MPLS Network Management

MPLS Network Management

MIBs, Tools, and Techniques

1st Edition - October 1, 2002

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  • Author: Thomas Nadeau
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781558607514
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080512167

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MPLS-enabled networks are enjoying tremendous growth, but practical information on managing MPLS-enabled networks has remained hard to find. Until now. MPLS Network Management: MIBs, Tools, and Techniques is the first and only book that will help you master MPLS management technologies and techniques, as they apply to classic MPLS networks, traffic-engineered networks, and VPNs. Written by the co-author of most current MPLS management standards, it provides detailed, authoritative coverage of official MIBs, examining key topics ranging from syntax to access levels to object interaction. It also offers extensive consideration of third-party management interfaces, including tools for metering traffic and predicting traffic growth and behavior. If you're a network operator, network device engineer, or MPLS application developer, you need this book to get all you can out of all of MPLS's many capabilities.

Key Features

* The only book devoted entirely to the tools and techniques for controlling, monitoring, debugging, and optimizing MPLS-enabled networks.

* Authoritative information from the co-author of most IETF MIBs relating to MPLS and GMPLS, PWE3, and PPVPN.

* Covers both standards-based and proprietary management technologies.

* Includes interviews with seminal figures in the development of MPLS.

* Via a companion web site, provides information on late-breaking developments in MPLS management and links to additional resources.

* To be followed by a second volume presenting best-practice case studies dealing with how real companies approach the management of their MPLS networks.


third party network operators and engineers implementing MPLS for various devices

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
    1.1 A Brief Introduction to MPLS
    1.2 Applications of MPLS
    1.3 Key Aspects of MPLS Network Management
    1.4 Management Information Base Modules for MPLS
    Interview: George Swallow

    Chapter 2 Management Interfaces
    2.1 The Basics of Management Interfaces
    2.2 The Command Line Interface
    2.3 CORBA
    2.4 XML
    2.5 Bulk File Transfer
    2.6 The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
    Interview: Arun Vishwanathan

    Chapter 3 The MPLS Label Switching Router Management Information Base (MPLS-LSR MIB)
    3.1 Who Should Use It
    3.2 MPLS-LSR MIB at a Glance
    3.3 Labels In, Labels Out
    3.4 A Simple Example
    3.5 The MPLS Interface Configuration Table
    3.6 The InSegment Table
    3.7 The MPLS OutSegment Table
    3.8 The Cross-Connect Table
    3.9 The Traffic Parameter Table
    3.10 A Note about SNMP RowPointer Use
    3.11 The Label Stack Table
    3.12 Notifications
    3.13 Scalability Issues with Notifications
    3.14 Next Index
    3.15 A Note about Indexing
    Interview: Kireeti Kompella

    Chapter 4 The MPLS Label Distribution Protocol MIB (MPLS-LDP MIB)
    4.1 The Label Distribution Protocol
    4.2 Managing LDP
    4.3 Definition of Terms Used in the MIB
    4.4 The LDP Identifier
    4.5 LDP Entity Table
    4.6 LDP Entity Configuration General Label Range Table
    4.7 ATM Tables
    4.8 Frame Relay Tables
    4.9 LDP Entity Example
    4.10 Gathering Statistics for Entities
    4.11 LDP Peer Table
    4.12 LDP Hello Adjacencies Table
    4.13 LDP Session Table
    4.14 LDP ATM Session Table
    4.15 LDP Frame Relay Session Table
    4.16 The LDP Session Statistics Table
    4.17 The LDP Session Peer Address Table
    4.18 Modification of Established LDP Sessions
    4.19 Operational and Administrative Status
    4.20 Mapping Tables
    4.21 Cross-Connects FEC Table
    4.22 Notifications
    4.23 What the MIB Does Not Support
    4.24 How the MIB Varies from the LDP Specification
    4.25 Using the MPLS-LDP MIB with TDP
    Interview: Joan Cucchiara

    Chapter 5 The MPLS Forward Equivalency Class to Next-Hop Label Forward Entry MIB (MPLS-FTN MIB)
    5.1 Who Should Use It
    5.2 IP Traffic In, MPLS Labels Out
    5.3 Forwarding Equivalency Classes
    5.4 A Simple Example of FEC-to-NHLFE
    5.5 MPLS FTN Table
    5.6 MPLS FTN Map Table
    5.7 MPLS FTN Performance Table
    5.8 Another FTN Example
    Interview: Bruce Davie

