Do you make any of these network configuration mistakes?

08 Mar 2022

Network configuration involves unlimited tasks such as device configuration, executing changes, monitoring modifications, managing backups, restoring the previous configuration, tracing circuits path, etc. Network configuration mistakes can have a huge impact on your business. 

There are hundreds of articles about network configuration best practices. However, we always seem to do something wrong when configuring the network… 

5 network configuration mistakes you should avoid 

Mistake #1: Mishandling your network devices

It is obvious that devices must be properly configured to communicate and work. Commands and settings need to be implemented correctly.  

In case of replacement of the devices, it is important to have controlled the configuration of the previous device, since it will facilitate the task to roll back network settings to a previous configuration. 

Managing backups is also a challenge for network operators. It requires a backup database, as well as to be able to compare different configurations, restore backups and schedule the execution of periodic backups. 

Integration is another important aspect that requires a documented procedure in place and standardized configurations for device categories. 

Mistake #2: Inappropriate network configuration changes monitoring 

When a failure comes from a wrong device configuration or changes executed, traceability is key. Monitoring all network configuration changes is vital to determine the cause of the failure

Moreover, documenting all changes enables network operators to detect small errors, determine who carried out a change, prevent risky situations and to implement a set of procedures.  

Documenting is not a waste of time; it ensures you have enough information for decision-making and problem solving.  

So, make sure you have a proper reporting tool and real-time changes monitoring system. 

Mistake #3: Incomplete network inventory

Network inventory is a huge term that involves a lot of data and is very important for your network configuration. The network inventory must be complete so that all your network assets are under control, as well as new integrations, configuration changes, backups, updates, etc. And last but not least, include as much information as you can and don´t miss circuits, virtual nodes and unmanaged equipment. 

Mistake #4: Limited options to provision circuits 

Without a proper tool, provisioning circuits can cause a serious headache. Creating a circuit takes a long time (planning and execution), ensuring interoperability becomes complex due to the large volume of different devices, human error and lack of documentation are common problems. 

To avoid that, you have to get a system that allows you both manual and automatic circuit provisioning modes. The tool must be able to interconnect equipment from different manufacturers, calculate the route, download information about the created circuits and generate inventory, among other functionalities. This will save you millions in unnecessary expenses, better efficiency, improve the performance of your team, therefore allowing you to focus on strategic projects. 

Keep in mind monitor circuits with discontinuities to take preventive actions. 

Mistake #5: Considering security not important at all 

Security is a fundamental aspect. Incorrect configurations or outdated equipment can become an open door for hackers. Also default credentials and wrong permission management can lead you to serious problems such as DDoS attacks, data leaks, downtime or any other disastrous scenario.

Certainly, a SOC is a great plus, but we insist that you have to be careful about managing your network configuration.

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  • E2E service provisioning.
  • Device Integrator.
  • MIB Browser/MIB Compiler.
  • Configuration comparison.
  • Backup management.
  • Advanced inventory.
  • Reports.

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