Network Administration

Network Design and Documentation

Document your network with help from the OSI model

I've talked to many network administrators over the years, and I've visited and consulted for a variety of operations that had anywhere from 10 to 600 clients. The one characteristic that all the organizations have had in common is the lack of good network documentation. Even in my own business,...

Network documentation outline

Items necessary for good network documentation Identification of servers, workstations, printers, routers, switches, etc. IP addresses NetBIOS/Host names MAC addresses Description of each device on the network, including make, model, serial number, and printouts from system inventory software (such as Belarc Advisor) Network topology diagrams, including placement of servers,...

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