Category Archives: How to guides

Reset a Cisco 2960 Switch To Factory Default Settings

Flattening a switch before re-deployment is one of those simple tasks that I always find myself having lookup on the web, so I thought I’d save myself some time in future and document it here. Step 1. Connect up your console cable and power on the switch, whilst holding down the “mode” button:     […]

Adventures in VOIP (or how to make Avaya phones & Cisco switches play nicely)

  I’m currently working on an Avaya VOIP implementation, and thought I’d blog about some of the configuration steps involved along the way. First of all let’s set the scene with a massively oversimplified network diagram that shows how things hook together.  We have a DHCP server and an Avaya CS1000E Communications Server, a Cisco […]

How To – Back up and restore Check Point SecurePlatform Gateways and Managemement servers

This blog post details how to back up and restore Check Point Security Management Servers and Security Gateways running on the SecurePlatform OS, on Open Server hardware. There are two types of backup available – Snapshot and Backup. **note** it is recommended to only carry out backup procedures during a maintenance window due to the […]

How To – Backup Check Point SPLAT Routing and Interface Information

A quick post showing how to save the routing and interface information from your Check Point Management Servers and Gateways running on the Secure Platform OS. Simply SSH onto the box and enter netstat -rn > routes.txt ifconfig > ifconfig.txt Copy the 2 txt files off the box and then also grab a copy of /etc/sysconfig/netconf.C […]

Check Point SecurePlatform CLI reference

To save me time searching for commonly used commands for administering Check Point SecurePlatform (SPLAT) based boxes, I’ve started to put together a list of them here:   General: chsh -s /bin/bash username – ensures that user “username” is dropped automatically into Expert Mode when logging in through the console fw ctl pstat (displays data […]