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Satellite based TCP/IP internetworks are logical extensions of terrestrial based internetworks and rapidly gaining interest in both commercial and military applications. Suitable network management systems (NMS) tools and techniques are vital in deploying and maintaining such networks effectively. We discuss the management challenges associated with a satellite based TCP/IP internetwork and provide an overview of how NMS will be used to provision, deploy and configure the architectural components of a fixed or transportable ground network. We describe the essential components and some unique features of an NMS solution for such networks.