    Chapter 6 The Interfaces MIB and MPLS
    6.1 Who Should Use It
    6.2 IF-MIB Overview
    6.3 Evolution of the IF-MIB
    6.4 Applying the IF-MIB to Classic MPLS Networks
    6.5 Applying the IF-MIB to MPLS TE Networks
    Interview: Adrian Farrel

    Chapter 7 Offline Traffic Engineering
    7.1 Traffic Engineering
    7.2 Traffic Engineering in MPLS Networks
    7.3 Deliberate MPLS TE Models
    7.4 Tunnel Sizing
    7.5 Tunnel Path Selection
    7.6 Use of Offline TE for Backup Tunnels
    7.7 The Traffic Engineering System
    7.8 TE System Components
    7.9 Input to Traffic Engineering Tools
    7.10 TE Cycle Components
    7.11 Offline versus Online Calculations
    Interview: Ross Callon

    Chapter 8 The MPLS Traffic Engineering MIB (MPLS-TE MIB)
    8.1 Constraint-Based Routing
    8.2 Signaling Constraint-Based Paths
    8.3 MPLS-TE MIB Overview
    8.4 Definition of Terms Used in the MIB
    8.5 RowPointer Usage in MPLS-TE MIB
    8.6 Scalars
    8.7 The Tunnel Table
    8.8 MPLS Tunnel Resource Table
    8.9 The CR-LDP Resource Table
    8.10 MPLS Tunnel Hop Table
    8.11 The Actual Route Hop Table
    8.12 The Computed Route Hop Table
    8.13 The Tunnel Performance Table
    8.14 IF-MIB Applicability
    8.15 Tunnel Table and MPLS-LSR MIB Interaction
    8.16 Multiple Tunnels across MPLS Network Example
    8.17 Notifications
    Interview: Harmen Van Der Linde

    Chapter 9 NetFlow Accounting
    9.1 NetFlow Overview
    9.2 Flow-Based Accounting
    9.3 NetFlow Architecture
    9.4 NetFlow Data Export
    9.5 Deploying NetFlow
    9.6 NetFlow Accounting for MPLS
    Interview: XiPeng Xiao

    Chapter 10 Traffic Matrix Statistics
    10.1 The Traffic Engineering Problem
    10.2 Traffic Matrix Statistics Objectives
    10.3 Traffic Engineering Domain of Interest
    10.4 Traffic Characterization
    10.5 Selecting Sampling Periods
    10.6 Traffic Matrix Structure
    10.7 Measurement Architecture Options
    10.8 Cost and Performance Considerations
    Interview: Danny McPherson

    Chapter 11 The MPLS Virtual Private Networking MIB (PPVPN-MPLS-VPN MIB)
    11.1 MPLS Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
    11.2 Definition of Terms Used in the MIB
    11.3 The PPVPN-MPLS-VPN MIB at a glance
    11.4 Scalar Objects
    11.5 MplsVpnVrfTable
    11.6 MplsVPNIfConfTable
    11.7 MplsVPNPerfTable
    11.8 MplsVpnVrfRouteTable
    11.9 MplsVpnRouteTargetTable
    11.10 MplsVpnVrfBgpNbrAddrTable
    11.11 MplsVpnVrfBgpNbrPrefixTable
    11.12 mplsVpnVrfSecTable
    11.13 Notifications
    11.14 Enterprise VPN Example
    Interview: Cheenu Srinivasan

    Chapter 12 Future Directions for MPLS Network Management
    12.1 Generalized MPLS (GMPLS)
    12.2 Pseudo-Wire Edge-to-Edge Emulation
    12.3 New Developments in MPLS
    12.4 IETF PPVPN Working Group VPN Management Standardization
    12.5 DMTF
    12.6 Concluding Remarks

    Appendix A: IETF and Other Standards Bodies
    Appendix B: MPLS-TC MIB



    Concluding Remarks


Product details

  • No. of pages: 525
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2002
  • Published: October 1, 2002
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781558607514
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080512167

About the Author

Thomas Nadeau

Thomas D. Nadeau is Chief Architect of Open Source and Distinguished Engineer at Brocade Communications. Prior to that he was a Distinguished Engineer in The PSTD CTO Office at Juniper Networks where he is responsible for leading all aspects of Software Defined Networks and Network Programmability. Thomas received his BSCS from The University of New Hampshire, and a M.Sc. from The University of Massachusetts in Lowell, where he has been an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science since 2000 and teaches courses on the topic of data communications. He is also on the technical committee of several prominent networking conferences where he provides technical guidance on their content, as well as frequently presents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Architect Open Source Software, Distinguished Engineer

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