Unit 5 : Managing Networks

This unit examines the principles of network management, allowing you to understand the different functions and types of activity that network managers need to understand.  Network managers have a variety of tools to assist them in monitoring and maintaining networks. Specialist software tools are used to assist network managers and learning outcome 1 deals with these tools and techniques, although you will only need to become familiar with a limited number of products.

The pace of change in networking technologies and the technologies that support network managers is very rapid and you will research emerging technologies and find out how they will assist or impact on network systems.

For the practical part of this unit, you will be given the opportunity to plan and carry out a variety of network management activities. The focus will be on the maintenance of the system, including configuration.

Keeping accurate records is essential both for checking that work has been carried out and for referencing solutions to potential problems. You will be encouraged to develop good record keeping habits, which will also help them with practical work in other units.

Finally, you will consider why organisations need to have a network management policy and what it would include.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit you should:

  1. Know about networking management tools and technologies
  2. Understand network management functions
  3. Be able to carry out network management activities.

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And Remember - Not all students learn at the same pace. This VLE allows you to rewind and replay your lectures. It gives you time to process the lesson, so you are prepared to ask the questions you need answered!