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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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Conduct a Physical Inventory Audit

The first step in a network audit is to identify physical network assets. The audit provides a nice side benefit because you can collect the device asset information. If your company requires the collection and reporting of asset information, you'll be able to do both with the same effort.

A physical inventory audit consists of the following:

  • Documenting the wiring closet locations

  • Documenting the wiring

  • Documenting the network devices

  • Documenting the servers

  • Documenting the key users

Where Are Your Wiring Closets?

It's 2 a.m. and the network is down; do you know where your wiring closets are? Surprisingly, some enterprises would have to answer “no” to this question.

You must document the location of each wiring ...

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