Solution:Network Configuration Management Software

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Network Configuration Management SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) simplifies managing network change and configuration files in multi-vendor network environments by continuously monitoring device changes and configurations and by providing immediate notification of configuration changes to help resolve problems before they impact users.

  • Detect configuration policy violations and report down to the interface level
  • Troubleshoot network issues with immediate visibility into the cause-and-effect relationship between configuration errors and network performance
  • Inventory network device hardware with just a few mouse clicks

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Network Configuration Manager

Automated Network Configuration & Change Management

  • 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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Manage all files related to network change and configuration in a multi-vendor network

  • Execute automated and comprehensive change management and backup across multiple vendors
  • Pinpoint network issues with immediate visibility into causal relationships between configuration errors and network performance
  • Locate configuration policy violations and report down to the interface level
  • Inventory network device hardware with just a few mouse clicks

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) reduces the complexity of managing network change and configuration files in multi-vendor network environments by providing immediate notification of configuration changes and continuously monitoring device changes and configurations to help resolve problems before they impact users.
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Automate the scheduling of configuration backups

  • Create schedules for network configuration backups
  • Create archival history by recording network configurations
  • View network configuration backups and history with ease

With SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), you’ll be able to schedule configuration downloads, configuration uploads, device reboots, command scripts execution, and more. Additionally, configuration backups are stored both in a relational database for archival history and as flat files in an intuitive folder structure for easy viewing.

A default configuration backup job included in SolarWinds NCM can be run out of the box. You can easily customize the job for your particular backup needs. SolarWinds NCM also makes it easy to create your own job from scratch because each job performs backups of network device configurations based on naming convention, machine type, or other custom groups.

SolarWinds NCM organizes scheduled jobs using the Windows® Task Scheduler. View or modify each job created in SolarWinds NCM within the application or from within the Windows Task Scheduler.
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Get alerts in real time when configurations change

  • Get instant notifications when device configuration changes occur
  • Use Message Center, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)'s built-in Syslog and SNMP Trap Server, to coordinate notifications
  • Perform real-time monitoring of changes to your network configuration

The built-in Syslog Server and SNMP Trap Receiver in SolarWinds NCM detect configuration changes in monitored devices in real time and notify you of the changes instantly. SolarWinds NCM compares new configurations to existing baselines or the last downloaded configuration and notifies you of the differences, enabling you to isolate and eliminate a configuration change quickly as the cause of a network problem.
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Manage configurations for devices throughout a multi-vendor network

  • Standardize network configurations across multiple vendors
  • Manage device configurations using standard Command Line Interface (CLI) for vendors that support it
  • Make configuration changes in bulk with just a few clicks across all of your network devices

Enjoy out-of-the-box multi-vendor device support for even the most complex network environments with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM). SolarWinds NCM performs network configuration and change management in a range of devices from more than 20 manufacturers, including firewalls, routers, switches, VPN concentrators, wireless access points and more. It’s easy for users to modify existing device templates or build new ones. As a result, SolarWinds NCM can scale to highly heterogeneous environments.
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Observe and report on network compliance policy violations

  • Implement a range of network configuration policy management tasks
  • Detect and report on policy violations at all levels, down to the interface level, with an integrated LUCID Web interface and workflow
  • Verify rules against current configurations with the built-in syntax checker before implementing
  • Support network compliance with internal standards and federal regulations
  • Use built-in templates to create policy reports
  • Remediate policy violations quickly

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) gives you the capability to ensure device compliance with federal regulations and corporate standards. You’ll find various out-of-the-box policy reports, including SOX, HIPAA, CISP, and Cisco® Security in the Policy Reporting Manager.

SolarWinds NCM Policy Reporter provides plenty of help as you automate the policy compliance process with scheduled reports that identify which devices have configuration violations. SolarWinds NCM Policy Reporter also locates devices that could be accessed by unauthorized users, pose a security risk, or that do not meet internal configuration standards.

With SolarWinds NCM, it’s a simple matter to build custom reports and policy rules for your organization’s compliance needs. You’ll create rules and policy reports that reflect specific device configuration templates, test them against the configuration, and then execute the report on all appropriate devices to identify corrections that need to be made to configurations. You can access custom policy rules and reports from SolarWinds NCM’s LUCID Web interface.

You can use SolarWinds NCM’s streamlined device remediation feature to remediate policy violations immediately and directly from your reports. Just right-click on a policy violation within the Windows® client reporting interface and you can apply a remediation script to repair any devices that violated policies. SolarWinds NCM streamlines the configuration policy verification and remediation process for SOX, HIPAA, and other regulations. You’ll also enjoy SolarWinds NCM’s seamless integration with thwack, the SolarWinds online user community where users can share and benefit from compliance reports built by others, such as PCI and DISA STIG.
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View, monitor, and run comparisons on configurations using a Web-based interface

  • Manage by exception and zero in on specific issues that cross predefined thresholds
  • Reduce network configuration complexity with a LUCID™ (Logical, Useable, Customizable, Interactive, and Drill-down) Web interface
  • View data that you customize in tables, graphs, maps, and top 10 lists
  • Enable instant visibility for all team members
  • Get instant notifications when device configurations change

View, track changes, and compare network device configurations remotely without logging on to the physical SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) server.
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Manage your complete network device inventory

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

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is a comprehensive configuration management solution and device management solution. SolarWinds NCM creates a detailed network inventory of all managed devices. Real-time network inventory reports are available directly from the SolarWinds NCM Web interface or you can easily schedule these reports to generate automatically and then email, print, or export to Excel, HTML, PDF, or a plain text file. SolarWinds NCM's configuration management database includes serial numbers, interface and port details, IP addresses, ARP tables, installed software, and many other details.

