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Re: Network discovery tools

  • From: Mark Boolootian
  • Date: Thu May 06 12:02:04 2004


> The best GPL tool that I've come across in a long while, as far as 
> network discovery goes, would have to be the discovery engine inside 
> Netdisco (http://www.netdisco.org).  This tool is fairly Cisco-centric, 
> but Max has put a lot of work into a tool for folks who are tired of 
> CiscoWorks not working.

netdisco does automated topology discovery for CDP-speaking devices
(where the C is Cisco and not Cabletron).  That includes Cisco gear
and some HP stuff (at least the ProCurve line of switches - not sure
what else they have it in).  netdisco will also do topology discovery
using Bay's discovery protocol (though this probably only exists in
old stuff and likely didn't make the cut in the move to Nortel).  There's
some hope for using the work done by some guys at Bell Labs to do the L2 
topology discovery relying on existing MIBs (primarily the BRIDGE MIB),
and there is proof-of-concept code, but that's mostly wishful thinking
at this point.




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