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Network management technologies

A 5 day
training course

Network management technologies training course description

A comprehensive tour of the available network management technologies available for todays networks. After defining network management the course moves onto basic tools such as nmap that can be used to manage networks. SNMP is then covered in detail followed by the *flow technologies and streaming telemetry. SDN is then covered with course culminating with network automation and configuring networks with ansible. Hands on sessions are used to reinforce the theory rather than teach specific manufacturer equipment.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Evaluate numerous network technologies.
  • Use Nmap.
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of SNMP.
  • Compare and contrast *flow and technologies.
  • Explain the role of SDN and NfV.
  • Automate network configuration with ansible.

Network management technologies training course details

Who will benefit:
Those wishing to manage networks.
Intro to data comms
5 days

Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning. Hands on sessions are used throughout to allow delegates to consolidate their new skills.

Overall rating:

Customer reviews

"Course instructor knew the subject very well and answered all technical questions in an easy to understand manner. Excellent instructor! "
K. B. Dover Harbour Board
"Good content, good lecture, good venue. "
S. C. QuinetiQ

Network management technologies training course contents

Day 1: Basic network management

Network management
What is network management? Benefits, issues. FCAPS model. Fault management, Configuration management, accounting, performance, security. What to manage, what not to manage. Managing network devices, managing servers.

Traditional network tools
Ping..., SSH, syslog, TFTP for configurations. nmap. Wireshark. Web based management. Splunk. Nessus, snort, Kali.
Hands on: syslog, network inventories.

What is SNMP?
SNMP architecture, SNMP MIBs, SMI, the SNMP protocol, polling security.

Configuring SNMP
Auto discovery for management stations, NMS configuration, agent configuration, traps.
Hands on: Configuring agents and a NMS.

Day 2: Monitoring with SNMP

SNMP versions
SNMP history, RFCs, standards, SNMP protocol versions, SNMPv1, SNMPv2, SNMPv3, SNMP security, SMI versions, which version should you use? Futures.
Hands on: SNMPv3.

MIB structure
WThe internet MIB branch, standard mib-2, extra parts of mib-2, private enterprise MIBs, loading extra MIBs.
Hands on: MIB browsing.

SNMP summary
What SNMP is good at. What SNMP is bad at. Review of network management systems.

Day 3: Performance management

Server management
Microsoft, Linux, application polling. WMI vs SNMP.
Hands on: Application polling.

Polling, push vs pull, netflow, sflow, IPFIX, *flow. Streaming telemetry. Flows. Where to monitor traffic. Comparing *flow with SNMP.

NetFlow architecture
Generators and collectors. When flows are exported. NetFlow reporting products. SolarWinds.
Hands on: Netflow configuration. Collectors.

*flow export formats
Hands on: Packet analysis.

Day 4: Software Defined Networks

Classic SDN
What is SDN? benefits. SDN architecture. SDN applications, SDN switches, SDN controllers, Network Operating Systems. Control plane, data plane. Northbound interfaces. SDN components. Southbound interfaces. OpenFlow. ONF, OpenFlow ports, Flow tables.

Network virtualization
Virtual networks, virtual switches, NfV. Service chaining. NfV and SDN.

SDN implementations
Classic SDN, Hybrid SDN, SDN via APIs, SDN via overlays. Data centre SDN, VXLAN, Service Provider SDN, SD WAN, Enterprise SDN, WiFi.

SDN and open source
OpenDaylight, OpenVSwitch, Open Networking Forum, Open Network Operating System.
Hands on: OpenStack.

Day 5: Automating network configuration

What is Devops?
Programming and automating networks, Devops for network operations. chef, puppet, ansible, saltstack, GNS3, Jenkins.

Configuration management
Hands on: NETCONF.

Ansible and automating network configuration
Ansible architecture, Controlling machines, nodes, Agentless, SSH, modules. Inventories, playbooks, modules, network modules, jinja2 templates.
Hands on: Installing ansible, configuring network devices with ansible.

Network automation
Programming models and options, Python, Git and Github. Python network modules, ncclient, pysnmp, SSH, paramiko, netmiko, NAPALM.
Hands on: Python with network modules.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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