Introducing the NETCONF Protocol

NETCONF is the primary transport protocol used with YANG data models today. It is the NETwork CONFiguration protocol, and defines how a Manager and Agent will communicate in a standard fashion.

Some key details:

  • Initially standardized in 2006 with RFC4741
  • Latest standard is RFC6241 in 2011
  • Does NOT explicitly define content. That is what YANG provides.

As a Transport Protocol, NETCONF has a layered approach that defines how the Manager (client) and Agent (server) will communicate.

Continue to dive into each of these layers from the bottom up!