Network Configuration Manager Automated Network Configuration & Change Management Software

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  • Enables bulk change deployment to thousands of devices
  • Performs automatic, scheduled network configuration backups
  • Protects against unauthorized & erroneous network changes
  • Detects & reports on network compliance policy violations
  • Provides real-time network inventory & asset service management
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Configuration & Change Management Software

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) simplifies configuration management for your ever-growing list of network devices. Our configuration management software 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.

Top 5 Reasons to Use our Network Configuration & Change Management Software

  • Automatic Configuration Backup

    Automatic Configuration Backup

    SolarWinds NCM is change management software that automates performing backups of network device configurations on a regular basis for routers, switches, firewalls, access points, and more.

    • Schedule network configuration backups
    • Record network configurations for archival history
    • Easily view network configuration backups and history
    • Perform configuration changes based on logical groups such as location, department, manufacturer, or any custom property

    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 every day, 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.

    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 SolarWinds NCM'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 the Web console.

    Learn More about Network Configuration Backup »
  • Real-time Configuration Change Alerting

    Real-time Configuration Change Alerting

    Receive real-time alerts when configurations change, giving you more control, instant visibility, and improved security with our change management software.

    • Receive instant notifications when device configuration changes occur
    • Perform real-time monitoring of network configuration changes
    • Coordinate notifications from a built-in Syslog and SNMP Trap Server

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager relies on a built-in Syslog Server and SNMP Trap Receiver to detect changes that occur to the configurations of monitored devices in real time and notify you instantly of these changes.

    Network Configuration Manager is effective configuration change management software that automatically compares a new configuration to the existing baseline or the last downloaded configuration. It 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.

    Learn More about Change Management Software »
  • Device End-of-Life Management

    Device End-of-Life Management

    SolarWinds NCM is change management software that makes it easy to research and associate end-of-life dates for your Cisco® and Juniper® routers and switches. It also allows you to create reports for budgeting and device replacement.

    • Easily find end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for your Cisco® and Juniper® devices
    • Quickly prepare reports for capital budget forecasts and device replacement plans
    • Always know which devices are obsolete and unsupported

    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? Our change management software, SolarWinds NCM, makes it easier to answer these questions.

    SolarWinds NCM includes an integrated database of end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for Cisco and Juniper routers and switches. 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 SolarWinds 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, built-in with your change management software, you can now easily create reports that can be used for preparing replacement budgets and coordinating device retirement and replacement.

    Learn More about EOL Management »
  • Configuration Comparisons and Rollback

    Configuration Comparisons and Rollback

    Our configuration management software enables you to identify and repair unauthorized and failed network configuration changes.

    • Access network configuration history to track configuration changes
    • Compare network configuration between two routers or switches with side-by-side comparisons of running and baseline configurations
    • Quickly fix unauthorized network configuration changes
    • Immediately rollback to a previous "known good" device configuration with just a few clicks

    Configuration comparisons and rollback has never been so quick and easy! With our network configuration management software, SolarWinds NCM, you can easily view and track changes to network configurations, ensuring that you’re 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 SolarWinds NCM’s 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.

    SolarWinds NCM also includes rollback functionality, enabling you to immediately roll back to a previous "known good" device configuration. This easy-to-deploy configuration management tool enables you to quickly repair unauthorized network configuration changes or recover devices from failed configuration changes, eliminating unnecessary downtime and security risks.

    Learn More about Configuration & Rollbacks »
  • Network Configuration Compliance Management

    Network Configuration Compliance Management

    Utilize configuration management software that actively maintains network configurations in compliance with internal security policies and external regulatory standards like SOX, HIPPA, PCI DSS, NIST and more.

    • Establish compliant baseline configurations and actively monitor for changes
    • View compliance reports, using out-of-the-box templates, showing policy violations
    • Easily update or restore devices to secure and compliant configurations

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager not only operates as device configuration management software, but also provides powerful network configuration policy management and reporting capabilities. These additional capabilities allow you to implement and maintain effective security, risk, and regulatory controls in your network configurations.

