Posts Tagged ‘Screenos’

I get this a lot in my field “I cannot ping the server, it must be down or a network issue”; however, I can log in and telnet to the machine and even RDP/SSH into the machine. Why is this? Simple, the machine is not responding to ICMP ECHO REQUESTS which is default behavior for some systems. Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 DO NOT respond to ping by default because their internal firewalls are set to NOT respond to ICMP ECHO REQUESTS. Therefore, the machine could show as DOWN because it doesn’t respond to ping but the machine could actually be alive and on the network.

I personally recommend allowing your machines to respond to ping because there are no benefits to not allowing it other than confusion that could arise from the unexpected. Hiding a PING response doesn’t provide more security because a TCP SYN scan could prove that your machine is alive and well if there are listening ports, among other methods of host discovery.

To put it simple, DO NOT RELY ON PING as a method of testing connectivity only.


There are numerous occasions where we would like to utilize a more “human” name to view our physical switchport and router port connections; however, I find that most people don’t maintain these names/descriptions in a proper manner. While this configuration has no bearing on the operation of the switch it will create confusion for those who have to read through the documentation. Read the rest of this entry »


Quote from Junipers facebook:

JUNOS TIP: Suppose you saw that your Alarm LED is red. Issue either the show
system alarm command or the show chassis alarm command.

One reason for chassis alarm is that the management port is not
connected. To clear this alarm, if you are not actually using the management
port, merely execute the following command: root@Junos#set
chassis alarm management-ethernet link-down ignore.

And one reason for the system alarm is that there is no rescue configuration
created. To fix this alarm, merely save a rescue configuration: root@
Junos#run request system configuration rescue save.
Let’s illustrate this:
root@Junos#run request system configuration rescue save