The Process of Creating Network Documentation

To create network documentation, you must log into each device, one at a time, and discover and document its network configurations. You can hop from one device to its undocumented neighbor(s) and repeat this process until you are finished. Figure 1-2 depicts the stage-by-stage process of creating network documentation by using a flow chart. Table 1-6 provides an explanation for each of the stages shown in Figure 1-2.

Figure 1-2 Creating Network Documentation

Figure 1-2 Creating Network Documentation

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Table 1-6 Explanation for Each Stage of the Network Documentation Process

Stage

Description

1. Login

You must log in to the device and switch to the privileged mode; then you can type the commands necessary for network discovery.

2. Interface Discovery

Discover the necessary information about the device so that you can complete the network configuration table.

3. Document

Document/record the discovered information in the network configuration table and determine whether you need to record any of it in the network topology diagram. If you must record any information in the network topology diagram, proceed to Stage 4; otherwise, move to Stage 5.

4. Diagram

Transfer the necessary information about the device from the network configuration table to the network topology diagram. If you need to document more information about the device, return to Stage 2; otherwise, move to Stage 5.

5. Device Discovery

Determine whether any neighboring device is undocumented; if there is one, go to Stage 1. Otherwise, if there are no undocumented network devices, it means that network documentation is completed.

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