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Re: Knowledge tracking tools
- From: Randy Bush
- Date: Wed Mar 24 16:19:12 2004
> Indeed, an ideal management framework would include:
0. a system to generate all pieces of network configuration
from high-level descriptions and enterprise data such as
dns, ip addr assignments, ...
at least those parts of configuration which are not
created dynamically by self-configuring components.
> 1. A tool in which to record the desired (past, current, future) state
> of network devices. Bonus points for having a difference engine
> capable of providing the difference between revisions in the form
> of config statements.
> 2. A tool in which to record the actual state of network devices
> (rancid falls into this category).
> 3. A tool to reconcile 1 and 2. Bonus points for an ability to
> differentiate planned-but-yet-to-be-applied changes (i.e. the
> current revision in tool 2's repository matches a les-than-current
> revision in tool 1's repository) from unauthorized changes detected
> by tool 2 but not documented in tool 1. More bonus points for
> applying the difference engine described in tool 1 to propose the
> configuration statements necessary to undo unauthorized changes.