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Guidelines for Considering Operations and Management of New Protocols and Protocol Extensions
RFC 5706

Network Working Group                                      D. Harrington
Request for Comments: 5706                            HuaweiSymantec USA
Category: Informational                                    November 2009

        Guidelines for Considering Operations and Management of
                 New Protocols and Protocol Extensions

Abstract

   New protocols or protocol extensions are best designed with due
   consideration of the functionality needed to operate and manage the
   protocols.  Retrofitting operations and management is sub-optimal.
   The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to authors and
   reviewers of documents that define new protocols or protocol
   extensions regarding aspects of operations and management that should
   be considered.

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

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   not be created outside the IETF Standards Process, except to format
   it for publication as an RFC or to translate it into languages other
   than English.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
      1.1. Designing for Operations and Management ....................4
      1.2. This Document ..............................................5
      1.3. Motivation .................................................5
      1.4. Background .................................................6
      1.5. Available Management Technologies ..........................7
      1.6. Terminology ................................................8
   2. Operational Considerations - How Will the New Protocol
      Fit into the Current Environment? ...............................8
      2.1. Operations .................................................9
      2.2. Installation and Initial Setup .............................9
      2.3. Migration Path ............................................10
      2.4. Requirements on Other Protocols and Functional
           Components ................................................11
      2.5. Impact on Network Operation ...............................11
      2.6. Verifying Correct Operation ...............................12
   3. Management Considerations - How Will the Protocol Be Managed? ..12
      3.1. Interoperability ..........................................14
      3.2. Management Information ....................................17
           3.2.1. Information Model Design ...........................18
      3.3. Fault Management ..........................................18
           3.3.1. Liveness Detection and Monitoring ..................19
           3.3.2. Fault Determination ................................19
           3.3.3. Root Cause Analysis ................................20
           3.3.4. Fault Isolation ....................................20
      3.4. Configuration Management ..................................20
           3.4.1. Verifying Correct Operation ........................22
      3.5. Accounting Management .....................................22
      3.6. Performance Management ....................................22
           3.6.1. Monitoring the Protocol ............................23

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