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Never wore a suit. Got my last job by just wearing a button up shirt and khakis. No tie, never a tie.

Dress how other IT guys dress, super casual. A good IT hiring manager will be more concerned with your skills and what you can offer for the team; not how sharp can you dress. And if he does, than that's not a company I'd want to work for.


I've been out of the AF for 5 years now and I held a TS clearance when I served for 4 years.

Since I've been out, I have worked in IT for the last 5 years and am currently a contractor with a local MSP as a network technician.

I'm looking to reactive my TS clearance and find a gov't job anywhere. I mainly do network configuration for switches and some routing. I have my CCNA, Net+, and Sec+. Working on my CCNP.

Can anyone point me in the right direction for the process on renewing your clearance? Or do I need to just apply for jobs that requires one and let that employer renew it?

Renewal requires a sponsor. When you were in the military, that was the USAF. Now, the only way to renew it is to get a job that requires one and be sponsored by whichever government entity is funding the program.

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Original Poster1 point · 16 hours ago

Isn't it cheaper for them to renew rather than get a brand new one for someone who's never had one? Or is that just a myth?

It's certainly cheaper in that you're more likely to be approved, so the average cost is lower. I don't know what the cost for a renewal vs. a fresh investigation is, though.

Either way, /u/login_local is correct - you will look more favorable to employers because you've already been approved once, but the wait time is loooong right now.

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Original Poster1 point · 15 hours ago

Is it even worth it then? Or should I just go work for a VAR?


I'm a Jr. Network Engineer working as a contractor and I would like to start working for a VAR. I have a buddy who is a network consulting engineer for CDW and he seems to love what he does.

The only other big VAR I've hard of is Presidio but never heard much about it.

Has anyone worked for one of these bigger VARs? Any advice you have to get into one doing route & switch consulting? Or just any advice in general?

2 points · 1 day ago

I worked for dimension data for a while. It was a good company. They would take guys off the NOC and move them to managed services and raise their salary from 55ish to around 90k. Unlimited training budget. It's very easy to get experience working on any technology you want. 100% remote. The hours were pretty brutal though. 90-100 hours a week sometimes, but they paid you for all of it. Some of that was me though, you can keep it to 50/week if you want.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 day ago

Awesome, I'll look into dimension data, too. All in all, you'd recommend them or working for a VAR in general?

Do you know what any requirements would be to land a job with Venture or another VAR? I already have my CCNA and working on CCNP. Plus, I have about 3 years of networking exp

2 points · 1 day ago

Yeah it was solid. The CCNP will help. You just gotta apply. There's good positions that allow you to specialize deeply (read:$$) into a specific area. I am working on Cisco collab with about five years of experience, but lots of prior experience in networking and sysadmin work. I only had a year and a half in collab experience starting at didata, but they almost doubled my salary from the internal network admin position I held before that.

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Original Poster1 point · 17 hours ago

That's sweet. Did they give out bonuses?

My buddy that works for CDW as a consulting engineer, he said they get quarterly bonuses depending on how many hours they bill, projects completed, etc. etc.


I beat the daily challenge and one of the rewards was a sub with "2-0-0" below it. Anyone know what this is?

5 points · 5 days ago

a free advanced intel sub

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Original Poster2 points · 5 days ago

How does that work? And how do you know?


I am a Jr network engineer for a large oil company (contractor) and am looking to work for a large organization so I can have training, certs, etc paid for and better benefits.

Seems like working for Cisco would be a great way to have access to all the new technologies and unlimited training, hopefully better pay, too.

If it matters, I'm located in central California, so only a couple hours from Cisco headquarters.

Has anyone worked for Cisco (IT related) before? Pros and cons if you don't mind sharing.


Not even close, I'd say udemy + OCG + FLG, hell even INE as well isn't enough for CCNP route at least, you need to get deep into cisco whitepapers in my opinion to be able to pass, these resources are great for the routing protocols, which seem to make up about half the exam, they don't really cover the over topics very well at all.

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foundation learning guide, one of the common book resources for ROUTE alongside the "official" cert guide :)

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where can I find that at?

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Literally everyone brings up the backpack. Is it that great?

uhh, it's not that great, but it's like a $2,100 backpack. I do use it pretty often now, I just wish it had a chest strap. I didn't really get much swag last year because I don't know that I need a bunch of shit, even though I drove, but I'll let you know that A) little kids love the plixer sword and B) you can't take it in your carry on.

