Why it’s Important to Have an Assessment of Your Network

By Brandon Duclos, Solution Architect

I have encountered many situations where a customer may not know what’s on their network. It’s understandable because as you add to the network over the years, you need to figure out what’s still connected to it. Also, you may not have the proper documentation. These scenarios could greatly benefit from having an assessment done of your network. In the video below, I explain why it’s important and what an assessment entails.

Champion delivers Networking Assessment & Discovery services to help you navigate the networking road head. A comprehensive assessment includes a discovery of your data center, remote office(s), and monitoring. We will uncover the discovery results, action items and recommendations, and any high level risk items that may be discovered.

DATA CENTER DISCOVERY

Security/Firewall:

  • Review current firewall configuration against best practices and document areas that will be impacted by network design changes
  • Review remote VPN clients that are currently terminating to the device and document routing tables
  • Review version of code that is running on the device
  • Review HA logs to determine configuration and document changes that will impact network design changes

Core Network:

  • Review current HA configuration (HSRP/VRRP etc.)
  • Review Connections to servers to determine if port channels are configured properly and how VLAN changes will impact the infrastructure
  • Review existing configuration and VLANs against industry best practices
  • Review security policies and if there is a remote logging host that will be affected by network design changes
  • Determine if edge devices are properly connected for HA in the event one device goes offline
  • Review STP Configuration against industry best practices
  • Review version of code and licensing to see if additional features can be enabled/disabled to ensure network is running at maximum efficiency
  • Document current running configuration of the network switches

Edge Network:

  • Review current HA configuration (HSRP/VRRP etc.)
  • Review Connections to determine if ether channel is configured properly and how VLAN changes will impact the infrastructure
  • Review existing configuration and VLANs against industry best practices
  • Review security policies and if there is a remote logging host that will be affected by network design changes
  • Determine if edge devices are properly connected for HA in the event one device goes offline
  • Review STP Configuration against industry best practices
  • Review version of code to determine if latest GA code is being utilized
  • Document current running configuration of the network switches

Routers:

  • Review current HA configuration (HSRP/VRRP etc.)
  • Review all connections to the router to determine if any advanced routing protocols are being utilized (BGP/OSPF/EIGRP etc.)
  • Review version of IOS to determine if latest GA code is being utilized
  • Document routing tables currently being utilized by the device
  • Document redundant ISP connections that are not being utilized today so that they can be implemented during network infrastructure changes
  • Document current running configuration for the routers

Server Environment:

  • Document connections coming into the servers
  • Document policies and configuration of the physical and virtual environment
  • Document version of firmware currently being utilized
  • Document VLAN’s that are being utilized by the physical and virtual infrastructure

REMOTE OFFICE DISCOVERY

Security/Firewall:

  • Review current firewall configuration against best practices and document areas that will be impacted by network design changes
  • Review remote VPN clients that are currently terminating to the device and document routing tables
  • Review version of code that is running on the device
  • Review HA logs to determine configuration and document changes that will impact network design changes

Access Network (Stacked Switches):

  • Review Connections to determine if ether channel is configured properly and how VLAN changes will impact the infrastructure
  • Review existing configuration and VLANs against industry best practices
  • Review security policies and if there is a remote logging host that will be affected by network design changes
  • Determine if edge devices are properly connected for HA in the event one device goes offline
  • Review STP Configuration against industry best practices
  • Review version of IOS to determine if latest GA code is being utilized
  • Document current running configuration of the network switches

Wireless Network (If Applicable):

  • Review existing configuration and VLANs against industry best practices
  • Review security policies and if there is a remote logging host that will be affected by network design changes
  • Determine if edge devices are properly connected for HA in the event one device goes offline
  • Review STP Configuration against industry best practices
  • Review version of IOS to determine if latest GA code is being utilized
  • Review SSID’s for Guest and Corporate environment
  • Review policies for Guest and Corporate environment
  • Document current running configuration of the wireless controller

Wireless Network (If Applicable):

  • Review existing configuration and VLANs against industry best practices
  • Review security policies and if there is a remote logging host that will be affected by network design changes
  • Determine if edge devices are properly connected for HA in the event one device goes offline
  • Review STP Configuration against industry best practices
  • Review version of IOS to determine if latest GA code is being utilized
  • Review SSID’s for Guest and Corporate environment
  • Review policies for Guest and Corporate environment
  • Document current running configuration of the wireless controller

MONITORING DISCOVERY

NetFlow Review:

  • Document license count purchased vs used
  • Document devices currently being monitored with NetFlow
  • Document version of NetFlow currently in use
  • Review used devices to pull NetFlow configuration

NPM Review:

  • Document license count purchased vs used
  • Document devices currently being monitored within the infrastructure
  • Determine if devices are not being fully monitored based on templates that have been applied to them

For more inforamtion, contact Champion at 800-771-7000 or submit a contact form here: https://www.championsg.com/contact/

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WRITTEN BY:

Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.

 

Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.

 

Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!

 

As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.

 

He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.

 

Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.

 

Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.

 

In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.

 

Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.