Objectives

This course is designed to give students a structured theoretical basis on the subject of Network Management. In addition, it will transmit experimental knowledge aquired through the operation of large IP networks. Contents include discussions regarding the alternatives of open source tools available, and the opportunity to install and operate a number of them.

Pre-requisites

Familiarity with the GNU/Linux operating system. Understanding of TCP/IP and Ethernet protocols.

Coordinator

José Domínguez
Carlos Vicente


Instructors


José Domínguez
Carlos Vicente
Hervey Allen
Javier Contreras
Eduardo Diez y Riega

Laboratory assistants


Richard Lobo
Gerly Duarte

Content

  Network Management Concepts.
  Performance Analysis
    Concepts
Types of delay: processing, queuing, transmission, propagation, end-to-end.
Basic measurements: throughput (bps), packets (pps), Round Trip Time (RTT) and its variation (jitter), packet loss, availability.
TCP/UDP performance
  Node Analysis:
    Exercises: top, netstat, lsof, tcpdump, ethereal, iptraf, etc.
  Management Protocols:
    SMI, MIB, ASN.1, etc.
SNMP: A Comparison of versions (1, 2 y 3).
Exercises: Net-SNMP , Mbrowse.
  Monitoring
    Active tools: Nagios , Sysmon.
Passive tools: syslog , snmptrapd , snmptt , SEC.
  Configuration Management
    Automating Provisioning.
Change control.
Brief introduction to Perl for system administration.
Exercises: RANCID , Subversion , m4, cfengine.
  IP Address Space Management.
    Concepts.
Best Practices.
  Network Documentation.
    Devices, topology, Cable Plant, IP address space, etc.
Exercises: Netdot (?).
  Help Desk
    Concepts.
Exercises: RT (Request Tracker).
  Measurements
    An introduction to measurement tools. Comparison.
Introduction to RRDTool.
Exercises: [ Netviewer|Cacti|Cricket|RTG ].
Exercises: OWAMP, Iperf, etc.
Introduction to NetFlow.
Cisco router configuration for NetFlow.
Exercises: FlowTools , Flowscan.
Exercises : Ntop.
RTP/RTCP Statistics.
  Future Challenges
    Anomaly Detection.
Integration of tools.
Evolution of Network Management Protocols.

Methodology

Materials: Presentations and discussions in class.
Practice: Practical exercises will include the installation and configuration of Network Management open source tools.

Capacity

30 Participants
40 Hours