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The Importance of Network Configuration Management and Network Performance Monitoring

Most companies of today are now running through IT based network systems, which greatly help them in efficiently performing various complex tasks, and effectively deliver high quality services to their clients. However, these network systems commonly experience various changes. And these changes sometimes have negative effects or influences to the overall function of the system. In order to avoid these unwanted circumstances, network configuration management is needed.

As long as you run your system with network configuration management, you are able to have full control over various changes on your network devices’ configuration. In this type of management, you are provided with all the necessary tools in generating changes. From these tools, you are also able to take back the changes you have made whenever they are proven to be ineffective.

Without the use of a network configuration management, the task can be a lot harder to deal with. All the changes that you made are not automatically documented. And if the changes you have made are unsuccessful, you will be forced to recall all the specific changes you have made.

Network configuration management also provides a sense of coordination and rhythmic work throughout the entire system. It is inevitable that simultaneous configuration changes are being made over various devices on the system. Troubleshooting specific changes on a device can be hard unless you have the said right management tool.

On the other hand, network performance monitoring is vital to further enhance the overall performance of the system. Analyzing important details like on resource utilization and network traffic is its main function. This is of great importance as these details have direct effects on both the hardware and software for the network.

In conducting network performance monitoring, there are certain tools that you can use. The most widely used are those that are being provided by Windows 2000. This includes the System Monitor and the Network Monitor. The main function of the System Monitor is to track network throughput and resource utilization. Network Monitor on the other hand, utilizes captured network traffic in order to track network throughput.

These certain tools that can be used in making network performance monitoring don’t have the same installation preferences. The System Monitor requires both Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server while the Network Monitor needs windows 2000 Server alone. Furthermore, the network monitor is mainly used to track local traffic.

Aside from the ones mentioned above, there are still other tools that you can use in monitoring network performance. However, it is also important to make sure that the tools that you want to use are proven to be most effective and most efficient.

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