If you do what you always did, you’re gonna get what you always got.
“Network management” is a fairly amorphous phrase that changes depending on the context in which you use it. When you’re talking about a person practicing good network management, you’re talking about someone who is good at change management, staffing practices, and so on.
Network management tools, as we discuss them in this chapter, are tools that allow you to perform both short- and long-term monitoring of network infrastructure gear, applications, and servers; and for some tools, to also perform simple configuration of these devices. (If you’re looking for more complex remote configuration of user workstations, see Hour 18 ...