    With this feature, you can build and verify configurations before rollout, deploy configurations across heterogeneous devices in a single operation, automatically backup compliant configurations, monitor devices for changes and rollback or restore saved configurations. In addition, you can view compliance reports using out-of-the box assessment templates according to a number of industry standards including SOX, HIPPA, PCI DSS, DISA STIG, NIST, and more.

    Learn More about Network Configuration Compliance »
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System Requirements - One Software Fits All

Operating System

Windows Server 2003 SP2 and 2003 R2 SP2 (32-bit & 64-bit), Windows Server 2008, 2008 SP2, 2008 R2 and 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 R2

CPU

Dual processor, 3.0 GHz

.Net Framework

NET 3.5 SP1 + .NET 4.0

Memory

3 GB

Database

SQL Server 2005 SP1, 2005 SP2, 2005 SP3, 2005 SP4, SQL 2008 without SP, 2008 SP1, 2008 SP2, 2008 SP3, SQL 2008 R2 without SP, 2008 R2 SP1, 2008 R2 SP2, SQL 2012, SQL 2012 SP1

Hard Drive

20 GB

Supported Protocols

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager supports multiple protocols, including SNMP v1/v2/v3, Telnet, SSH v1/v2, and TFTP

Integration with other SolarWinds Products and Resources

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager offers tight integration with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, SolarWinds Firewall Security Manager, SolarWinds Web Help Desk, SolarWinds Engineer’s Toolset, and thwack

NOTE: The minimum server requirements listed assume default configuration. Significantly increasing the poll rate or statistic collection rate could result in additional load on the server, which may require a larger CPU or additional memory.

SolarWinds’ Configuration Management Software’s Must Have Features

  • Automatic Configuration Backup

    Automatic Configuration Backup

    SolarWinds NCM is change management software that automates performing backups of network device configurations on a regular basis for routers, switches, firewalls, access points, and more.

    • Schedule network configuration backups
    • Record network configurations for archival history
    • Easily view network configuration backups and history
    • Perform configuration changes based on logical groups such as location, department, manufacturer, or any custom property

    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 every day, 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.

    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 SolarWinds NCM'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 the Web console.

    Learn More about Network Configuration Backup »
  • Real-time Configuration Change Alerting

    Real-time Configuration Change Alerting

    Receive real-time alerts when configurations change, giving you more control, instant visibility, and improved security with our change management software.

    • Receive instant notifications when device configuration changes occur
    • Perform real-time monitoring of network configuration changes
    • Coordinate notifications from a built-in Syslog and SNMP Trap Server

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager relies on a built-in Syslog Server and SNMP Trap Receiver to detect changes that occur to the configurations of monitored devices in real time and notify you instantly of these changes.

    Network Configuration Manager is effective configuration change management software that automatically compares a new configuration to the existing baseline or the last downloaded configuration. It 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.

    Learn More about Change Management Software »
  • Device End-of-Life Management

    Device End-of-Life Management

    SolarWinds NCM is change management software that makes it easy to research and associate end-of-life dates for your Cisco® and Juniper® routers and switches. It also allows you to create reports for budgeting and device replacement.

    • Easily find end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for your Cisco® and Juniper® devices
    • Quickly prepare reports for capital budget forecasts and device replacement plans
    • Always know which devices are obsolete and unsupported

    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? Our change management software, SolarWinds NCM, makes it easier to answer these questions.

    SolarWinds NCM includes an integrated database of end-of-sale and end-of-life dates for Cisco and Juniper routers and switches. 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 SolarWinds 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, built-in with your change management software, you can now easily create reports that can be used for preparing replacement budgets and coordinating device retirement and replacement.

    Learn More about EOL Management »
  • Configuration Comparisons and Rollback

    Configuration Comparisons and Rollback

    Our configuration management software enables you to identify and repair unauthorized and failed network configuration changes.

    • Access network configuration history to track configuration changes
    • Compare network configuration between two routers or switches with side-by-side comparisons of running and baseline configurations
    • Quickly fix unauthorized network configuration changes
    • Immediately rollback to a previous "known good" device configuration with just a few clicks

    Configuration comparisons and rollback has never been so quick and easy! With our network configuration management software, SolarWinds NCM, you can easily view and track changes to network configurations, ensuring that you’re 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 SolarWinds NCM’s 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.