I had a good time, go socialize with random people, drink beer, eat food, etc. See if you can meet up with PT for a bit to kind of show you around. Personally I skipped most of the keynotes and I didn't hit the tradeshow floor too hard, spent more time doing some lab stuff, a cert exam, going to some sessions etc.

You can watch pretty much every session and every speech after the fact, so don't get too hung up on having to miss something due to a conflict or whatever.

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The free registration backpack is worth over $2,000? What's in it? lol

I hear air is a hot commodity


Anyone know of a list of the previous free backpacks/hats from all the Cisco Live events?

Someone posted on another thread that last year the backpack costs $2,100. I'm skeptical lol

3 points · 11 days ago

Cisco live costs $2100, the backpack is free. That was a a euphemism, like referring to a college degree as a $40,000 piece of paper.

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Original Poster1 point · 11 days ago

lmao. So just a plain old packback then with a logo?

9 points · 13 days ago

That's what I did while I was working Help Desk.

I used the "CCNA in 60 Days" book and easily passed with zero prior networking experience.

2 points · 13 days ago

Best one I can think of is Crush 'em All

2 points · 14 days ago

Here's a similar post I did 6 months ago on this thread that got over 300 comments. Should be exactly what you're looking for.

Yeah, but what if OP wants a side of karma with his main question?

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Then go for it. But questions already been asked and extensively answered.

5 points · 14 days ago

Sounds like your're interviewing for an MSP.

I stated as a help desk tech 5 years ago at $15 an hour and I didn't have a degree or any certs, just a willingness to learn and a basic understanding of things.

As others have said, $20/hr minimum for what they're requiring. And if you they won't budge on the price, then its your call. I mean, this isn't going to be a career job so you could just take the low pay and deal with the bs for a year to be able to put it on your resume and then apply for higher paying jobs.

I received that, too. Most likely someone was hacking them trying to bring down there server. I'm not surprised, as someone had spammed their forum pages by posting hundreds of ads earlier yesterday morning.


Happy Tuesday!

I am a new Jr Network engineer on my team of 5 other Engineers and an architect.

I've been on this team for about 6 months now and have been looking around for what the team lacks and to where I can help out and make a name for myself on the team.

With that said, our company has decided to make the move to a COLO and will do so in the next 12-16 months. There's been some talk about ACI but none of the engineers know how to use it.

I'm thinking this could be my chance to step up and get a massive head start now by learning ACI, so that way when we move to the COLO and head towards ACI I can hopefully be the team lead for it.

Now my question is, has anyone had experience with ACI or has their company moved towards this?

What are some classes, books, training, etc. that I can get into now to learn some basics? What are some advanced courses?

I know ACI has been out now for a few years but it is still very new so I am not sure what training is out there yet.

Thank you all in advance for any input. I have had great success with this community in the past and am looking forward to the replies.

6 points · 14 days ago · edited 11 days ago

If you can write C++ you'll be able to make things in python effortlessly. If you've ever watched Carl Sagan's Cosmos series, he makes the statement "If you want to bake an applie pie from scratch, you first must invent the universe." To me that's a good comparison between C++ and Python. In C++ if you want to do something you gotta write it all yourself (STL crap aside). Python is going to the store and stealing a pie off the shelf.

In python if you want to do something, you google it, find the module that does it, import it, and use it. You can write some super effective code in a short amount of time with python- it's very versatile and well documented.

Kirk Byers outinely runs a free python for network engineer course via email that is really damned good, I would recommend looking into his site

In the last 12 months at my org I've done more with python that has increased my efficiency at managing the network than any paid product. Also the tools I've written for the lower tier techs to help them do their jobs without having to come to me has freed me up to dedicate more time to projects than troubleshooting their issues (and bullshit on reddit).

I'll conclude by saying this- learning ACI is not a waste of time by any means, it just may not be the most productive use of your time. Time is a valuable currency, spend it well (by bullshitting on reddit).

edit: added quips about bullshit

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Original Poster1 point · 14 days ago

Thank you for the recommendations. But that guy is charging $649 for his 'cheapest' package to learn Python...

I'll google around for some free courses on Python. I've heard from others that's the language to learn.

He routinely does a free course - sign up on his mailing list and wait for the next one to come around.

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Original Poster2 points · 14 days ago

If anyone else reading is interested, the free course is August 9th

  1. How long are the ranked seasons?

  2. Are there any new cards coming out and/or updates?

  3. I'm new to the game, been playing for only 2 weeks. What are the first couple of cards I should make sure to craft first?



