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NMS Primer 7: Going Beyond

We found out what an NMS does, we selected one, we implemented it, and we’ve been keeping the lights on. Our system is patched, up to date, and monitoring all our systems. We’re tweaking it as we go to deal with faults. This final post in our NMS Primer series looks at how we can get […]

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NMS Primer 6: Ongoing Feeding

We’ve covered what an NMS does, selecting an NMS, and some tips on implementing an NMS. But how do we keep an NMS up-to-date and relevant? Signs of a well-maintained NMS: Most Operations Engineers have the console up at their desktop. It’s just part of the routine to look at it each morning. When people […]

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NMS Primer 5: Implementation

We’ve covered what an NMS does, and provided some tips on selecting one. Now let’s assume you’ve chosen a system, and you’re about to start installing it. The exact steps you go through will vary, based upon your network, your goals, and your chosen product sets. Here’s a few things I’ve learned about implementing network […]

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NMS Primer 4: Main NMS Players

There are many different NMS products on the market, and it is difficult trying to select the right one. I see four main product groupings – it’s helpful to work out which general category suits you, then evaluate products from that smaller list. You can argue a bit about exactly where specific products fit in, and […]

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NMS Primer 3: Choosing an NMS

OK, so we’ve decided that we need an NMS. There are many different NMS products on the market, and digging through the details can be extraordinarily time-consuming. By working through a few key decision points, you can narrow down your choices. The key decision points are: Let’s look at those in more detail. What do […]

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NMS Primer 2: How Do They Work?

OK, we’ve now got a bit of an idea about WHAT an NMS might do for us. But HOW do they work? Here’s a quick overview of some of the protocols, tools and techniques used. SNMP SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is one of the oldest, mostly widely used protocols we have. It’s also widely despised, […]

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NMS Primer 1: What is an NMS?

This is the first in a short series of posts that will give a high-level view of what a Network Management System (NMS) is, how to go about choosing and implementing one, and requirements for ongoing care and attention. This will be reasonably generic – it’s not about the specific way to configure Product X […]

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