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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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Conducting a Connectivity Audit

Understanding how devices are logically and physically associated with each other is the next step of a network audit. Without tracking this information, you can never be sure what the true source of traffic to a device can be. It makes a huge difference whether traffic coming into a switch is from a server, user, or another switch. When deciding which ports to monitor in the network, you may mistakenly choose not to monitor a particular port because you thought it was a user port, when in fact it was the mainframe connection.

Unfortunately, after the audit is complete, you must maintain the currency of the documentation. The nature of business is that people move (and so do their connections), devices move, and ...

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