Policy Distribution Using Web Servers

An alternative to policy distribution using the standard specification based on LDAP, COPS, or SNMP is to develop a simple policy distribution scheme using Web servers and cgi-bin scripts. In some sense, this approach can be seen as a poor man's network management framework.

The advantage of the approaches based on LDAP, COPS, or SNMP was that they provided a single way to store and define policies for the various devices, using a schema, PIB, or MIB definition. However, three stages of translation are involved with any of these schemes. The management tool must convert its local representation of device-level policies into the schema/PIB/MIB representation. Then an agent on each of the devices must convert ...

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