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

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The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group

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The Dallas / Fort Worth Cisco Users Group is an independent users group which meets on the first Wednesday of each month for the open exchange of technical information regarding the networking industry and Cisco products for the benefit of Cisco users.
Our meetings are free to attend - all we ask is that you sign up via our membership / meeting announcements mailing list.

We also have a pizza buffet starting at 6:00 pm (no charge) with the main meeting starting at 6:30 pm.

Our Next 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

Sponsor for September 5, 2018

DFWCUG welcomes
GHD Consulting as our monthly meeting sponsor for September 2018





Our Last Meeting - Wednesday August 1, 2018

Python Language Fundamentals Workshop


Network Programmability is changing the way the network is managed and monitored. To take advantage of the benefits of this industry shift, network engineers need to “level-up” and learn the basics of software development; in particular the Python Programming Language. Don’t know Python? We’ve got you covered.

This workshop will cover all the essentials of the Python Language that you need to get started. This includes the Python Interpreter, Python Language Syntax, Collections, Loops and Script Structure and Execution. It will also work through using Libraries to perform common tasks (such as parsing JSON and other data formats) and will even provide an Introduction to Git. With all of this under your belt, you’ll be coding in Python in no time. Finally, you’ll also learn concepts and terminology for REST APIs, how to get started with REST APIs, how to use POSTMAN to test APIs, and how to create scripts that can access a REST API.

Attendees will need to bring their Laptops with the Python Interpreter and PyCharm already loaded and ready to use. Loading those tools was covered in the March DFWCUG “Getting Started with Python (For Network Engineers)” presentation by Beau Williamson. Please refer to that presentation for instructions for downloading and installing the Python Interpreter, PyCharm. We will also send out these instructions as well as any programming examples to be used by the presenter in the next DFWCUG Newsletter.


Matt Denapoli, Developer Evangelist at Cisco DevNet

Matt DeNapoli started his Cisco career in 2007 as a wireless support engineer. Over the course of the next 6 years, Matt worked in many capacities for the Cisco Developer Network, the precursor to today’s DevNet program. In 2013 he helped with the implementation of that program, acting as systems analyst, a metrics guru, a coder, a teacher, a systems engineer, and a developer evangelist…sometimes all at the same time! He’s proud to represent the DevNet program and utilize the DevNet Zone to inspire future developers.


The DFWCUG wishes to thank MpowerMe for being our meeting sponsor for August 2018

DFWCUG welcomes
MpowerMe as our monthly meeting sponsor for August 2018



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