At the beginning of 2013 I was asked to join the Juniper Ambassador team; essentially an outreach program to those active in social channels including the J-Net community. Whilst I was appreciative of the vendor swag; it wasn’t until the community manager had the bright idea for us to collaborate on a book did it dawn on me the positive impact a small bunch of nerds can have.
The premise of the book is to tackle some of toughest “real-world” support issues collectively we have faced. The cookbook contains configuration examples for Juniper’s flagship platforms; the EX Switches, SRX Firewalls, Junos Space, and the MAG/IVE VPN gateways. For whatever reason, the same avoidable issues tend to crop up; this collaborative book aims to put some of those issues to bed and provide an insight into “best practice”. Hopefully this will mean we can stop worrying about basic support issues and start fooling around with cool stuff like SDN.
So what’s in the book? From the blurb:
- Create a Junos image that can be deployed from a USB thumb drive.
- Set up highly-available VPN connections that fail-over quickly with bi-directional forwarding.
- Use routing instances to disable split tunnelling and prevent branch offices from directly routing to the Internet.
- Enable security and multicast on your OSPF instances to prevent interference by unauthorized devices.
- Use the Host Checker to differentiate between the various security postures of devices connecting to your network.
- Use IP tracking and Real-time Performance Monitoring to determine whether the primary or backup ISP link should be used.
- Configure the Multicast Bootstrap router protocol using IPv4 and IPv6.
- Use VPN tunnelling policies to control connectivity for Network Connect and Junos Pulse clients.
- … and much more.
The best bit? The whole thing is FREE. “Money Can’t buy” advice for the princely sum of Zero Pence. The book (in PDF format) is available on the Juniper web site (free login required). Alternatively it is also available on the Kindle store (Amazon charge £1.38/$2.05 for distribution, we take no money) and is also on iTunes for £0.49/$0.99c (same deal) so you have a choice of evil corporate empires.
There is a tonne of good network and security theory combined with hardcore practicals by some of the finest minds in networking and me. Well don’t just stand there download it, now!