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Performance and Fault Management by James M. Thompson, Kent J. Phelps, Robert L. Pavone, Christopher E. Elliott, Paul L. Della Maggiora

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The Importance of Network Audits

The purpose of a network audit is to accurately assess and document the current state of the network, its components, the people involved, and the human processes used. The audit, in effect, documents the purpose and priorities of the network. Without the audit, you must rely on people's memory, hearsay, and possibly out-of-date or inaccurately documented maps and databases.

Without proper documentation and understanding of how things change in the network, you cannot reliably deploy performance and fault network management. You must determine how all devices are connected to each other—both physically and logically—and where the network components are located. From this information, you can determine which devices, ...

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