IAB recommendations for the development of Internet network management standards (RFC1052)
Original Publication Date: 1988-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
During its development history, the community of researchers, developers, implementors and users of the DARPA/DoD TCP/IP protocol suite have experimented with a wide range of protocols in a variety of different networking environments. The Internet has grown, especially in the last few years, as a result of the widespread availability of software and hardware supporting this system. The scaling of the size and scope of the Internet and increased use of its technology in commercial applications has underscored for researchers, developers and vendors the need for a common network management framework within which TCP/IP products can be made to work.
Network Working Group V. Cerf
Request for Comments: 1052 NRI
IAB Recommendations for the Development of
Internet Network Management Standards
Status of this Memo
This memo is intended to convey to the Internet community and other
interested parties the recommendations of the Internet Activities
Board (IAB) for the development of network management protocols for
use in the TCP/IP environment. The memo does NOT, in and of itself,
define or propose an Official Internet Protocol. It does reflect,
however, the policy of the IAB with respect to further network
management development in the short and the long term. Distribution
of this memo is unlimited.
At the IAB meeting on 21 March 88 in videoconference, the report of
the Ad Hoc Network Management Review Committee was reviewed. The
recommendations of the committee were endorsed by the IAB and
direction given to the chairman of the Internet Engineering Task
Force to take the necessary steps to implement the recommendations.
The IAB expressed its gratitude for the efforts of the HEMS, SNMP and
CMIP/CMIS working groups and urged that parties with technical
interest in the outcome of the network management working groups
convey their ideas and issues to the relevant working group chairmen.
The IETF chairman was directed to form two new working groups, one of
which would be responsible for the further specification and
definition of elements to be included in the Management Information
Base (MIB). The other would be responsible for defining extensions
to the Simple Network Management Protocol to accommodate the short-
term needs of the network vendor and operator communities. The
longer-term needs of the Internet community are to be met using the
ISO CMIS/CMIP framework as a basis. A working group of the IETF
exists for this work and would continue its work, coordinating with
the two new groups and reporting to the IETF chairman for guidance.
The output of the MIB working group is to be provided to both the
SNMP working group and the CMIS/CMIP ["Netman"] working group so as
to assure compatibility of monitored items for both network
The IAB recommends that the Simple Network Management Protocol be
adopted as the BASIS for network management in the short-term.
Extensions may be required to the existing SNMP specification to
accommodate additional data types or to deal with functional or
performance issues arising as multiple SNMP implementations are
deployed and applied, especially in multi-vendor applications.
The SNMP working group constituted by the IETF is charged with
considering requirements not met by the present SNMP definition,
defining extensions, if necessary, to accommoda...