FYI on a Network Management Tool Catalog: Tools for Monitoring and Debugging TCP/IP Internets and Interconnected Devices (RFC1147)
Original Publication Date: 1990-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Oct-24
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
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.)
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 email@example.com, or to the NOCTools work-
ing group, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
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
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.
The practice of re-inventing the wheel seems endemic to the
field of data communications. The primary goal of this
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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...