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What is the difference between network monitoring and baselining? I have looked in my textbook for this answer and I can't find anything on network monitoring or baselining. I haven't been able to find the definition of these terms either. I really would appreciate some help on this question. Thank you in advance.

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As far as i am concerned. Baselining is determining what your networks/Servers Bare Minumum Levels are.

Eg. Monitoring – Take CPU in a Server – You can say the Max it should go to is 80% and then you’ll need a better one. So what you can do is use performance monitor, and setup a log of CPU usage in %age. You run this and then see if the CPU goes over 80% and that’s how you do the monitoring. Servers have loads of thing to look for and we use this to see if we need the upgrades.

eg. Baselining – get the network/PC running as you want it too – no probs etc. Monitor the network/PC for a week and you’ll get a list of results based on your monitoring. Say memory % Free. Do the monitoring and you’ll see the average free memory. say you have a server with 512MB and it stays at 128MB free at all times, and you have no probs, thats you baseline, any time you go below that your network suffers and you’ll need to upgrade.

So to sum up,
Monitoring is recording what your network/PC is doing. Baselineing is using a monitor (of any sort) to determine your PC/Networks lowest free rescource levels are (Hence Term Baseline).

Hope this helps,

Carl Robinson

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    I see base lining as part of monitoring. Monitoring is the gathering of statistics relative to resource activity on the network. Base lining is the process of taking the statistics, and determining what is "normal" activity on your network. Once you have a "baseline" you can review daily monitoring to spot abnormalities in the normal behavior on your network. You can then track down the activity that is out of expected behavior and determine if this is due to valid changes in the network, or misbehavior, i.e., a problem with a server, application, virus, or other no desired behavior.
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