    SolarWinds NCM also includes rollback functionality, enabling you to immediately roll back to a previous "known good" device configuration. This easy-to-deploy configuration management tool enables you to quickly repair unauthorized network configuration changes or recover devices from failed configuration changes, eliminating unnecessary downtime and security risks.

    Learn More about Configuration & Rollbacks »
  • Network Configuration Compliance Management

    Network Configuration Compliance Management

    Utilize configuration management software that actively maintains network configurations in compliance with internal security policies and external regulatory standards like SOX, HIPPA, PCI DSS, NIST and more.

    • Establish compliant baseline configurations and actively monitor for changes
    • View compliance reports, using out-of-the-box templates, showing policy violations
    • Easily update or restore devices to secure and compliant configurations

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager not only operates as device configuration management software, but also provides powerful network configuration policy management and reporting capabilities. These additional capabilities allow you to implement and maintain effective security, risk, and regulatory controls in your network configurations.

    With this feature, you can build and verify configurations before rollout, deploy configurations across heterogeneous devices in a single operation, automatically backup compliant configurations, monitor devices for changes and rollback or restore saved configurations. In addition, you can view compliance reports using out-of-the box assessment templates according to a number of industry standards including SOX, HIPPA, PCI DSS, DISA STIG, NIST, and more.

    Learn More about Network Configuration Compliance »
  • Integration with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

    Integration with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) integrates with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) to provide an enterprise-wide, unified, intuitive view into your network configuration health, fault, and performance.

    • Determine the cause-and-effect relationship between device configuration changes and network performance & availability
    • View device configuration history alongside network performance statistics
    • Upload/download and execute command scripts directly from Network Performance Monitor’s Web console
    • Execute configuration management actions from Network Performance Monitor alerts

    You don’t need us to tell you that most application problems and network downtime is caused by configuration changes and errors. Network change and configuration management (NCCM) is tough! But never fear… SolarWinds has the solution you need to unravel the mystery of the NCCM puzzle.

    By integrating SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) seamlessly with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM), we’ve delivered the comprehensive solution you need to easily and effectively manage configuration, fault, and performance across complex, multi-vendor networks. Through a single intuitive Web console, you can access both real-time availability statistics and configuration change history for all of your network devices, providing the complete network management solution that you’ve been searching for.

    In addition to saving you valuable time, this integrated solution will minimize the downtime caused by configuration changes or errors. Network Configuration Manager’s advanced configuration management features make it easy to determine the cause-and-effect relationship between a configuration change and a network performance issue. With just a click, you can view a node’s detailed biography on a single screen, including a complete device change history along with advanced network fault and performance metrics.

    Learn More about Integration »
  • Automatic Device Import

    Automatic Device Import

    SolarWinds NCM is change management software that automatically scans your entire network and imports discovered devices into the SolarWinds NCM database for fast and easy deployment.

    • Save time with SolarWinds NCM’s ability to scan your entire network and automatically import devices into its database
    • Ensure your network devices are imported regardless of vendor

    One of the challenges that prevent many network engineers from considering new configuration management software is the monumental task of importing all of their networked devices into the new system.

    Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM).

    Network Configuration Manager includes a robust network discovery engine that quickly scans your entire network and automatically imports all devices into its database, regardless of vendor.

    This popular feature saves you valuable time by eliminating manual configuration and makes deployment fast and easy. You can also import devices from third-party configuration management solutions to ease migration.

    Network Configuration Manager was designed for do-it-yourself deployment. You’ll be up and running in less than an hour—without the need for expensive consultants.

    Learn More about Automatic Importing »
  • Multi-vendor Device Support

    Multi-vendor Device Support

    Manage your heterogeneous network with out-of-the-box support for devices from leading hardware vendors with our configuration management software, SolarWinds NCM.

    • Monitor device configurations from any vendor that supports standard protocols
    • Deploy bulk configuration changes across all of your network devices with a few clicks
    • Standardize your network configurations regardless of vendor

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager was designed to provide out-of-the-box multi-vendor device support for today’s complex network environments. Network Configuration Manager performs network configuration and change management for devices and systems that support standard protocols, such as routers, switches, firewalls, VPN concentrators, wireless access points, and more. Additionally, users can easily modify or build device templates, enabling Network Configuration Manager to scale to highly heterogeneous environments.

