MENOG 9 Workshops 25-29 September 2011

MENOG 9 offered two Workshops:

Network Management Tools Workshop


A course for those who need to manage diverse Network and NOC operations. A combination of theory and lab, with lab work on Ubuntu Linux constituting about 60% of the total course.

Instructors: Sean McAvoy (RIPE NCC) & Frits Nolet

Who should attend:

Engineers and system staffs at ISPs and large networks including academic networks who are involved system management, network monitoring, and telemetry. The course is for those who need to manage diverse Network and NOC operations.


Good knowledge of Unix, IPv4 addressing and general network concepts

Topics Covered:

The workshop will be a combination of theory and lab. The lab will constitute about 60% of the total course. Ubuntu Linux server version will be workshop platform. The course will cover:

Day 1:

* What's a Network Operations Center (NOC)
* Attendee Presentations on their own infrastructure
* Network Monitoring and Management Overview (principles)

Day 2:

* Network Performance Metrics & Definitions 
* Network tools and diagnostics
* Nagios
* SNMP  

Day 3:

* Ticketing Systems (Request Tracker)   
* Nagios (part II), includes RT+Mailgate    
* Cisco / Net-eqpt. Configuration Elements
* NetFlow and NFSen 

Day 4:

* Introduction to CVS / CVSweb  
* RANCID    
* Smokeping - monitoring DNS latency
* Cacti

Day 5:

* Log Management (Syslog-NG/Swatch) 
* Network Documentation (Netdot)

IPv4/IPv6 BGP Routing Workshop

A workshop for those building or operating a wide area TCP/IP based ISP network or Internet eXchange Point (IXP) with international and/or multi-provider connectivity.

Instructors: Jonny Martin (PCH) & Stefan Olofsson (Cisco)

Who should attend?

This is a technical workshop, made up of lectures and hands-on lab work. It is open to technical staff who are now building or operating a wide area Service Provider network or Internet eXchange Point (IXP), likely with international and/or multi-provider connectivity.


Participants must have technical day to day hands on experience of Internet routers. Cisco IOS Fundamentals, user level UNIX and maybe some system administration, some use of network design preferably TCP/IP-based is also helpful.

What you will learn

  • Techniques for design, set-up, and operation of a metropolitan, regional, or national ISP backbone network. This includes ISIS, BGP4, and policy based routing configurations.
  • Techniques for multiple connections to the Internet (multihoming), including connections to IXPs and ISPs.
  • Techniques to achieve optimal performance and configuration from a Cisco backbone router. This includes routing scalability, network design, and configuration tips.

Technologies Covered

IPv4 and IPv6, ISIS, iBGP, eBGP, BGP Scaling, BGP Policies, Route Reflectors, BGP Best Practices, BGP Configuration Essentials, IXP Design.

Each class is different and tuned to the participants requirements. If there are any specific requirements, these should be communicated to the instructors during the workshops. The instructors who teach at these workshops are among the top Internet engineers today and between them, have a great deal of knowledge on many current technologies.