IAB recommendations for the development of Internet network management standards
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Request for Comments: 1052 NRI
IAB Recommendations for the Development of
Internet Network Management Standards
Status of this Memo
This memo is intended to convey to the Internet community and other
interested parties the recommendations of the Internet Activities
Board (IAB) for the development of network management protocols for
use in the TCP/IP environment. The memo does NOT, in and of itself,
define or propose an Official Internet Protocol. It does reflect,
however, the policy of the IAB with respect to further network
management development in the short and the long term. Distribution
of this memo is unlimited.
At the IAB meeting on 21 March 88 in videoconference, the report of
the Ad Hoc Network Management Review Committee was reviewed. The
recommendations of the committee were endorsed by the IAB and
direction given to the chairman of the Internet Engineering Task
Force to take the necessary steps to implement the recommendations.
The IAB expressed its gratitude for the efforts of the HEMS, SNMP and
CMIP/CMIS working groups and urged that parties with technical
interest in the outcome of the network management working groups
convey their ideas and issues to the relevant working group chairmen.
The IETF chairman was directed to form two new working groups, one of
which would be responsible for the further specification and
definition of elements to be included in the Management Information
Base (MIB). The other would be responsible for defining extensions
to the Simple Network Management Protocol to accommodate the short-
term needs of the network vendor and operator communities. The
longer-term needs of the Internet community are to be met using the
ISO CMIS/CMIP framework as a basis. A working group of the IETF
exists for this work and would continue its work, coordinating with
the two new groups and reporting to the IETF chairman for guidance.
The output of the MIB working group is to be provided to both the
SNMP working group and the CMIS/CMIP ["Netman"] working group so as
to assure compatibility of monitored items for both network
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The IAB recommends that the Simple Network Management Protocol be
adopted as the BASIS for network management in the short-term.
Extensions may be required to the existing SNMP specification to
accommodate additional data types or to deal with functional or
performance issues arising as multiple SNMP implementations are
deployed and applied, especially in multi-vendor applications.
The SNMP working group constituted by the IETF is charged with
considering requirements not met by the present SNMP definition,
defining extensions, if necessary, to accommodate these needs, and
preparing revisions of the SNMP specifications to address any new
The IAB urges the working group to be extremely sensitive to the need
to keep SNMP simple, to work quickly to come to concensus on any
revisions needed and to promulgate expeditiously the results of its
work in one or more RFCs within the next 90 days. The IETF chairman
is responsible for resolving disagreements arising if they cannot be
resolved within the working group and is instructed to escalate
problems quickly to the IAB should resolution not be forthcoming.
The IAB further recommends that the MIB working group begin its work
equally expeditiously, taking as its starting inputs the MIB
definitions found in the existing High-Level Entity Management
Systems (HEMS) RFC-1024, the SNMP IDEA-11, and CMIS/CMIP IDEAs.
It is the intention of the IAB that the MIB definitions be applied
both to the SNMP system in the short term and CMIS/CMIP for TCP/IP in
the longer term. The three working groups will have to coordinate
their efforts carefully to achieve these objectives:
1. Rapid convergence and definition for SNMP.
2. Rapid convergence and definition for the TCP/IP MIB.
3. Provision for transitioning from SNMP to CMIP/CMIS.
4. Early demonstration of the CMIP/CMIS capability using the
The IAB remains extremely interested in progress towards these goals
and intends to have representation, whenever possible, in the various
working group and IETF plenary activities.
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REPORT OF THE AD HOC NETWORK MANAGEMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE
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