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.


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


José Domínguez
Carlos Vicente


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

Laboratory assistants

Richard Lobo
Gerly Duarte


  Network Management Concepts.
  Performance Analysis
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.
    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.
Best Practices.
  Network Documentation.
    Devices, topology, Cable Plant, IP address space, etc.
Exercises: Netdot (?).
  Help Desk
Exercises: RT (Request Tracker).
    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.


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


30 Participants
40 Hours