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, and Technical Architect.PeteLong

I’m currently employed at Pulsant as a Technical Architect. Providing technical pre-sales, and solution design.

In my past (as a consultant) my main main area of expertise was 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 have done 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

Understanding Cisco Network Automation Essentials


Cisco SD-WAN Operation and Deployment 


Cisco Certified Network Professional (Security)
Cisco Certified Network Associate (Route and Switch)
Cisco Certified Specialist – Network Security Firepower
Cisco Certified Specialist – Network Security VPN Implementation
Cisco Certified Specialist – Security Core
Cisco Certified Specialist – Security Identity Management Implementation
Cisco Certified Specialist – Web Content Security

VMCE 9.5 Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE 9.5) 14/02/2019
2V0-622D VMware Certified Professional 6.6 – Data Center Virtualization 26/06/2018
300-115 Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks 07/06/2018
2V0-621D VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization 27/05/2016
300-208 Implementing Cisco Secure Access Solutions 27/11/2015
CMNA Certified Cisco Meraki Network Associate 17/07/2015
VCP550D VMware Certified Professional Data Center 07/11/2014
650-575 Life Cycle Services Advanced Security (LCSAS) 04/04/2014
650-568 Web Security for Field Engineers 04/03/2014
070-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure 29/08/2013
070-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure 09/08/2013
070-417 Upgrading your skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012 21/06/2013
642-637 Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches 01/03/2013
642-627 Implementing Cisco Intrusion Prevention System v7.0 13/12/2012
642-618 Deploying Cisco ASA Firewall Features 20/09/2012
VCP510-DT VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop 06/06/2012
VCP510 VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 05/04/2012
642-515 Securing Networks with ASA (Advanced) 14/10/2010
VCP410 VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 11/12/2009
070-647 PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator 20/11/2009
642-524 Securing Networks with ASA (Foundation) 02/09/2009
070-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring 19/08/2009
070-642 TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration 24/04/2009
070-640 TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring 06/02/2009
070-236 TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Configuring 06/06/2008
VCP310 VMware Certified Professional on VI3 09/05/2008
070-620 TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client 15/04/2008
642-552 Securing Cisco Network Devices (SND) 07/09/2007
642-522 Cisco Securing Networks with PIX and ASA (SNPA) 25/05/2007
070-297 Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure 14/07/2006
070-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure 12/05/2006
070-293 Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure 31/03/2006
070-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure 02/03/2006
250-502 Symantec Firewall & Integrated Appliances Solutions 27/01/2006
SY0-101 Security+ CompTIA 06/01/2006
070-290 Managing and maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment 09/12/2005
642-521 Cisco Secure PIX Firewall Advanced 17/10/2005
640-607 Certified Cisco Network Associate 06/11/2002
50-653 Certified Novell Administrator (5.1) 15/04/2002
070-215 Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Server 06/03/2002
070-210 Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional 10/10/2001
220-202 A+ Operating Systems Technologies 09/07/2001
220-201 A+ Core Hardware Examination 04/07/2001