    Learn More about Device Support »
  • Device Connection Profiles

    Device Connection Profiles

    Configure SolarWinds NCM to manage new routers and switches faster and with less error. This is accomplished by creating standardized and reusable device profiles that define access attributes like connection type, ID, password, and more.

    • Quickly configure routers and switches
    • Eliminate complexity, improve standardization, and reduce human error
    • Easily synchronize device access properties between devices and SolarWinds NCM

    Device Connection Profiles make it even easier to configure routers and switches for use with SolarWinds NCM. Do many of your devices use common access methods, IDs, and passwords? If so, create a Device Connection Profile and use it whenever you add a new switch. This also prevents human error because you can test and then use these standardized Device Connection Profiles for all similar devices you manage with SolarWinds NCM. But there’s more! Do some of your switches use a telnet or SSH login? If so, create two device connection profiles and tell SolarWinds NCM to auto detect and use the correct profile! Finally, you can even use replaceable tags in your Device Connection Profiles in order to keep IDs, passwords, and other attributes in sync.

    Learn More about Device Connection »
  • Configuration Archive

    Configuration Archive

    Take advantage of configuration management software that allows you to archive your configuration, inventory, and policy data within a secure Microsoft® SQL Server database.

    • Rest assured that all configuration data is securely stored
    • Automatically export device configurations into an archive
    • Restore configurations from the archive

    Are you a config pack rat? Sure, those little configuration files are handy, but as soon as you throw one away, you’ll be frantically trying to remember Telnet configuration commands until you turn blue. We have a better answer!

    With SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), you can automatically export full device configurations in text file format, which can easily be restored using Network Configuration Manager, or copied to set up a new device. Additionally, Network Configuration Manager stores all of your configuration data in a secure Microsoft SQL Server database. You’ll never have to worry about finding an old configuration file again.

    Learn More about Network Configuration Archives »
  • Config Change Templates

    Config Change Templates

    Easily execute advanced configuration changes using a wizard-like interface and simple variable inputs with our change management software.

    • Import and export shared config change templates to and from SolarWinds community site, thwack®
    • Access Network Configuration Manager inventory data in change templates
    • Manage and run config change templates from within Network Configuration Manager’s interface

    Now you can save time by running advanced network scripts made from simple, predefined config templates—even if you don’t have advanced scripting skills! SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) makes it easy with config change templates. Now you can use an intuitive graphical user interface to change interface descriptions and configure VLANs, switch port security, NetFlow, IP SLA, CBQoS, QoS, EnergyWise, and other common and advanced network device features! You can even run config change templates from within the Network Configuration Manager web console and leverage a collection of pre-built and community-generated network config templates contri-buted by the thwack community!

    If you have more advanced scripting or CLI knowledge, you can create advanced config change templates supporting retrieval of inventory data. And with the ability to add logic (such as: if, then, else), you can create customized config tasks and templates and share them with the world on thwack.

    Learn More about Configuration Change Templates »
  • Bulk Configuration Change Management

    Bulk Configuration Change Management

    Simultaneously change a community string, modify an access control list, or block a MAC address across 10 or 10,000 devices.

    • Automate and execute bulk network configuration changes
    • Schedule network configuration changes or make them in real time
    • Easily initiate bulk changes on 10 or 10,000 devices

    Save time and reduce configuration errors through process automation with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manger (NCM). Network Configuration Manager significantly reduces the manual interaction you have with your network devices by enabling you to make network-wide changes to thousands of devices simultaneously—without having to manually SSH or Telnet to each device to make the change. With just a few clicks of the mouse in SolarWinds NCM’s Web-based interface, you can easily deploy bulk changes, update access control lists, or change community strings.

    Learn More about Bulk Change Management »
  • Global Configuration Search

    Global Configuration Search

    Track down a specific configuration or node in seconds by performing a global search directly from the Network Configuration Manager Web console.

    • Search for any configuration-related data directly from SolarWinds NCM’s web interface
    • Quickly search for any IP address, device name, or text within the SolarWinds NCM database

    From SolarWinds NCM’s advanced Web console, you can perform a global search for specific text in any of your configuration files or find any node with matching text, making it easy to track down a specific configuration or node in seconds.

