Remembering Network Devices

A few years back when starting a new role providing 3rd Level support for an international network with over one hundred devices in my remit, it became apparent very quickly I was going to struggle to remember all the IP addresses in a few days or even the host names for that matter. There was no standard tools being use to connect all the devices, Windows XP telnet seem to be the tool of choice.

Most of the devices had some standards naming conventions. Like site code and type of device. So Lon_SW1 would be switch 1 in London. I decided to dust of my scripting skills and make life easier for myself.

Network Monitoring: SNMP knows stuff

Some packet generator are more important than others and indeed while a packet is just a packet for us network people if the packets stop moving around the network the way they should it can be a great cause for alarm. I have a customer with such a packet generating devices and it chucks out a 600k udp multicast stream (a single UDP payload) every 5 seconds and if this screws up for any reason then the application is not happy and hundreds of users are very upset. If the packets stop for any length of time then a Severity 1 incident is raised and the customer needs an ass to kick.