SolarWinds NCM's inventory reports can also help save you money if you have maintenance contracts based on the number of devices in your operational networks. 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 and SMARTnet contracts.
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Send updates to device firmware remotely

  • Access a single Web console to update network devices easily
  • Use the built-in SolarWinds TFTP Server to upload and download firmware

With SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), you can update firmware in real time or schedule future runs. You can use the award-winning SolarWinds TFTP server or use FTP, HTTP, or any other protocol. Using the enhanced grouping capability of SolarWinds NCM, upload images to devices based on specific groupings or combination of grouping properties to manage each type of network device separately.
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Reduce user management complexity by managing users based on role to establish device login credentials

  • Quickly troubleshoot network issues and view who made configuration changes, who backed up configurations, and when users logged in and out of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) by creating device login credentials
  • Enable multiple user accounts with different privileges
  • Ensure compliance with federal regulations and standards, such as HIPAA, PCI, DISA STIG, and FIPS and deliver necessary documentation for external and internal audits

SolarWinds NCM allows you to integrate your Windows Active Directory or local system user accounts with SolarWinds NCM. You can manage users based on their roles and establish individual device login credentials per user. SolarWinds NCM logs all user activity, allowing you to keep an archive of changes and activity.
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Compare device configurations and roll back problem devices to known good states

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

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) allows you to 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 configuration types by changing templates or downloading custom configuration types.

Each change to a configuration file is highlighted for easy viewing in the SolarWinds NCM 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 roll back to a previous "known good" device configuration immediately. This way, you can quickly repair unauthorized network configuration changes or recover devices from failed configuration changes, eliminating unnecessary downtime and security risks.
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Get approvals for specific changes before updating or changing sensitive devices

Use the SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) Change Request Approval feature to request approval prior to making sensitive configuration changes across your network. This helps you gather feedback about potentially sensitive changes so that you add a layer of security to your change management process.
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Archive network configuration data automatically

  • Automatically export device configurations into an archive
  • Restore configurations from the archive

With SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM), you can automatically export full device configurations in text file format which can easily be restored using SolarWinds NCM or copied to set up a new device. Additionally, SolarWinds NCM stores all of your configuration data in a secure Microsoft® SQL Server database.
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Run configuration searches across your entire configuration database

  • Search for any configuration-related data directly from the SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 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.
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Execute configuration changes with a wizard-like interface

  • Execute advanced configuration changes easily, with a wizard-like interface and simple variable inputs
  • Import and export shared configuration change templates to and from thwack
  • Access SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) inventory data in change templates
  • Manage and run configuration change templates from within the SolarWinds NCM interface

Save time by running advanced network scripts made from simple, predefined configuration templates using 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 configuration change templates from within the SolarWinds NCM Web console and leverage a collection of pre-built and community-generated network configuration templates contributed by the thwack community. If you have more advanced scripting or CLI knowledge, you can create advanced configuration change templates supporting retrieval of inventory data. And with the ability to add logic (such as: if, then, else), you can create customized configuration tasks and templates and share them on thwack.
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Enjoy seamless integration with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)

  • Seamlessly integrate SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) to achieve a comprehensive solution for managing configuration, fault, and performance across complex networks
  • Determine the cause-and-effect relationship between device configuration changes and network performance and availability
  • View device configuration history alongside network performance statistics
  • Upload, download, and execute command scripts directly from SolarWinds NPM’s Web console
  • Execute SolarWinds NCM configuration management actions from SolarWinds NPM alerts
  • Create alert actions to show the last X configuration changes
  • Create alert actions to back up running configurations

By integrating SolarWinds NCM seamlessly with SolarWinds NPM, we’ve delivered a comprehensive solution for managing configuration, fault, and performance across complex, multi-vendor networks. Through a single Web console, you can access both real-time availability statistics and configuration change history for all of your network devices. You can even execute configuration management actions based on SolarWinds NPM alerts.

SolarWinds NCM’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.
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Manage energy consumption by configuring Cisco EnergyWise devices

  • Schedule batch jobs to push EnergyWise IOS updates to your Cisco network devices
  • Back up 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

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 communicating messages that control energy between network devices and endpoints.
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Find the deployment option that best fits your network

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) provides three deployment options: standalone, integrated with other SolarWinds products on a single server, or integrated with other SolarWinds products on separate servers.
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