Chapter 9. Network Management

Network management is an area often relegated to the final phase of network design, the one called, “I’ll think about it when I get time.” This is not a good approach, however, because the overall health of the network depends on network management.

Network management moves well beyond the concept of tools and techniques, and into building an environment in which anyone working on the network will know why things have been done the way they have, where the network is going, and how the network fits with the business. This chapter focuses on tools and techniques because these are the focus on the CCDE written examination, but a good network engineer will focus on a larger architectural plan.

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