The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group


The DFWCUG is an organization in Dallas TX that works with and helps organize new Cisco Users Groups in the US.

The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group


Our monthly meeting is always held at 6:30pm on the first Wednesday of each month... attendance is free but please become a member by signing up for our Meeting Announcements mailing list.



Our Next Meeting


Wednesday October 3, 2018


MRA Basic Configuration and Troubleshooting

This session will introduce one of the integral, money-saving features of the Cisco Collaborations Solution, Mobile and Remote Access(MRA). MRA extends office connectivity to on-the-go and remote employees, providing a seamless experience to customers when they are outside the enterprise network. This feature allows external Cisco Jabber mobile users and Cisco Telepresence endpoints to securely access video, voice, contents, voicemails, instant messaging(IM), and presence without the need to connect through a VPN. During the session, the basics of how MRA works, various deployment scenarios, Expressway basic configuration elements, DNS, and certificate requirements will be discussed. There will also be a deep dive to understand what configuration is required on CUCM, IM&P, firewalls, and endpoints(Jabber, TC/CE Endpoints, IP Phones). After this session, you will be able to configure and troubleshoot the MRA solution with ease and time to spare.



Victoria West, CCIE Wireless #49749

A CCIE Wireless with industry experience in voice and wireless technologies. Victoria has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology, and has worked for Cisco for 6 years. Along with supporting the technology, she is responsible for conducting trainings, technical writing, onboarding new employees, and mentoring new employees in the Collaboration TAC Team.

Swagata Bose, CCIE #40580 (Voice & Collaboration), CUSS, ITIL

A double CCIE and a dual Bachelor in Science(BS in IT and Mechanical) with over 8 years of industry experience of Cisco Solutions. Swagata is a backbone engineer at the Cisco Technical Assistance Center(TAC) and holds great expertise in Jabber, Cisco IM and Presence, Gateways, Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco Unity Connection, Cisco Unified Attendant Console. He holds a CCIE mentor badge and is trained in RHCE/RHCSA, Virtualization 101, PMP, PSP, Accent Neutralization and Technical Content Writing.


Victoria West


Swagata Bose


6:00-6:30 PM - Pizza dinner provided
6:30-9:00 PM - Presentations & Networking with your fellow packet-heads



Cisco's Richardson Campus
2200 E President George Bush
Building 5 - Bullwinkle Room - Enter on the South side to sign in
Richardson, TX

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Our Next Meeting Sponsor

DFWCUG welcomes
CSS Corp as our monthly meeting sponsor for October 2018



CSS Corp is a new age IT Services and Tech Support company that harnesses the power of AI, automation, analytics, cloud and digital to address customer needs. The company partners with leading enterprises to help realize their strategic business outcomes. Its team of 5,500 technology professionals across 17 global locations are passionate about helping customers differentiate and succeed. Founded in 1996, CSS Corp is a US-headquartered company known for offering cloud transformation, infrastructure modernization, digital and tech support services.



  • Winner of 2018 Stevie Awards for Innovation in Telecom Services
  • Recognized by NETGEAR as the 2018 Supplier of the Year
  • Winner of 2018 Big Data & Analytics Converge Award
  • Winner of 2017 NASSCOM Customer Service Excellence Award
  • Recognized by NOKIA as the 2017 Supplier of the Year Award
  • Winner of NASSCOM Digital Skills Award 2017
  • Winner of The Golden Globe Tigers Award 2017 for excellence in branding in business innovation
  • Winner of 2017 CMO ASIA Awards for brand excellence in IT/ITES category

Local Contact:

Mark Jacobs




Our Last Meeting


Wednesday September 5, 2018


Getting started with Network Automation using Python

Continuing the topic of Network Automation/NetDevOps, let's look a bit more on the practical side of using all this "new technology". Now that you've got Python up-n-running (thanks Beau Williamson-March2018), have some ideas of how to access devices to gather info and/or push config parameters using Netmiko (thanks Kirk Byers-April2018), and have some practical Python programming skills (thanks Matt Denapoli-August2018), let's delve deeper in the real-world details of pull and push aspects of Network Automation. We'll work with a mix of vendor gear, a mix of network operating systems that do and don't support REST API's, and some of the differences of what you can do with or without API's. There will be examples of running scripts from Windows/PyCharm/Python and Linux/Python.

This is a mini hand-on lab session so bring your laptop loaded with your Python tools and WLAN connect to an isolated lab system (no Internet access, totally isolated for this hands-on lab system). Not only will you write your own scripts (follow Jeff), you will also have the opportunity to access real equipment to validate your newly created scripts do work!

If you don't have a laptop with Python already installed, goto the DFW_CUG YouTube channel and watch Beau Williamson's presentation on March 7, 2018, to get you up-n-ready.


Jeff Carrell, Network Instructor - HPE Education Services

Jeff Carrell is a Network Instructor for HPE Education Services. Jeff facilitates many networking courses offered by HPE, serves as a SME for customized courses for specific customer requirements, and participates in course development.

Jeff is a frequent industry speaker, freelance writer, IPv6 Forum Certified Trainer, and prior to HPE was a network instructor and course developer to major networking manufacturers. He is a technical lead and co-author for the book, Guide to TCP/IP: IPv6 and IPv4, 5th Edition and lead technical editor on Fundamentals of Communications and Networking, Second Edition.


Jeff Carrell

Our Last Meeting Sponsor

DFWCUG thanks
GDH Consulting as our monthly meeting sponsor for September 2018



As leaders in the staffing industry, we at GDH work every day to understand the needs of our clients and find top talent to help clients achieve their goals. Our growth is based on a foundation of respect for both candidates and clients. Our daily ambition is, and will continue to be, placing the right talent in the right positions so that both employers and candidates get exactly what they need.

At GDH, we know that trust defines our ability to help clients and candidates find each other, and the value we place on that trust will remain—no matter what else changes or how much we grow. Candidates can rely on us in the most stressful of times, and clients know that our in-depth knowledge of their needs will result in the absolute best candidate placements for every job.

GDH has a 13+ year relationship with Cisco Systems, and is currently one of Cisco’s Preferred Services Partners for both Professional Services and Staff Augmentation. We manage one of the largest teams of Red Badge resources, and that team is continually growing. Any IT Professional interested in an opportunity to support one of the world’s leading technology companies, please contact your local GDH representative.

Alexis Nagy
Sr. Account Executive
972-535-2400 – Office
214-732-0180 – Cell




Future Meetings


Topic: Understanding and Depoying DMVPN

Speaker: Narbik Kocharians

Sponsor: TBD


Topic: Evaluating the Cybersecurity Landscape & Building a Defense In Depth Security Architecture

Speaker: David Swope

Sponsor: TBD


Topic: TBD

Speaker: TBD

Sponsor: TBD

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Cisco's Richardson Campus
2200 E President George Bush

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Building 5 is highlighted above... monthly meeting is held in the Bullwinkle Room