Apple in a Cisco world

I’m a network engineer by trade and one of the things that I absolutely must have in a laptop is console access. This isn’t a big deal aside from it being difficult to find a laptop with a serial port anymore. IOGear makes a very nice USB to Serial dongle that I’ve been happy with. I prefer Putty also, and there’s a serial port shim for it called wcons.d.

Ok, so that’s great and all, but what else must I have in a laptop. Unfortunately I must have Visio. Yep…has to be MS Visio too. That’s a real bummer when it comes to Apple because MS hasn’t released Visio for OS X. I doubt they ever will. So for diagram type applications I’m left with Omnigraffle. Omnigraffle is a pretty sweet product but it has one big flaw. It can only import Visio XML files.

So, please someone….ask someone at MS to port Visio. If I had Visio I’d get a Powerbook in a heartbeat. Hmm…maybe you don’t want to mention that to the MS folks.

Why’s that such a big deal? OS X is a great OS. Plus, the laptops are sweet! GE on the 15″ Powerbook! OS X would allow me to do all of the things I have to do in Linux in a VirtualPC machine now. TFTP server, FTP server, Apache…all available in OS X very easily, if I want.

Oh for Visio…

CallManager Installation steps

**These directions are for non-production, non-Cisco blessed lab configurations. My quess is that it’ll still work fine for production, but use it at your own peril!***

I’ve been installing CM on various servers lately and I’ve found that there’s a path that should be followed for best results. So, here it is:

Install win2k.
Install all MS patches from the WindowsUpdate site.
Run the registry hacks to allow it to install on anything.
Install Cisco’s OS-Update patch to get to 2000.2.7
Install Cisco’s OS-Update patch to get to 2000.2.7sr2
Install CM 4.0(1)
Install CM 4.0(2a) patch
Install CM 4.1(2) patch

I also found that one of the steps, I think the 4.0(2a) patch, likes it if you leave a cd in the drive. I just leave the CM install CD in there.

I haven’t tried the 4.1(3) update yet as the docs insist that 1gb of ram is required. Seeing as how I’m having sub-optimal performance on systems running 256mb of ram, I’d rather not push it at this point. When I can get a system closer to 1gb I’ll try upgrading it.