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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 Documentation

Unless you were lucky enough to build your network from the start, chances are that you inherited an “organically grown” network. Perhaps different independent networks were built years ago and subsequently connected to the corporate net, or different organizations have had control over parts of the network and turned over their control to your organization. Or perhaps your group has grown the network over the years but has not documented the changes. However your network has grown, trying to manage it without understanding where devices are and how they're connected can be extremely difficult.

Documenting and tracking the physical inventory and logical connectivity will not only simplify the task of implementing ...

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