Can’t run pip3 on GNS3 network automation container


(Credit to Deam Tarumaki on Udemy)


Now(08 february 2020) network automation docker on GNS3 2.2.5 has been update to use python3.8.1 and there is a bug with pip3, when you will cannot use pip3 to install netmiko.


you should do with following steps.-

apt-get install python3.8
apt-get update

apt-get install python3.8-dev

apt-get install python3.8-distutils

apt-get install python3-pip

and then..

curl -o

now try to install netmiko again with this command

python3.8 -m pip install netmiko

these steps solved it for me.

CIPTV1 now available at INE!

I’m delighted to say that after lots of round the clock effort, my 1st CCNP Collaboration course is now available from INE. Here is the trailer for CIPTV1:

This course is intended for network and voice professionals looking to further improve their knowledge or prepare themselves for the CIPTV1 exam. In this course we will be looking at CUCM and VCS Dial Plan, Voice + Video Calling, IOS Gateway, Conferencing, QoS, On Cluster Calling with CUCM and Media Resources. This course will be delivered in lecture based format with plenty of hands on practical demonstrations.

Sign up for an All Access Pass to view the entire course!


So a little update from my side as things have been pretty quiet on the CCIE blog front…

Most of the spare time I have had has gone into preparing and recording the videos for the CCNP Collaboration Advanced Technologies v1 course for INE. It has been extremely challenging and of course time consuming. I have poured in hours and hours of round the clock effort for this project and have hit rockbottom a few times with technical issues with the lab and wanting to throw it out of the window! (The heatwave in the UK is so unbelievable that my server has been crashing due to overheating!!)

So it looks like CIPTV1 will be hitting the shelves at INE very soon (Mid August I hope) and CIPTV2 will follow soon after in September. Also CTCOLLAB and CAPPS will follow as soon as they are recorded.

CIPTV2 has certainly been the most challenging so far to produce, particularly with regards to the lab.. as getting VCS Control, Expressway, MRA etc is not the most straight forward thing to do and also various technical challenges! Got there in the end though and very happy with how things turned out.

Overall this has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life, finding the time and focus, as well as trying to do the 9-5 job and live a normal and healthy life with the family. But all of the ‘smallest violin stuff’ aside, this has been a rewarding experience that has up’d my overall UC skills and has put me in a much better place for the CCIE. I am extremely proud of this journey so far and I can’t wait to see the finished product. Over and out!

CAPPS Videos

So I decided to go ahead and do my own videos for the 300-085 CAPPS exam. Online training for this exam is basically non-existent and the official Cisco offering for CAPPS is not great in my opinion and only motivated me even more do my own thing. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I did making them.

A few things I wanted to bring to your attention if you are thinking of sitting the exam or watching my videos.

  • Please make sure you do not go into these videos thinking they are all you need to pass the exam. They are not enough and you will need a combination of methods and resources to pass the exam.
  • If there is 1 thing I am trying to get across in the videos, you need to focus on the exam topics and then get stuck into the resources available, such as Cisco dCloud, home labs and also all of the documentation available from Cisco.
  • I do not intend on making this videos for any financial reason or to make profit anywhere.
  • This videos are my own personal approach for preparing for the CAPPS exam only. Please do not blame me if you fail the exam after just watching my videos and doing nothing else.

Good luck everyone!



This topic describes conferencing in general.

Conferencing is used if there are more than two participants:

  • Multipoint meeting is a conference
  • Most often just video terminals (endpoints)
  • Also used in other use cases, for example, call recording
  • Different visual experiences such as Cisco ActivePresence, advanced continuous presence, voice-switched
  • Different conference types such as ad hoc, scheduled, and rendezvous

Conferencing occurs when more than two participants join a meeting with a voice or video device. The challenge is to have a consistent user experience in voice or video conferences and to select the correct conference resource, depending on the device, especially when mixing standard-definition and high-definition video devices.

The Cisco focus for the future is Cisco ActivePresence using Cisco TelePresence Server instead of multipoint control units with many different layouts.

Ad hoc conferences are impromptu meetings. They are not scheduled and do not require an administrator to initiate them. Ad hoc conferences are suitable for smaller, on-the-fly meetings. A point-to-point call that is escalated to a multipoint call is considered an ad hoc conference.

Rendezvous conferences are also called Meet-Me, permanent, or static conferences. These conferences require that endpoints dial into a predetermined number and are often used for recurring group meetings that involve different endpoints each time.

Scheduled conferences provide a guarantee that endpoints and multipoint resources will be available at a certain time. Endpoints join manually or are automatically connected by the multipoint resource.

Continuous Presence Layouts

  • More than 50 layouts, depending on the MCU

Cisco ActivePresence

  • Up to 9 ActivePresence windows per screen

The Cisco TelePresence MCU 5300 Series, for example, offers more than 50 layouts for continuous presence. All ports on this multipoint control unit also support advanced continuous presence.

The future trend is active presence supported by Cisco TelePresence Server. Cisco ActivePresence capability supports a full-screen immersive view of the primary speaker with an overlay of others who are participating in the call. ActivePresence is designed to maximize the large-scale immersive experience and is available on all ports of the Cisco TelePresence Server. The server interworks with Polycom RPX and TPX telepresence systems while preserving the full Cisco ActivePresence view. Four layout families are provided for single-screen endpoints, including panel-switched Cisco ActivePresence capability.

Up to 9 ActivePresence windows are supported on a single screen at one time. In a triple-screen system, a total of 27 ActivePresence windows are supported.