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Confessions of a Troubleshooting Junkie

Denise Fishburne writing on the Packet Pushers Blog comments:

“Hey Fish, how good are you at BFD? None of my BFD neighbors will come up.”

Two simple sentences and I am “hooked.”   I love troubleshooting!     Troubleshooting is just a blast for me!   It’s like being a Network Detective trying to figure out “whodunit”

As I sit down in front of the CLI and the diagram, I ask, “What is the routing protocol the BFD is for?”   The answer, admittedly, makes my heart sink a little.   This isn’t  just “BFD”, this is BFD for FabricPath ISIS.  I’m in no way, shape, or form a FabricPath subject matter expert. I don’t think I’m going to be able to help them. But I’ll try.

Troubleshooting is an art for sure. Watching someone like Fish talk through her process is enlightening. And a fun journey to boot!

Read more at: Confessions of a Troubleshooting Junkie

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Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a networking professional, blogger, and speaker on advanced technology topics. He is also an organizer for networking and wireless for Tech Field Day.  His blog can be found at

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