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Re: Network discovery tools

  • From: sgorman1
  • Date: Thu May 06 12:37:50 2004

Thanks for the suggestions.  The network ferret tools reports to do layer 2 discovery as well, maybe not so wishful thinking but I could be wrong -

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Boolootian <>
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2004 11:59 am
Subject: Re: Network discovery tools

> > 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 (  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'ssome 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 
> thinkingat this point.

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