LISA '03 Abstract
Pp. 247-256 of the Proceedings
Splat: A Network Switch/Port Configuration Management Tool
Cary Abrahamson, Michael Blodgett, Adam Kunen, Nathan Mueller, and David Parter, University of Wisconsin - Madison
We present the design and implementation of Splat, a tool for
managing network edge switch ports and port-to-host configurations. We
discuss the need for such a tool as part of a major network upgrade,
and our discovery that most existing tools ignore this area or
approach it from a core network point of view.
Important design considerations include the current procedures and
habits of our system administration team, using open source
components, and the tool's incremental development and deployment. In
particular, the requirement for accurate configuration information in
a database proves to be an effective means of enforcing correct
Splat enables us to administer an increasingly complex network by
providing a simple interface for routine tasks as well as better
diagnostics, reporting, and monitoring. Its reliable configuration
management enhances the security and performance of our network.
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