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Network management technologies  |    A 5 day   hands on   training course

Network management technologies 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.

What will you learn
  • 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 course details

Network management technologies course content

  • 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.

  • *flow
  • 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
  • XML/NETCONF, JSON/RESTCONF, Protocol buffers/gRPC.
    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.

Learning path



Based on customer ratings

S. C. - QuinetiQ

"Good content, good lecture, good venue."

K. B. - Dover Harbour Board

"Course instructor knew the subject very well and answered all technical questions in an easy to understand manner. Excellent instructor! "

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.