TCP/IP network management functions are most normally connected with the key protocol responsible for implementing the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Many people have heard of SNMP, and it is common for SNMP to be considered the way that network management is performed in TCP/IP. This is true to an extent, but is really an overview. The actual SNMP protocol is only one part of a higher-level network management strategy called the Internet Standard Management Framework. In order to really understand how SNMP works, we need to first have some experience on the way this network management is structured as a whole. The Internet Standard Management Framework includes all of the technologies that comprise the TCP/IP network management solution. The SNMP Framework consists of a number of architectural components that defines how management information is planned, how it is stored, and how it is exchanged using the SNMP protocol. This Framework is derived from and builds upon both the original Internet-standard Management Framework (SNMPv1) and the second Internet-standard Management Framework (SNMPv2). All versions (SNMPv1, SNMPv2, and SNMPv3) of the Internet Standard Management SNMP Framework share the same basic structure and components. Furthermore, all versions of the specifications of the Internet Standard Management Framework follow the same architecture. The Framework also describes how the different components suits together, how SNMP is to be implemented in network devices, and how the devices interact. The Internet Standard Management Framework has many components. The purpose of this document is to describe effective ways of applying those components to the problems of configuration management.
Architecture of the Internet Standard Management Framework:
The specifications of the Internet-Standard Management...