I'm going to go into the final year of my Computer Networks &
Communications degree and need to come up with an idea for my
final-year project. Any suggestions or ideas will be gratefully
I'm interested in Sun hardware and the Solaris OS and I've been
working with a lot of Sun gear as a sysadmin for my intern year. At
the moment I'm kind of thinking about producinga tool which reads the
tarred-up data output from running the explorer (SUNWexplo) package.
It's basically a package which collects a whole mass of diagnostic
data about a server and sends it to the engineers who can use it to
diagnose any problems the server had.
Another half-idea is to produce a tool which can map out an entire
network and then illustrate the state of the network on the screen
(i.e. hostnames, ping times, IP addresses etc). Trouble is, I'm pretty
sure this idea's been done a million times before and a million times
A friend recommended I look at maybe investigating forensic databases
- I think the idea is basically that the database records every
relevant action that takes place on a server, like the logs, so that
it may be used reliably in any possible investigation. This opens up a
whole loads of issues like ensuring the database is 100% secure and
Ideally I would like to do a project that does involve the
investigation of networks in some way, but I'm open to anything, and I
also would consider myself able to pick things up pretty easily after
a good bit of reading around the subject. I'm planning on learning a
lot of java and maybe php in the next year too.