    Learn More about Configuration Search »
  • Network Change Request & Approval

    Network Change Request & Approval

    As a change management tool, SolarWinds NCM allows you to request approvals before making sensitive changes to devices.

    Unapproved configuration changes can create chaos within your network. SolarWinds NCM includes a Change Request Approval workflow that provides a means for requesting approval prior to making sensitive configuration changes across your network. By allowing another pair of eyes to verify and confirm potentially sensitive changes, you create an additional security layer to your network’s change management process.

    Learn More about Network Change Requests »
  • Network Device Inventory Reporting

    Network Device Inventory Reporting

    Generate a detailed network inventory of all managed devices, including serial numbers, port details, IP addresses, and more with our configuration management software, SolarWinds NCM.

    • Perform detailed inventory of network devices
    • Build and maintain a configuration management database
    • Save thousands by paying for network device maintenance contracts based on real inventory, not speculation

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is not only a comprehensive configuration management solution, but also a device management solution. Network Configuration Manager creates a detailed network inventory of all managed devices. Real-time network inventory reports are available directly from the SolarWinds NCM Web interface. Alternatively, you can easily schedule these reports to be generated automatically and then emailed, printed, or exported to Excel, HTML, PDF, or a plain text file. Serial numbers, interface and port details, IP addresses, ARP tables, installed software, and many other details are included in SolarWinds NCM’s configuration management database.

    In addition, network device inventory reports can help save you money if you have maintenance contracts based on the number of devices in your operational networks. Without SolarWinds NCM, you’d probably have to choose between paying a vendor invoice "as is”, or committing many hours to reconciling the invoice against what actually resides on your network. With SolarWinds NCM, you can create inventory reports with the appropriate filters to select vendor and model types quickly, making it easy to reconcile maintenance contracts.

    Learn More about Device Inventory Reporting »
  • User Roles, Permissions, and Activity Tracking

    User Roles, Permissions and Activity Tracking

    Protect against unauthorized network configuration changes and ensures compliance with regulations, such as HIPAA and PCI with our change management software.

    • Create device login credentials to quickly troubleshoot network issues and view who made configuration changes, who backed up configurations, and when users logged in and out
    • Enable multiple user accounts with different privileges
    • Ensure compliance with federal regulations and standards, such as HIPAA, PCI, and FIPS and deliver necessary documentation for external and internal audits

    Network Configuration Manager can leverage your Active Directory® infrastructure for user account authentication and password management so you can determine who made changes, who backed up configurations, and when users logged in and out of Network Configuration Manager. Create device login credentials and protect your devices from unauthorized changes by restricting authority to make configuration changes only to the appropriate personnel.

    Learn More about Change Management »
  • Cisco® EnergyWise Configuration Management

    Cisco® EnergyWise Configuration Management

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager enables Cisco EnergyWise network devices for energy management and activates specific EnergyWise policies on the network.

    • Schedule batch jobs to push EnergyWise IOS updates to your Cisco network devices
    • Backup your current network configurations before deploying new EnergyWise-enabled ones
    • Enable and configure EnergyWise policies across your entire network from an intuitive Web console
    • Receive real-time notification of unauthorized or inadvertent EnergyWise configuration changes

    Have you ever left the office after a long day at work only to find a conference room with the lights left on? Sure, you do your part and flip the light switch off on your way out, but what if you had a quick and easy way to ensure all of the lights were turned off? What if you could also turn off all the phones, PCs, or all devices connected to the network when users go home for the night? Imagine the total savings you could provide for your company.

    Cisco and SolarWinds have partnered to provide you with an easy-to-use, network-based solution for energy management that uses Cisco EnergyWise technology.

    Cisco EnergyWise focuses on reducing the energy consumption of all devices connected to a Cisco network ranging from Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices, such as IP phones and wireless access points to IP-enabled building and lighting controllers.

    EnergyWise technology gives you a framework for discovering, monitoring, optimizing, advising, and regulating energy needs for your business. Cisco EnergyWise encompasses a highly intelligent, network-based approach to communicate messages that control energy between network devices and endpoints.

