Being a network administrator is a little bit tough, so when you choose this job, be ready to watch a computer network daily and sometimes even nightly.
Today, we’re going to give you some basic clues on how a computer network may be managed effectively.
Computer Network & Computer Network Management
Before starting doing anything, let’s try to understand what a computer network is. All in all, it may be viewed as a system where a number of independent computers are connected to share information and hardware (printers, disks and etc.).
A computer network management is a set of activities meant to provide a computer network with security, reliability and also includes fixing various problems in the network.
Sometimes this concept may be viewed as a number of activities like:
- Network administration (This notion means inventorying and watching routers, servers, hubs, transmission lines and etc. When you do a network administration, you’re also supposed to update the associated software on the network);
- Network operation (When you do a network operation, you have to watch the network closely and troubleshoot the problems on it as soon as possible);
- Network maintenance (To maintain a computer network means to repair, replace and upgrade the network equipment);
- Network provisioning (Sometimes, you may need to configure the network resources to make them correspond to the requirements of a certain service)
Some Basic Computer Network Management Tips
When you are a network administrator or you’re involved in the software deployment team, do the following simple actions to manage your computer network effectively:
- Make an inventory of the systems you have to manage.
Start with creating a list of devices and systems that are extremely important and require your constant attention. You may do this either manually or use Softinventive’s network inventory software.
- Create a network map with status icons
When you use a special network management system for watching your network, don’t miss an opportunity to make a map of the devices in the network. Put this map near your support or help desk.
- Set up alerting
When something goes wrong, a network administrator is the first person who must be warned about it. If you use a special network management software, you may get an SMS or an email, or hear a sound signal when it’s time to fix something.
- Set up a system of dependencies
All elements in the network are connected and often depend on each other, so when you plan an alerting system, set up dependencies between network elements if you aren’t willing to get a series of unwanted alerts and concentrate your attention on the most important problem.
- Keep Track of All Changes Made Inside the Network
Keeping an eye on a local network often means tracking all the changes made on the network. If you want to decrease the number of difficulties you face while fulfilling your job tasks, it’s highly recommended to make a special log of all changes made on the network. You should store the data about the change and the person who has actually done it.