation Engineer for a global company. He shares his journey with us, and offers some advice on getting started with your Network Automation journey! YouContinue reading "Ep 21 – He Automates a LAN Down Unda"
Dec 09, 2020
Ep 20 – Top 10 Questions
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In this episode the guys answer the top 10 questions about getting started in networking. What study materials should I use? Physical vs. virtual lab? What are some good study habits? And, so much more! This episode runs a little longer than usual, we had a lot to say. Sign up for Cisco’s Packet TracerContinue reading "Ep 20 – Top 10 Questions"
Dec 02, 2020
Ep 19 – She’s got jobs!
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In this episode we speak to our resident technical recruiter, Brittany! Brittany is a Lead Technology Recruiter at Oscar Technology. She focuses mostly on the network industry and primarily helps to fill network engineering related positions. Brittany talks about her process and makes some fantastic recommendations for people seeking new roles as a network engineer.Continue reading "Ep 19 – She’s got jobs!"
Nov 25, 2020
Ep 18 – Carl!
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This week we talk to Carl! Carl shares his journey from the Marines, to FedEx, and then into IT. Carl also shares his experience preparing for, and taking, certification exams. Check out Carl’s article on the AONE Blog – The Art of Preparing for a Cisco Exam. You can follow Carl on Twitter, he isContinue reading "Ep 18 – Carl!"
Nov 18, 2020
Ep 17 – The A.J. and Aaron Show
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In this episode, you guessed, it’s just A.J. and Aaron. A.J. shares the latest journey he’s begun, discussing physical vs digital books, and more. The guys also discuss study habits and styles, and the idea of “total compensation” with your employer. Apologies for the poor audio on A.J’s side – he had the wrong inputContinue reading "Ep 17 – The A.J. and Aaron Show"
Nov 11, 2020
Ep 16 – What is a Network Engineer?
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This week Zig Zsiga joins the crew as we discuss – What is a Network Engineer? Zig is a Customer Delivery Architect at Cisco. Outside of Cisco he runs his own blog, YouTube Channel, and Podcast. Zig is also developing and running course on being a Network Designer/Architect. Additionally, Zig is a Dual CCIE inContinue reading "Ep 16 – What is a Network Engineer?"
Nov 04, 2020
Ep 15 – Knox
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This week’s episode is part 2 of our interview with Knox Hutchinson. Check it out! This episode was not sponsored by CBT Nuggets. Knox just happens to be big fan of the podcast and we’re are a big fan of him, so this just made sense! To get more Knox check him out on:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DataKnoxTwitter:Continue reading "Ep 15 – Knox"
Oct 28, 2020
Ep 14 – Data
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In this week’s episode we talk to Knox Hutchinson. That’s right, CBT Trainer, Knox joins us and tells us about how he got into IT and eventually IT Training at CBT. We had such a great conversation we had to break it up over two episodes! So, check out part one this week and comeContinue reading "Ep 14 – Data"
Oct 21, 2020
Ep 13 – Deirra Footman, CCIEby30
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In this episode Aaron returns, and along with Dan and Andy they chat with Deirra Footman, CCIEby30! Deirra shares her journey on getting into IT and finding her way into Network Engineering. Along the way she shares some great advice, that we haven’t yet heard on the show yet! And, Dan learns a lesson heContinue reading "Ep 13 – Deirra Footman, CCIEby30"
Oct 14, 2020
Ep 12 – The Packet Pilot!
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In this week's episode we meet Matt. Matt shares his journey from the Ez-Desk to the Help Desk, and beyond! Make sure you seat belt is fastened, your tray table is in the upright and locked position, and get ready to take a ride with Matt!
Oct 07, 2020
Ep 11 – Gifted Lane!
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In this episode we talk to Shala, aka Gifted Lane! Shala tells her story on how she got into networking - which includes building networks and supporting one of the largest Oil and Gas companies in the world!
Sep 30, 2020
Ep – 10 – Single pa… I won’t say it
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We hit Episode 10! In this one Dan, A.J., and Andy take a moment to reflect on the last 10, talking about some of the feedback we've gotten, how covid has impacted us each a little differently, and some updates on some of our previous guests. We also discuss some of what's coming.
Sep 23, 2020
Ep 9 – Time 2 Rize and Grind
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In this episode we meet Eugene. Eugene works the help desk but how he got there is a very interesting story. Eugene also keeps one of the most upbeat and positive attitudes towards everything he does. You won't want to miss Episode 9 and Eugene.
Sep 16, 2020
Ep 08 – (Dis)Order in the Data Center!
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In this episode we meet Micheline. She's a lawyer turned Network Engineer hyper focused on Data Center and Cisco ACI. Hear more about Micheline's journey and her advice for success.
Sep 09, 2020
Ep 07 – The Joe Show
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In this episode we meet Joe, an infrastructure architect at a SaaS company. He touches everything and not just networking. He needs to see the really big picture! Joe discusses how his career prepared him to be an architect and shares his insights on facing nearly any situation or technology that comes his way.
Sep 02, 2020
Ep 06 – 24
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In this episode we meet Taylor. At only 24 years old he has tons of experience working in IT and holds 4 professional level certifications. Hear about Taylor's attitude towards his career, studying, and what contributed most to his successes.
Aug 26, 2020
Ep 05 – Halo Memes and Harry Potter Castles
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In this episode we interview our first guest, Danny. Danny takes us through his career starting with his time in the Marines as an IT Specialist, getting his CCNP and entering the civilian world working in healthcare, and finally landing at a VAR where he now works as a Design Architect. Join us for Episode 5 to hear more about Danny.
Aug 19, 2020
Ep 04 – Personal Brand
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In this episode Dan is off doing a site migration and enjoying some spectacular Memphis BBQ. A.J., Aaron, and Andy discuss the importance of your personal brand and what that means, and what it doesn't mean. We also give some great tips and advice on professional success, including how to stand out in a crowd, and interview even when you're not job hunting.
Aug 12, 2020
Ep 03 – Lame Relay and VTP Heroes
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In this episode, Aaron, A.J., Andy, and Dan discuss the changes to the CCNA blueprint compared to previous versions, the perceived value of certifications and what they've actually done for us (also perceived), we then discuss what works in and interview and what doesn't. Have you recently taken and passed the Cisco CCNA 200-301? We'd love to hear from you! Head to our website https://artofnetworkengineering.com/ or hit us up on Twitter @artofneteng Looking for a study group to help tackle those certifications? It's all About the Journey! Join us in Discord - https://discord.gg/hqZ7XEG
Jul 31, 2020
Ep 02 – Failure Plaques and Cloud People
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In this episode Aaron, A.J., and Andy discuss COVID workforce impacts - Failure Plaques - Moving people to the cloud - Certification Walk of Shame - Testing from Your Bed. How has COVID19 impacted you? Dan couldn't make it this week he was taking some much needed r&r.
Jul 24, 2020
Ep 01 – Meet the Team
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In this, the first episode, of The Art of Network Engineering, you'll meet the team of co-hosts. We each take a moment to introduce ourselves, share our backgrounds, and the steps we took to get where we are today. A.J. Murray Twitter: @noblinkyblinky Blog: https://blog.noblinkyblinky.com Instagram: noblinkyblinky LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajmurrayvt/ Aaron Engineered Web: https://www.aaronengineered.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/aaronengineered Twitter: https://twitter.com/aaronengineered Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aaronengineered/ Andy Lapteff Twitter: https://twitter.com/andylapteff Blog: https://permitipandyandy.wordpress.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/permitipandyandy/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andylapteff/ Dan Twitter: https://twitter.com/SniffPacket
Jul 24, 2020