    The SolarWinds product family enables energy management with a few simple steps:

    • First, run a SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor EnergyWise readiness report to find all EnergyWise supported devices on your network
    • Next, use SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager to complete a batch update of the IOS for each device to a level that supports EnergyWise features
    • Then, select which energy policy settings you want to use to start managing your network’s energy consumption
    • Finally, report on your network’s energy consumption and savings from Network Configuration Manager’s intuitive Web console that automatically recognizes EnergyWise-enabled devices
    Learn More about Cisco® EnergyWise »
  • Remote Firmware and IOS Transfers

    Remote Firmware and IOS Transfers

    Perform remote IOS/firmware updates in real time or schedule them to run at a future time from a single console.

    • Easily keep all of your network devices up-to-date from a single console
    • Upload and download IOS images with the built-in SolarWinds TFTP Server

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) enables IOS/firmware updates to be performed in real time or to be scheduled to run during a future time frame using the award-winning SolarWinds TFTP server or via FTP, HTTP, or any other protocol. With the enhanced grouping capability of Network Configuration Manager, images can be uploaded to devices based on a specific grouping or combination of grouping properties, allowing you to easily manage each type of network device separately.

    Learn More about Firmware & IOS Transfers »
  • Microsoft Active Directory Integration

    Microsoft Active Directory Integration

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager leverages your existing Active Directory user accounts to simplify login and account management.

    • Leverage existing Microsoft Active Directory user account information and groups for Network Configuration Manager logins
    • Customize accounts to display specific types of network data for a subset of users
    • Create priority groups for users who belong to multiple Active Directory groups so you can ensure the appropriate permissions are delivered to specific users

    Leverage your existing Microsoft Active Directory user accounts to allow users to log in to Network Configuration Manager. Users and groups can automatically log in using custom username/password or optionally use an AD pass-through login to bypass the login screens altogether.

    As an administrator, you can customize each account and specify which types of information are displayed within the Network Configuration Manager interface for a particular department, group, or user. This ensures that only the people who need to view specific information have access to it, providing an increased level of internal security.

    Learn More about Active Directory Integration »
  • Community Content Exchange

    Community Content Exchange

    Take advantage of shared resources within the SolarWinds community, thwack, to quickly extend your configuration management to new devices types.

    • Share device templates to extend Network Configuration Manager support to new devices
    • Share custom scripts with thousands of other network engineers to make managing your network a bit easier
    • Relax knowing that you will never need to debug a device configuration issue alone again

    With SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), you can leverage the SolarWinds online community, thwack, by implementing device command templates, custom scripts, and configuration snippets created by an extensive community of network engineers who are highly skilled with SolarWinds products.

    Network Configuration Manager’s interactive Web console offers direct links to browse, download, and share templates and scripts on thwack, making it easy for community members to benefit from each other’s resources and save valuable time. Thwack will even alert you when new resources are posted, so you can easily expand your config management capabilities!

    Integration between Network Configuration Manager and thwack also makes it quick and effortless to post a question or search for answers about SolarWinds NCM in the thwack forums.

    Learn More about Content Exchanging »
  • Multi-user LUCID Web Interface

    Multi-user LUCID Web Interface

    Quickly isolate and diagnose network configuration problems with a Web interface that is Logical, Useable, Customizable, Interactive and Drill-down.

    • Manage by exception and focus on highlighted issues that cross predefined thresholds
    • Customize and view data in graphs, tables, maps, and top 10 lists
    • Receive instant notifications when device configs change
    • Provide instant visibility to all members of your team

    Most software vendors claim their software is easy to use. However, at SolarWinds, we’re taking "easy-to-use" to a completely new level with our LUCID Web Interface. Based on feedback from thousands of engineers just like you, we have identified and implemented five critical interface attributes that simplify network configuration management.

