About – The Author ‘Pete Long’

My name is Pete Long (Born 15/07/70) I live in Middlesbrough in the North East of England. I’ve worked in IT full time since leaving the forces (Royal Engineers) and retraining here

I’ve held first, second, and third line support roles. I’ve also been employed as both an IT project manager and Technical Consultant.PeteLong

I’m currently employed at Pulsant as a Technical Consultant. Providing technical pre-sales, and technical project management / delivery.

Main main area of expertise is Cisco Security Systems (ASA, FirePOWER,) Though I have deployed and worked with other vendors (Junos, SONICWALL, Smoothwall, Symantec SGS).

Bench building multiple vendor (Junos SRX, and Cisco ASA 5585-X) failover firewall and DMZ Solution


In addition I have extensive knowledge of the VMware product set (vSphere, Horizon, vCloud). And many years in Microsoft client/server deployments.

I also do a lot or work with Microsoft Exchange, and in addition to the posts here at PNL, You will find me active in a lot of Cisco, Microsoft and VMware online communities.

My current CV is available here.

My MVP Profile is here

I’m usually found here


Exam Number
Date Passed
VMCE 9.5Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE 9.5)14/02/2019
2V0-622DVMware Certified Professional 6.6 – Data Center Virtualization26/06/2018
300-115Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks07/06/2018
2V0-621DVMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization27/05/2016
300-208Implementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions27/11/2015
CMNACertified Cisco Meraki Network Associate17/07/2015
VCP550DVMware Certified Professional Data Center07/11/2014
650-575Life Cycle Services Advanced Security (LCSAS)04/04/2014
650-568Web Security for Field Engineers04/03/2014
070-414Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure29/08/2013
070-413Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure09/08/2013
070-417Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 201221/06/2013
642-637Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches01/03/2013
642-627Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System v7.013/12/2012
642-618Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Features20/09/2012
VCP510-DTVMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop06/06/2012
VCP510VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 505/04/2012
642-515Securing Networks with ASA (Advanced)14/10/2010
VCP410VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 411/12/2009
070-647PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator20/11/2009
642-524Securing Networks with ASA (Foundation)02/09/2009
070-643TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring19/08/2009
070-642TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration24/04/2009
070-640TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring06/02/2009
070-236TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Configuring06/06/2008
VCP310VMware Certified Professional on VI309/05/2008
070-620TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client15/04/2008
642-552Securing Cisco Network Devices (SND)07/09/2007
642-522Cisco Securing Networks with PIX and ASA (SNPA) 25/05/2007
070-297Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure 14/07/2006
070-294Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure12/05/2006
070-293Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure 31/03/2006
070-291Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure02/03/2006
250-502Symantec Firewall & Integrated Appliances Solutions27/01/2006
SY0-101Security+ CompTIA06/01/2006
070-290Managing and maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment09/12/2005
642-521Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced17/10/2005
640-607Certified Cisco Network Associate06/11/2002
50-653Certified Novell Administrator (5.1)15/04/2002
070-215Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server06/03/2002
070-210Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional10/10/2001
220-202A+ Operating Systems Technologies09/07/2001
220-201A+ Core Hardware Examination04/07/2001