Cisco and Microsoft jointly announced a new Windows on WAAS option for their Appliance. Through virtualization, the Cisco WAAS Appliance can actually run Windows 2008. The WAAS portion is what accelerates the applications over the WAN and the Win 2008 provides typical remote office networking services like DHCP, DNS, Active Directory (AD), and file sharing, without needing a full Windows Server.

Also, in the video below, you can learn how to install WAAS from a Cisco Engineer:


Check out the most powerful Cisco routers ever made

by David Davis on November 14, 2008

In my latest post, I cover the Cisco service provider lineup of routers such as the new ASR 9000, the ASR 1000, and the CSR-1. These are some amazingly powerful routers! These routers make our web surfing, IP TV, and phone calls possible. To learn about these very cool routers, read the full article at Check out the most powerful Cisco routers ever made

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Cisco To Buy $13M Stake in VMware

by David Davis on November 11, 2008

On the heels of an expanded relationship announced only last month, Cisco Systems Inc. and VMware Inc. are looking to get even cozier over time. Late last month, Cisco announced plans to take another stake in VMware — to the tune of $13.3 million (or 1.7 percent). Besides Cisco’s Nexus 1000V virtualization switch that integrates with VMware ESX Server “4.0”, Cisco now has a much larger stake in the success of VMware.

For more information, read these stories about the enhanced partnership between VMware and Cisco:


Just a short informational post to all members…

I have made the decision to close the forums and redirect these to a partner site, the Petri IT Knowledgebase. I have partnered with the Petri Knowledgbase Forums because it has a rich community of members and so many experts that donate their time and expertise to help others.

I appreciate all the HappyRouter members who have registered and answered questions over the years. I hope that you will take a moment to register at the Petri Knowledgebase and take a look around. I think that you will find, like I did, that it has so much to offer.

I encourage you to visit the Petri IT Knowledgebase Forums (free registration required).

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On routers with large running configurations, the parser cache is used to speed up the “parsing” of that IOS configuration when the configuration is accessed and processed by the router. David Davis explains what the parser cache does and how it can help you. To read the full article, see Learn how the Cisco IOS parser command can speed up response time


In my latest article, I covered a new Cisco IOS feature used to prevent multipe admins from making changes on a Cisco router IOS, at the same time. This could prevent downtime and outages due to partially implemented or conflicting configurations. Read how to configure the new Cisco IOS configuration lock in my latest article.


In David’s latest article, he covers the errors and issues when installing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V integration services on a Vista virtual guest machine. Specifically, the error: “Unsupported guest OS: the specified program requires a newer version of windows”.

To read the full article, please see: Hyper-V Integration Services Requires a Newer Version of Windows Vista


SolarWinds free VM Monitor makes it easy to quickly check the health of your VMware ESX server by monitoring CPU, memory utilization, virtual machine status. The Petri IT Knowledgebase has recently made this tool available to all site visitors. To download your free VM Monitor tool, just visit: Monitor VMware ESX Server Performance for free – VM Monitor


Every admin is familiar with the well-known troubleshooting commands ping and traceroute. In David’s latest article, he shows you how to use these commands in their extended versions to become an expert at troubleshooting your Cisco network.

To read the full article, visit: Use extended ping and extended traceroute to better troubleshoot your Cisco network


In David’s latest article, he explains how the new network management platform, PacketTrap Perspective, can help you better manage your Cisco network. Topics include:

  • What is the PacketTrap Perspective?
  • How is Perspective different?
  • How can Perspective help Cisco network Admins?

You can read the full article at: How can PacketTrap Perspective help you manage your Cisco network?