    • Logical – The SolarWinds LUCID Web interface presents network fault, performance, and configuration information in a logical and intuitive manner to help you quickly make informed decisions about your network. The interface precisely presents the information you need to quickly determine if your network configurations have changed.
    • Useable – SolarWinds NCM provides a tremendous breadth of information in every view, yet the interface is very useable. Administrator tasks have all been designed to allow you to maintain the NCM interface with just a few clicks of your mouse.
    • Customizable – Rearrange Web resources, Top 10 views, modify time periods, and customize resources to meet your specific network environment. Easily tailor SolarWinds NCM’s maps to match so you can quickly discover any performance related issues.
    • Interactive – Automatically updates your network's latest performance indicators to help you quickly determine if any network issues could potentially impact users.
    • Drill-down – View detailed information on virtually every device, performance indicator, and status link by simply drilling into respective hot performance indicators.
    Learn More about our LUCID Interface »
  • Quick, Do-It-Yourself Deployment

    Quick, Do-It-Yourself Deployment

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager takes less than an hour to install using a few simple steps and a wizard interface that guides you through the process step-by-step.

    • DIY deployment gets you up and running in less than an hour
    • Simple wizard interface
    • Automatically imports network device configuration data

    SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) provides a simple installation and configuration wizard that makes it easy to deploy. Network Configuration Manager automatically scans your entire network and imports discovered devices into the Network Configuration Manager database for fast and easy deployment.

    Even better, with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager’s intuitive Web interface, you won’t need to attend training classes, read books with large animals on the cover, or pour through manuals in order to become productive.

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Demos

  • Live Demo: Orion Network Configuration Management (NCM)

    Fire up the live demo and see for yourself how Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM) delivers easy-to-use network configuration & change management (NCCM) that can be used standalone or integrated seamlessly with Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM).

Datasheets

  • Datasheet: Network Configuration Manager

    SolarWinds® Network Configuration Manager (NCM) simplifies managing network configuration 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.

Videos

Webcasts

  • Network Configuration Management Best Practices

    SolarWinds Head Geek, Patrick Hubbard and François Caron, Director of Product Management - Network Management, provide a technical, hands-on demonstration showing how SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) can help you save you time on five common network configuration tasks.

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Case Studies

  • CTV Gives SolarWinds Orion High Ratings for Managing Mission-Critical Networks

    For the past eight years, CTV Inc., Canada’s largest private broadcaster, has used SolarWinds Orion suite of IT management solutions to manage its IT, engineering and video networks which serve more than 5000 employees across 30+ locations. Orion’s extensive features, ease of use and flexibility make the solution a trusted part of the broadcaster’s suite of assets management strategy.

Whitepapers

  • Firewall Management with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager & Firewall Security Manager

    Firewall management is key to effective network change and configuration management. In order to effectively manage the firewall security rules and regulations, you need to understand the challenges in firewall management and how you can overcome them with good insight into firewall analytics and network configuration changes. This whitepaper will help you understand the how to effectively manage your enterprise firewalls and overall network configuration.

Product FAQ

  • Q:  How is Network Configuration Manager licensed?

    A:  Network Configuration Manager is licensed according to the total number of devices you’re managing. A managed device can be a firewall, router, switch or just about any other network device that supports remote access and a command line interface (CLI).

  • Q:  Is the end-of-sale/end-of-life database required for Device End-of-Life Management included with NCM and does it require an active Internet connection to us?

    A:  Yes, the database is included with NCM v7.2 and above. It does not require an active Internet connection to use.

  • Q:  How many devices can one SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager instance support?

    A:  By deploying APEs one NCM installation can typically handle about 30,000 devices. If you already have APEs for other SolarWinds products (e.g. NPM), you can leverage them for NCM, too.

    However, the total depends on your system hardware, the types of devices monitored, and the number and concurrency of the jobs you run. Should you need to manage more devices, and you decide to add NCM instances, consider consolidating your views of multiple instances with the Orion Enterprise Operations Console. For more information about scaling NCM, please contact your account manager.

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Extensions

As your IT infrastructure grows, SolarWinds' products scale to meet your monitoring and management needs.

Enterprise Operations Console (EOC)

Enterprise Operations Console (EOC)

Enterprise Operations Console delivers a consolidated command center for unified visibility into the remote SolarWinds deployments throughout your geographically distributed networks.

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Additional Polling Engines

Additional Polling Engines

By adding additional polling engines, you can distribute the polling load between multiple servers to provide scalability for large IT infrastructures.

