Tutorial: Network Management

When: Monday, 27 February 2012
Time: 09:00 - 12:30 (UTC +5:30)
Where: Room 292
Instructors: Hervey Allen and Phil Regnauld

Tutorial Slides

In this tutorial we will cover the core concepts of what it means to monitor and manage a network. The concepts presented apply for networks of any size. These will include:

What we monitor:

  • Systems and Services
  • Resources
  • Network performance
  • Changes and configurations

Why we do this:
  • Upgrades
  • Audits
  • History
  • Accounting
  • Problem detection (attacks, hardware failures, capacity limits)
  • Trends

What we keep track of
  • Network statistics
  • Faults (intrusion detection)
  • Use of ticketing systems
  • Baselining
  • Load
  • Jitter
  • Usage
  • Noise

We will be demonstrating tools that help document availability, performance and reliability. In addition we will cover some practical router configuration specifics for proper and secure access, to enable network flows (NetFlow), export of logging messages to a central logging server and to allow for backup of router configurations using tools such as RANCID. Each of the client tools will be demonstrated as well, such as (in alphabetical order):

  • Nagios
  • Netdot
  • w/ Graylog2
  • WebSVN

At the end of the tutorial the attendee should have an idea of the nature of what it takes to monitor and manage a network and an understanding of the tools available in the Open Source world that run under Linux and UNIX. Note that these tools are used to monitor Windows clients and servers just as effectively as Linux and UNIX machines.

Key Info


Ashok Hotel,
New Delhi, India


21 February - 2 March 2012


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Program includes:

Technical workshops, Tutorials, and Conference streams.