Video tutorials on Internet management

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Several new SNMP / Internet Management tutorials have been recently created. These new tutorials are stored on YouTube and linked via this page. In addition, many early tutorials are available as Podcasts as well as REAL (SMIL) format. These tutorials have initially been created as REAL media presentations, and have been been converted to podcasts. Note that the contents was created a few years ago, and some parts require updates..

Network Management Principles (YouTube video)

This tutorial explains the principles behind Network Management and introduces the terms Manager, Agent, Management Protocol (such as SNMP), Management Information Base (MIB), polling and Distributed Management.

Total time of the tutorial: 9:45

SNMP / Internet Management History (YouTube video)

In this tutorial we’ll present the history behind the development SNMP. We’ll interview key SNMP developers, such as Dan Romascanu and Bert Wijnen, to better understand why CMIP/CMOT failed and development of SNMPv3 was needed.

Total time of the tutorial: 11:21

SNMP / Internet Management Goals (YouTube video)

In this tutorial we’ll explain some of the original goals behind the design of the Internet Management framework, and SNMP in particular. The tutorial concludes with a discussion regarding the decision to run SNMP over UDP.

Total time of the tutorial: 10:27

SNMP / Internet Management Standards (YouTube video)

In this tutorial we’ll provide a short overview of the Internet Management Standards Framework. We’ll discuss the three main types of standards: the Management Information Bases (MIBs), the Structure of Management Information (SMI) as well as the protocols to exchange management information (SNMPv1 - SNMPv3)

Total time of the tutorial: 4:46

Management standards (Podcast, REAL)

Overview and history of the ISO, ITU-T, IETF and DMTF management standards. It presents CMIP/CMIS, TMN and SNMP, and discusses the main differences between these approaches.

Total time of the tutorial: 33:13 - Size of the Podcast: 38 MB / REAL-ZIP file: 19MB

Introduction to SNMP (Podcast, REAL)

Goals, principle operation, structure and standards.

Total time of the tutorial: 12:08 - Size of the Podcast: 14 MB / REAL-ZIP file: 7MB

Structure of Management Information - SMI (Podcast, REAL)

Structure of Management Information (Versions 1 and 2). After an introduction it discusses scalar objects (naming, instances, definition) and table objects (definition). Textual conventions and notification types are introduced too.

Total time of the tutorial: 46:16 - Size of the Podcast: 56 MB / REAL-ZIP file: 55MB

Introduction to MIBs (Podcast, REAL)

This tutorial starts with an example, discusses the difference between MIB definition and instance, and the modular structure of MIBs. It gives the list of current IETF hardware MIBs, transmission MIBs, network MIBs, transport MIBs, application MIBs and vendor specific MIBs. It concludes with naming of MIB modules.

Total time of the tutorial: 15:23 - Size of the Podcast: 19 MB / REAL-ZIP file: 19MB

MIB-II (Podcast, REAL)

The standard Management Information Base: MIB-II. After an introduction it discusses the status of the MIB-II, the original design goals, its basic structure and relationship to the TCP/IP layers, and the various groups (system, IF, AT, IP, ICMP, TCP, UDP, EGP, Transmission and SNMP).

Total time of the tutorial: 33:54 - Size of the Podcast: 41 MB / REAL-ZIP file: 41MB

To see a tutorial in REAL format, download the associated zip file, unpack it and store the files in a directory on your local disk. Go to that directory and open start.smi in your REALPlayer or click on start.smi.