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Failover Engine (FoE)

Failover Engine (FoE)

SolarWinds Failover Engine monitors the health of your SolarWinds servers to ensure you never lose visibility of the performance of monitored elements in your IT infrastructure. If something should happen to your primary SolarWinds server, the Failover Engine automatically fails over to a remote server.

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Web Server Engine

Web Server Engine

By adding an additional web server engine, you can enable more users to access the dashboards and reports in the SolarWinds web portal without potential performance degradation.

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Version History

v 7.3
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) v7.3 offers the following usability and performance enhancements:
  • Enhanced Architecture - Merged NCM and Core/NPM databases
    • Optimized database schema
    • Orion account limitations now applied to NCM jobs as well
    • Add/Remove devices through the core node management page
    • Support for Subviews
    • Node sync removed
    • Simplified installation, upgrade, and maintenance
    • Enhanced support for integration with other Orion modules
  • Enriched End-of-Life (EOL)/End-of-Sale (EOS) Data Management
    • Improved data matching reliability for EoL/EoS
    • EoL/EoS data includes more device information
  • Improved Web Interface - New version of the Configuration Management Page
  • Clear all transfers for users from the Transfer Status page in the Web UI
  • Sort Jobs Summary table by required column
  • Improved support for Huawei devices
  • Support for SWISv3
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v 7.2
Network Configuration Manager v7.2 adds device end-of-life management, device connection profiles, new Web GUI and support for new devices including Palo Alto and Brocade.
  • Device End-of-Life Management
  • Device Connection Profiles
  • Scheduling for Template-based Configuration Changes
  • Support for Additional Devices, including Brocade
  • Web UI for Job Management, Configuration Management and more
  • Configuration Change Approval Workflow
  • Several bug fixes
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v 7.1
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) v7.1 incorporates key performance and scalability improvements
  • Support for additional polling engines to increase the number of manageable nodes or distribute the load across multiple polling engines
  • Ease-of-use enhancements for Real-Time Change Detection (RCTD) feature
  • Web interface usability and performance improvements
  • Expanded device support – Alaxala and Apresia
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v 7.0
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) v7.0 incorporates many of the product enhancements and features that you told us you wanted in a 21st-century configuration management solution. Tell us how we did in our Product Review Forum on thwack ».
  • Workflow for Approvals – request approval before making sensitive changes
  • Improved Unified Web Console – for those users that have integrated Network Configuration Manager with Network Performance Monitor (NPM), the standalone website and integrated website have been merged
  • Node Management Improvements:
    • Users of Network Configuration Manager as a standalone product can now configure the discovery of their network via the LUCID web interface
    • Users of Network Configuration Manager as a standalone product will now benefit from the feature rich node management capabilities including grouping and properties
    • Users of Network Configuration Manager integrated with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor will benefit from an easy-to-use web interface that will keep their managed node lists synchronized
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v 6.1
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) v6.1 incorporates many of the product enhancements and features that you told us you wanted in a 21st-century configuration management solution. Tell us how we did in our Product Review Forum on thwack ».

Version 6.1 of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager delivers enterprise-level capabilities that are typically reserved for five- and six-figure network configuration and change management (NCCM) deployments – but at a highly affordable four-figure price! We hope that you will love the new features we've built into the product, including:
  • Enhanced Policy Reporting:
    • Report on config policies all the way down to the block level
    • Integrated Orion web interface and workflow
    • Ensure that rules work as expected by testing against the config prior to implementation
    • Reuse reports and leverage community policy reports via import and export functionality
    • With one-click, import or export config change templates to or from thwack, the SolarWinds online community
    • Enhanced support for IPv6 configs
    • New Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) STIG compliance report (available on thwack)
    • Over 8X improvement in device inventory performance
    • Create custom configuration file types for greater flexibility
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v 6.0
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) v6.0 incorporates common management tasks and administration features you wanted.
  • Config change templates - execute common config management tasks without writing scripts
  • Enhanced integration with Network Performance Monitor - manage and receive alerts on configuration, fault, and performance through a single web console
  • New compliance, security and administration features - adhere to compliance mandates such as PCI, SOX, and HIPAA
  • Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) compatibility
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To see a complete version history for SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager,
please visit our release notes.
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