Track 3 - Network Management

Track 3 – Network Monitoring and Management



This workshop is designed for engineers and system staff at ISPs and
large networks including academic networks who are involved with system management, network monitoring and management and problem response. The course is for those who need to manage diverse Network and NOC operations. The agenda of topics is presented below and labs constitute about 60% of the course.

Target Audience:

Network system administrators, engineers and technicians from Research Education Networks, Universities and ISPs who are responsible for network maintenance, planning and design.


  • Reasonable knowledge of the UNIX/Linux command line environment.
  • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP networking.

Program and further details in the spanish page


At the end of the workshop students will be able to:

  • Perform package installation and basic administration tasks via the
    Linux command line.
  • Perform basic Cisco IOS configuration tasks.
  • Configure the SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) on both Linux servers and Cisco networking equipment.
  • Install and configure LibreNMS to perform automated network
    monitoring and discovery functions.
  • Install and configure Smokeping to perform latency, round trip time,
    jitter and packet loss monitoring.
  • Install and configure Nagios to perform server and service monitoring and alerting.
  • Demonstrate techniques to deal with log (syslog) management.
    Collecting logs and monitoring them for patterns.


  • Install and configure Netdot to perform appropriate functions with
    regards Network Documentation and automated configuration generation
  • Install and configure Netflow and NfSen to perform traffic analysis
    and exploration.
  • Install and configure RANCID to preform network equipment
    configuration backup, change tracking & automation.
  • Install and configure RT (Request Tracker) to act as a ticketing
    systems for helpdesk / support.
  • Integrate Nagios with RT to enable automated ticket generation based
    on network management events.
  • And, most importantly, be able to understand the output of each of these tools to troubleshoot network issues as they arise.

Workshop Topics

  • Introduction to Network Monitoring and Management.
  • Recap of Linux command line use. Depending on class level this may be very basic to more in-depth. Potential topics include:
    Introduction to Linux, TCP/IP network essentials, Security essentials including SSH, Linux commands and the command line interface (CLI), Text editors (vi, nano, emacs), Linux permissions, Linux scripting basics, Apache web server configuration basics.
  • SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol).
  • Cisco IOS Configuration Basics.
  • DNS fundamentals and lab for purposes of monitoring.
  • Log management: Collecting logs, monitoring them, using forensic tools and pattern matching utilities to alert when there are problems:
    Syslog, Rsyslog, Tenshi, Logstash
  • Network Operation Center (NOCs).
    • Installation, configuration and understanding of output of some or all of the following network monitoring and management tools:
      Cacit: Graphing tool (including SNMP). Observium: Automated Network Monitoring and discovery. Smokeping: Latency/Round Trip Time, Jitter and packet loss Monitor. Nagios:Server and Service monitoring and alerting. LibreNMS: automated network monitoring tool. Netflow, NFSen: traffic analysis and exploration. RANCID: network equipment configuration backup, change tracking & automation including the use of SVNWeb. RT (Request Tracker): Ticketing systems for helpdesk / support and integration of RT and Nagios to automatically generate tickets.

    • Network Documentation: Netdot (Network Documentation Tool).
    • Exam, questionnaire and certificates.


    • Hervey Allen
    • Antonio Lobo
    • José Domínguez