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Device Baselining *

Not a week goes by without hearing from people asking for me to perform a baseline.


I also got a lot of requests asking to create a template to help them perform a baseline.


Not to sound like a consultant, but every baseline is completely different depending on the equipment, the network, and your ultimate goal.


In this video I show you how I start a baseline with an ip camera and my Profitap IOTA, and what i find. Of course, you can start any baseline using Wireshark which is completely free, but the goal for your first baseline should be to document the equipment location, network topology, and the goal of the baseline.


For example you might say I want to see how this camera behaves when it boots up.


You would want to document which devices are communicating with the camera, which protocols are in use, and possibly any load on the network.

I strongly encourage you not to get overwhelmed with too much detail upfront because if you have a trace file, you should be able to go back and retrieve any information that you may decide is important at a later date.


Enjoy


Tony Fortunato

Sr Network Performance Specialist

The Technology Firm

Getting things to work better - bit by bit-

 

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