Monitoring and managing IT devices can be challenging. These seven tips can help to improve the quality of your monitoring efforts and reduce licensing costs regardless of what IT management system you use.
Tip 1: Inventory Management: Managing Mission Critical Devices Exclusively
Inventory lists are a crucial segment within an enterprise IT management system. It is vital to keep an accurate profile of mission critical devices, as well as, identify and remove secondary or non-critical inventory. Segmenting your inventory can save money on resources and equipment, reduce database size and complexity, and ultimately improve the performance of your management system.
Tip 2: Visualize Your Network: Utilizing Maps, Diagrams, and Drawings
Leverage existing floor plan drawings, architectural CAD diagrams, or simple geographical background images as part of your network map design. Network layouts that overlay on top of existing and more commonly used maps can aid in identifying potential problems more quickly.
Tip 3: Performance Management: Understanding Normal Network Performance Levels
Understanding and baselining normal network performance levels can provide a solid foundation in creating accurate performance issue alerting. By establishing baselines and normal levels of performance, it is possible to identify deteriorating network conditions much faster and more accurately. As the IT environment evolves, so does the understanding of what potentially might cause serious performance issues. Additionally, creating a dynamic and multi-level performance alerting system provides key information points on which to act upon.
Tip 4: SNMP Guidelines: Reducing Unwarranted Complexity
Networks with a large number of SNMP community strings often see very lengthy network discovery times. It is helpful to make a concerted effort to reduce the number of community strings being implemented. Perhaps limiting one community string per device type will help reduce complexity and deter one-off configurations. Additionally, consider a migration to SNMPv3 and stay ahead of any future regulatory demands.
Tip 5: Standard Naming Convention: Early Implementation is Crucial
When installing new devices, use a standard naming convention that is acceptable and readable. Also, consider refreshing the naming convention on devices already established on the network. Uniformity across the naming convention dramatically helps to identify and locate devices faster.
Tip 6: IP Addressing and Subnetting: Allocating IP Addresses Correctly
It is recommended that you require any private IP address allocation or distribution to adhere to the guidelines and standards outlined in RFC1918. Additionally, subnetting design should follow all rules regarding network size, broadcast addressing, and boundaries. Following the standardized rules has an immeasurable benefit and will allow future expansion or merging with other infrastructures.
Tip 7: Manage Your UPS and Other Power Devices
Along with the traditional devices and systems, consider expanding your monitoring efforts to UPS or power devices as a mission critical element. Correctly conditioned power is essential in prolonging the usage of an electrically powered device. Many UPS and power strip manufacturers now offer a management piece or portal that can relay important power related metrics. Strive to achieve full visibility into your entire infrastructure with the addition of power management.
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