SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) simplifies managing configuration files for your ever-growing list of network devices. NCM lets you centrally manage all of your multi-vendor devices from a single intuitive, point-and-click Web console—no more having to manually Telnet/SSH to each device to make a change or fix an issue. Instead, you can reap the benefits of automated network configuration backups, bulk change deployment, real-time change alerts, detailed inventory lists, and out-of-the-box compliance reporting. With NCM, network configuration management has never been so simple!
Automatic Configuration Backup
One of the most popular features in SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is the ability to automatically backup network device configurations. Configuration backups can be scheduled to run whenever you would like them to – whether that’s everyday, every other Monday, or every two hours.
Network Configuration Manager includes a default configuration backup job that can be run out-of-the-box. With just a few clicks, you can easily modify the job to customize it for your particular backup needs. Network Configuration Manager also makes it easy to create your own job from scratch. Each job performs backups of network device configurations based on naming convention, machine type or other custom groups.
Network Configuration Manager leverages the Windows® Task Scheduler to organize scheduled jobs. Every job created within SolarWinds NCM can be viewed and modified within the application or from within the Windows Task Scheduler.
Configuration backups are not only stored in a relational database for archival history, but also as flat files in an intuitive folder structure that makes for easy viewing.
With Network Configuration Manager ‘s scheduled task feature, managing routers and other network devices has never been easier. Multiple users can view a summary of devices that are backed up or need to be backed up through SolarWinds NCM’s web console.
Real-time Configuration Change Alerting
Network Configuration Manager automatically compares a new configuration to the existing baseline or the last downloaded configuration and then immediately notifies you of the differences between the new configuration and old configuration, giving you complete control over the change management process. Additionally, this feature enables you to quickly isolate and eliminate a configuration change as the cause of a network problem.
Device End-of-Life Management
With tens, hundreds or even thousands of routers and switches in use, how do you know when a device is approaching the end of its service life? How do you know whether you have obsolete, underperforming or non-compliant devices in use? How do you forecast and justify replacement budgets? How do you assess the operational impact of updating outdated devices? Network Configuration Manager makes it easier to answer these questions.
Network Configuration Manager (NCM) includes an integrated database of end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for Cisco and Juniper switches and routers. By using powerful heuristics, you can seamlessly search this database and view a narrowed list of bulletins for the exact models and configurations that match your devices. By selecting the right bulletin you can then import critical service dates directly into your NCM device profile. You can even add custom notes to document and track which devices are slated for replacement. With all of this rich end-of-service data, you can now easily create reports which can be used for preparing replacement budgets and coordinating device retirement and replacement.
Configuration Comparisons and Rollback
Configuration comparisons and rollback has never been so quick and easy! With SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), you can easily view and track changes to network configurations, ensuring that you are always aware of what’s changing on your network. After you baseline your network configurations, you can compare newer or running versions to the baseline, in real-time. You can also create custom config types by changing templates or downloading custom config types.
Each change to a configuration file is highlighted for easy viewing in the Network Configuration Manager administrative interface. If content has been added to the file, the line is highlighted in green; if content has been removed, the line is highlighted in red.
Network Configuration Manager also includes roll-back functionality, enabling you to immediately roll back to a previous “known good” device configuration. This enables you to quickly repair unauthorized network configuration changes or recover devices from failed configuration changes, eliminating unnecessary downtime and security risks.