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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: 2019-Feb-11

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R.H. Stine: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1147: DOI

Abstract

The goal of this FYI memo is to provide practical information 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 policy or recommendations. [Also FYI 2.] This catalog contains descriptions of several tools available 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.

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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

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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...

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