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FYI on a Network Management Tool Catalog: Tools for Monitoring and Debugging TCP/IP Internets and Interconnected Devices (RFC1147)

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Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Oct-24

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R.H. Stine: AUTHOR

Abstract

This catalog contains descriptions of several tools avail- able to assist network managers in debugging and maintaining TCP/IP internets and interconnected communications resources. Entries in the catalog tell what a tool does, how it works, and how it can be obtained. (Download file contains alternative document formats.)

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          Network Working Group                    R. Stine, Editor

          Request for Comments: 1147                   SPARTA, Inc.

          FYI: 2                                         April 1990

                   FYI on a Network Management Tool Catalog:

              Tools for Monitoring and Debugging TCP/IP Internets

                           and Interconnected Devices

          Status of this Memo

          The goal of this FYI memo is to provide practical informa-

          tion to site administrators and network managers.  This memo

          provides information for the Internet community.  It does

          not specify any standard.  It is not a statement of IAB pol-

          icy or recommendations.  Comments, critiques, and new or

          updated tool descriptions are welcome, and should be sent to

          Robert Stine, at stine@sparta.com, or to the NOCTools work-

          ing group, at noctools@merit.edu.

          Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

          1. Introduction

          This catalog contains descriptions of several tools avail-

          able to assist network managers in debugging and maintaining

          TCP/IP internets and interconnected communications

          resources.  Entries in the catalog tell what a tool does,

          how it works, and how it can be obtained.

          The NOCTools Working Group of the Internet Engineering Task

          Force (IETF) compiled this catalog in 1989.  Future editions

          will be produced as IETF members become aware of tools that

          should be included, and of deficiencies or inaccuracies.

          Developing an edition oriented to the OSI protocol suite is

          also contemplated.

          The tools described in this catalog are in no way endorsed

          by the IETF.  For the most part, we have neither evaluated

          the tools in this catalog, nor validated their descriptions.

          Most of the descriptions of commercial tools have been pro-

          vided by vendors.  Caveat Emptor.

          1.1 Purpose

          The practice of re-inventing the wheel seems endemic to the

          field of data communications.  The primary goal of this

          IETF NOCTools Working Group                         [Page 1]

          RFC 1147    FYI: Network Management Tool Catalog  April 1990

          document is to fight that tendency in a small but useful

          way.  By listing the capabilities of some of the available

          network management tools, we hope to pool and share

          knowledge and experience.  Another goal of this catalog is

          to show those new in the field what can be done to manage

          internet sites.  A network management tutorial at the end of

          the document is of further assistance in this area.

          Finally, by omission, this catalog points out the network

          management tools that are needed, but do not yet exist.

          There are other sources of information on available network

          management tools.  Both the DDN Protocol Implementation and

          Vendors Guide and the DATAPRO series on data communications

          and LANs are particularly comprehensive and informative.

          The DDN Protocol Implementation and Vendors Guide addresses

          a wide range of internet management topics, including

          evaluations of protocol implementations and network

          analyzers.* The DATAPRO volumes, though expensive (check

          your local university or technical libraries!), are good

          surveys of available commercial products for network manage-

          ment.  DATAPRO also includes tutorials, market analyses,

          product evaluations, and prediction...