Chapter 13. Network Management

Introduction

This chapter will present the decisions an infrastructure organization must make to manage IT networks, a nontrivial challenge in light of the diversity of current IT environments. Today’s networks come in a variety of sizes, scopes, and architectures, from a simple dual-node local network in your house to a sophisticated, encrypted network connecting tens of thousands of nodes worldwide.

There obviously is no single, detailed network management process that applies to all of the various network environments, but there are common elements of the process that apply to almost all network scenarios, and the decisions that shape this process is what we will concentrate on in this ...

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