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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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An Overview of Policy-based Management

Policy-based management involves the following:

  • Developing a set of policies (rules) that describe the desired network configuration.

  • Baselining your current network. The baseline data is used to confirm that the network is capable of handling a particular policy, and for other tasks such as long-term planning.

  • Using tools that translate policies into individual device-configuration changes. These configuration changes can then be applied to the affected devices.

  • Reporting on whether the policy is being met. Whether the policy was not implemented correctly or a subsequent change undoes a previously implemented policy, you need a method to validate that things work as you expected. This validation is achieved ...

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