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• Demonstration of network management implementation – The only book available that focuses on demonstration and includes the management software used by the author to do those demonstrations.

–       Instructors can use the text/art material to show how any concept being taught is implemented.

–       Students can practice concept implementation at any time.

• State-of-the-art, easy-to-use commercial Network Management software for student use included:

–       Features clear Users Manual screens and Help screens that can be used directly by instructors in PowerPoint demonstrations.

–       Focuses on network management fundamentals, making it an ideal vehicle for instructors to build network management courses at any level of difficulty.

• A chapter devoted to SNMPv3 – Explains the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard specifying the secure network management protocol.

–       Demonstrates configuration of SNMPv3 agents on network devices (the first text to do so).

–       Implements network management packet authentication and encryption using this agent and a network management system.

• Configuration of SNMPv3 network management commands – Enables instructors to show students how to configure authenticated and/or encrypted SNMPv3 commands to Get or Set scalar and table data.

• Coverage of a GUI tool that generates authentication and encryption keys – Familiarizes both instructors and students with a tool that eliminates the need for software described in the standard to create authentication and encryption keys.

• Tables that list network implementation decisions to produce reliable, cost-effective implementations – Gives instructors a list of topics on which to base lectures.

• Classification of current NSM tools according to functionality and cost.

• Pedagogical aids that include approximately 296 figures and 78 tables to guide students through the implementation of concepts.

– Instructors can use these figures as is to develop overheads or PowerPoint slides.

• Consistent chapter pedagogy:

–       Chapter Review Questions test students’ knowledge of the principal concepts in each chapter. These are similar to questions that would be asked on a class test or certification test.

Exercises challenge students’ abilities to work through a set of steps to complete a task and arrive at a solution similar to those found in a work enviroment.The first text that demonstrates implementation of the networking management concepts presented.

  • Teaches students by using real network management software provided by the book.

  • Desktop and network device configuration.
    • Provides students with step-by-step configuration recipes to follow that minimize confusion during the first learning stages.

  • SNMP Management Information Base (MIB) and the definition of MIB objects—Using the network management software to explain the concepts.
    • Offers students the fundamentals of how information about a device is defined and shows how the management software is configured and used to get real values for device parameters. Also shows students how to access and use MIBs that are developed by vendors for their specific devices.

  • Extensive tables—Gives a large number of examples of what is involved in implementing the five ISO network management categories.
    • Provides students with reminders of what needs to be considered when planning a networking management strategy for an organization. Provides instructors with lists of topics from which to choose for emphasis and demonstrations.

  • Review questions and exercises—Including highlights of key proactive management techniques.
    • Provides students with further demonstrations of the chapter concepts and gives them the opportunity to assess their understanding of the information.

  • Remote Network Monitoring (RMON) MIB groups used to monitor and manage network traffic—With demonstrations accessing real network traffic parameters.
    • Provides students with an exciting opportunity to see how network management systems are used in the real world.

  • RMON II groups and their use.
    • Provides the professor with the opportunity to teach the latest SNMP standard MIBs. Enables students to relate this capability to current traffic monitoring needs such as Service Level Agreements and Application Traffic.

  • Non-SNMP network management tools and advanced management tools.
    • Gives students a perspective on other network management concepts and demonstrates the implementation of some of them.

  • Fault management and configuration management.
    • Illustrates how configuration of alarms enables pro-active fault management.

  • Secure SNMPv3.
    • Provides the new security features and uses software to demonstrate them.


  • Copyright 2004
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 544
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-032950-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-032950-9

The mysteries and magic of network management are revealed and simplified in this eminently practical text. The author's participatory, hands-on method introduces and demonstrates the fundamental concepts and techniques of network management. By combining applicable software with almost 400 figures and tables, Dr. Burke leads the reader through the intricacies and challenges of this increasingly important field. The text and software focus on device configuration and monitoring of network traffic. and address fault, configuration, performance, and security management.

This is the first textbook that shows students and professionals how to implement network management concepts. The companion software enables instructors to demonstrate basic techniques while allowing students unlimited practice opportunities to master them. A multitude of tables illustrate network implementation and management strategies.

  • Provides step-by-step configuration of desktop and network devices.
  • Explains the use of SNMP packets to "Get" and "Set" standard objects.
  • Comprehensively discusses RMON and RMON2 MIBs and uses them to display and analyze network traffic.
  • Explains the new SNMPv3 standard and demonstrates how to use it to configure SNMPv3 agents and provide authentication and encryption of SNMPv3 messages.
  • Demonstrates desktop and Web-based management protocols.
  • Demonstrates how to access, compile and use device-specific enterprise MIBs.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

 1. Networking Components.

 2. Overview of Network Management.

 3. Network Management Strategies.

 4. Configuration Client/Server Components.

 5. Configuration: Infrastructure Components.

 6. SNMP.

 7. MIBs.

 8. RMON.

 9. RMON2.

10. Desktop Managements.

11. Web-based Managements.

12. Network Management Initatives.

13. Secure SNMPv3.

Appendix A: IP Addressing and ARP.

Appendix B: Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1).

Appendix C: RFC 1213 “Management Information Base for Network Management of TCP/IP-based Internets: MIB-II.”

Appendix D: ASN.1 Basic Encoding Rules (BER).

Appendix E: Information Management Initiatives.

Appendix F: Additional Meterware Tools.


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