Re: off topic: managing flattening, switched networks

2000-03-01 14:54:57
Subject: Re: off topic: managing flattening, switched networks
From: "Joel A. Gerber" <joel.gerber AT USAA DOT COM>
To: nv-l AT lists.tivoli DOT com
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2000 13:54:57 -0600
We have Cisco switches, so we're using Cisco management products
(Essentials, Campus, etc.) in addition to NetView.  The only "extra" data
we're collecting is etherStats RMON MIBs from the mini-RMON agent in the
Catalyst 5000 switches.  We have done nothing extra to manage the VLANs or
ATM networks.  Fortunately, they are working well with few problems (the
need for management tools is greatly reduced if everything works).

Joel Gerber - I/T Networking Professional - USAA Information Technology Co.
- San Antonio, TX
* (210)456-4231         * mailto:Joel.Gerber AT USAA DOT com   "

-----Original Message-----
From:   Matt Ashfield [SMTP:mda AT UNB DOT CA]
Sent:   Tuesday, February 29, 2000 13:40
Subject:        off topic: managing flattening, switched networks

Hi All,

Not a specific Netview question, but one that I am hoping to gain some
opinions on. And since there are certainly enough skilled people in this
list, I figure there must be an equal amount of quality opinions.
As the networks I work with flatten from many routed networks, to only 3
switched networks (it's a long process, but we're getting there), the
question of management becomes much larger. No longer is it easy to isolate
where a specific problem is, as one subnet could be spread over a much
larger area than before. What are some things people are doing out there to
manage their switched networks. What type of data are you
collecting/monitoring, and is Netview the only tool you're using (I won't
tell anyone if you're using something else!).
Personally, we're running Netview 5.1.1, AIX 4.3.3, Nways 1.2.3. But we
really haven't been getting much useful info lately other than snmp stats
that we could get without any of this in the first place!

I look forward to any comments/suggestions

Matt Ashfield
mda AT unb DOT ca

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