Understanding Data Sources

This section breaks out each network management task you'll want to implement and discusses the knowledge you'll want to have in your knowledge base to support these tasks. The order in which these tasks are discussed is in general the optimal order for performing them, but you may need to modify the sequence for your network.

Network Inventory

The first task you need to do to manage your network is to perform a network audit. Out of this audit, you will obtain the information required to create an inventory of your network. Performing this audit is covered in Chapter 1, “Conducting a Network Audit.” The information collected should include the following:

  • Device name

  • Device IP address(es)

  • Device location

  • Contact information ...

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