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Re: Review of draft-ietf-snmpconf-bcp-07

On Monday 14 January 2002 03:47 pm, John Schnizlein wrote:
> I hope "to tweak endless number of configuration bits" is not
> being put forward as best practice for network configuration.

The Best Current Practices document we have written has a focus on SNMP, 
thus the title Configuring Networks and Devices With SNMP. It does not 
claim to be the final best approach for configuration of networks. I think 
we are a long way from there. It does offer good approaches for 
configuration when one uses SNMP.

> The existence of a (small fraction) of R/W MIB variables is not a very
> compelling argument for the "best practice" claim. Can you name the
> operator of a network who would say that they configure their network
> through SNMP?

I have provided examples of products that have SNMP configurability for 
their major operational compoents, are shipping and in use. 


> This is different from using SNMP for monitoring and tweaking.
> John
> At 03:14 PM 1/14/2002, Randy Bush wrote:
> >> SNMP is an application layer protocol
> >> so SNMP can't do any initial device configuration.
> >> Once a cable modem is up and running cable modems and cable modem
> >> head ends are managed via SNMP to tweak and endless number of
> >> configuration bits.
> >
> >when you have to scale, tweaking single devices is just not on.
> >the canonic configuration is on a disk drive.
> >
> >randy

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