Survey of Possibilities for the Automated Configuration of Large IP Networks

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Subject: Document Action: 'Problem Statement for the Automated Configuration of Large IP Networks' to Informational RFC (draft-ietf-opsawg-automated-network-configuration-04.txt)

The IESG has approved the following document:
- 'Problem Statement for the Automated Configuration of Large IP
  (draft-ietf-opsawg-automated-network-configuration-04.txt) as
Informational RFC

This document is the product of the Operations and Management Area
Working Group.

The IESG contact persons are Ronald Bonica and Benoit Claise.

A URL of this Internet Draft is:

Technical Summary

This memo discusses the steps required to bring a large number of devices into service in IP networks in an automated fashion.  The goal of this document is to list known solutions where they exist, to point out approaches proven to be problematic, and to identify gaps that require further specifications.

Working Group Summary

This document had a long process through the working group, mainly due to two points.
1) Was this work actually going to change behavior of the reader.  Was there substantive value in the material presented.
2) There was an IPR claim made by one of the Author's employer on the document.  There was discussion about IPR on an informational document.  The IPR claimant clarified that IPR existed around a potential solution to problems presented by the document (i.e. if the tools mentioned in the document were "assembled" in a specific configuration to address the issues identified in the document, then there was the chance that IPR may become involved).  This was discussed and accepted by the working group.

Document Quality

As this document specifies no new standards or MIBs, and is not an implementation target, there are no interoperability concerns.  The document is reasonably well and clearly written for a practitioner in the space to understand.


the document shepherd is Christopher Liljenstolpe, and the AD is Ron Bonica.

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