By using some simple concepts from network management and SNMP, it’s possible to quickly create some quite powerful Java DMK-based software tools. These tools can be used to keep an eye on troublesome corners of your network, while you get on with more interesting tasks. They might also help you troubleshoot in times of difficulty.
I’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible with Java DMK: You can employ notifications, create your own agents as well as managers, use browsers to access the management infrastructure, and more. However, perhaps more importantly, what we have seen on the one hand is the conceptual simplicity of network management, and on the other the potentially boundless complexity of running a network. Both endeavors must meet at a common boundary, and Java DMK provides a fertile ground for this.