My company has a small site about 2.5 hours from our corporate office that has one 2960 switch in it to support an office of maybe half a dozen or so employees.

Anyways, I'm the new Jr. Network Engineer on the team and I've been tasked to replace this switch with a 3850.

I noticed in the config that the 2960 is running VTP 1. I am not sure if this office will ever be upgraded down the road and need further VLANs or not, but would anyone recommend putting VTP 2 or 3 on the new 3850 switch that is replacing it? Or just leaving it as VTP 1?

What version of VTP are you running on all those switches?

Also are you creating and removing vlans that often? The network I manage has over 400 switches and I get by absolutely fine with no VTP.

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Original Poster1 point · 15 days ago

VTP2. I didn't implement it, that's just how it is.

How many overall VLANs do you have?

30ish though it varies depending on the size of the branch.

In my opinion get VTP2 out of your environment, if you have modern equipment it should support V3 which takes care of the horrible flaw with VTP.

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Original Poster1 point · 15 days ago

I can google this later when I get home, but VTP3 just has an extra safeguard with overriding the VLAN database and blowing it out, right?


I believe it was some sort of an idle/incremental game where you were an evil cat that ate mice. The artwork was very cartoonish and it was all in black and white.

6 points · 15 days ago

Could it be this one?

Mouse Attack!

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Original Poster5 points · 15 days ago

This is it!

AppStore says its not supported for iOS 11 :,(

My last company tried Ubiquiti at their new Executive building they built. Had about a dozen of these little bastards installed for around a year when 1 just died for no reason.

Luckily we had a spare in storage so we swapped it out, no problem. Then we ordered a new one, it came a week later, opened the box and plugged in the power cable. Nothing happened. Thing was dead on arrival. Had to send it back and get a new one.

Outside from that, the CLI is garbage as all of the commands are so much different than Cisco and many other similar manufactures.

If you need something cheap, I'd go with DELL. If you want the best and something that will last 10+ years, go with Cisco.

Lesson to take away, you get what you pay for. IMO

no. I reset after like 3 HCs but that was a mistake. In 48 hours after that I grond my way to ~20T CpS. Get the goldencookie upgrades and hope for a bunch of frenzy+click frenzy combos. Really racks the HCs.

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Original Poster1 point · 19 days ago

How do you do the frenzy+click frenzy combo?


I played this game years ago and just started playing again a couple days ago. Said I had been gone for 860 days lol

For whatever reason, I decided to wipe my game and start from scratch.

I've accumulated 2 sugar lumps, where should I start applying these first to?

Farms, wizard towers, and temples, one each. Unlocks minigames

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Original Poster2 points · 19 days ago


Anything after that?

Using more lumps on Farms makes your garden plot bigger.

There's more but I can't type a lot atm

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Original Poster1 point · 19 days ago

If you remember and could PM me later, I'd really appreciate it.

I've been on my current (first run) for 4 days and 4 hours now. So just trying to make sure I maximize for my next run.

Personally I think new players should buy set 1 packs. If they aren't in the need of new heroes they should buy set 3 packs. Basically 20% of the legendaries in set 3 packs are worth 4000 sparks meaning they actually get a legendary of choice. Meanwhile conman, fossilhead and zomblob also drop there for extra bonusses.

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What do you mean "set 1 packs" , "set 3 packs" ?

set 1 is premium, set 2 is galactic gardens, set 3 is collosal fossils, set 4 is triassic triumph. They were called sets in the community and are named in the order they released in.

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Oh I see, thank you.

You need focus in synergies between the cards in your deck and focus in a playstyle (the most basic playstyles are Aggro, Tempo and Control. Aggro means play aggressive, end your opponent in the less turns possible. Tempo playstyle means make the plays to have a strong board presence over your opponent. And Control playstyle means control and stalling (instakill cards, damage tricks, some healing..) the early game and mid game to unleash big finishers in late game, but I don't really recommend you try this last one (or at least for now since you're new player) since this mostly of the times this decks are expensive to make). If you have more questions, you can ask me, and also if you want send me a Friend Request, my username is Yut017 (there you can ask me if you need some tips or information).

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Original Poster2 points · 21 days ago

Okay, thank you.

I'm still learning all the cards, that's why I wasn't sure if there was a wiki somewhere or another site that had names of cards and/or pics of them and pre-made decks so I can try and build something decent.

There was but that site now its closed. Maybe the community decks from the pvz wiki can be a option... but mostly of their decks are so questionable in terms of viability... And aren't so updated

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Original Poster1 point · 21 days ago

So is this game dead then?

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