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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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Likelihood to Recommend

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

We have used it to test our SDWAN bandwidth during our initial rollout. The WAN Killer does just that, and you can see how much traffic your wan links can take. It has also been helpful in identifying open ports that we need to lock down to ensure we are achieving compliance with SOX, HIPAA, and PCI. This is a tool for network engineers, I can't see use cases for non-network related tasks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds NCM is well-suited for most small to large sized companies. It could help technicians and admins monitor the network at their organizations. There is some efficiency in the deployment of the agents to all connected endpoints which makes it great for medium to large networks. For networks with less than 25 endpoints, it would be overkill. Time to setup, implement, and maintain would take away from all other tasks during the day for a single admin or tech
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

  • Network Stress Tests.
  • Port mapping.
  • Open port checking.
  • MIB walking.
  • CPU/Memory monitoring.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Configuration Comparison Tool is great since you can quickly compare configs in a single pane of glass. To make things easier to identify, NCM will highlight the differences.
  • Vulnerability reporting on all current versions of Cisco IOS/NXOS software. NCM will identify the version of firmware you are using and also list the most well known CVE vulnerabilities that are associated with each version.
  • I appreciate NCM is vendor agnostic. It will consume configs from any network device. It can also be customized to look for certain strings that are missing or to look for certain strings that are present. Very flexible and since it isn't vendor specific, I don't feel like I'm being forced to buy a certain manufacturer to obtain all of the 'features' like I do with other products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

  • User interface feels dated.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • The NCM does not work particularly well out of the box on some not so popular network hardware like Ubiquiti, Fluid Mesh and others
  • The auto-select device does not always work and sometimes you have to modify a template to get the full backup to work. SolarWinds tech support can help with this if you are not familiar
  • The email notifications of the backups and the deltas are very simple html. It would be nice to see some improvement on the output there. Looks about 10 years old...
Michael Haberkern | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 8.2
Based on 4 answers
I simply love this product for what it does. it backups our configs and stores them so i don't have to worry about if we have current configs. It allows me to recover from a cisco failure in a matter of minutes rather than hours. I only have to copy and paste instead of recreate. so the maximum downtime we have is the time it takes to get the physical hardware replaced
Aaron Coody | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to use and intuitive. Just be careful with the WAN Killer...it does what it says.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.7
Based on 7 answers
I have used other products and I keep coming back to SolarWinds. It is a simple, easy to understand interface that has a repeatable installation. It is also as complete and complex as the end user wants it to be. If you are tasked with configuration management and are not a network engineer by trade, this tool can help to keep you PCI/HIPAA/SOX compliant on your network infrastructure.
Wyant Niswonger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Our organization uses it regularly. It is reliable, and we keep finding new uses for it
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 6.8
Based on 12 answers
They will tell you it's your problem until you prove 3 different ways that it's the system and then they'll "escalate to an engineer" at which point they might help you or close the case blaming some internally well-known thing that isn't shared with customers.
Robert Harrison | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Change management played a key role in our organisation. We didn't have any major downtime but it was crucial for us to get his product.
Nandini pallipamu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

SolarWinds NPM and NCM use a lot of the tools available in the toolset. This is a nice combo of the two with a little bit of IPAM thrown in. I would say the toolset is geared more toward the field engineer, that will be doing work that may sever communications to the rest of the network. That said, we keep finding new uses for it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

We already had a large SolarWinds deployment before we selected NCM, so there really wasn't an alternative we considered. However, we did also demo NetBrain, which we liked a lot. We didn't go with NetBrain primarily because the pricing was exhorbitant for an enterprise our size.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

  • Time to resolution has been reduced.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

  • Prior to breaking the baseline function, NCM was considered our most valuable network tool. Without adding any additional FTEs, we could ensure we maintained current backups, ensured consistent application of security settings and can monitor for unauthorized changes.
  • For a very little additional cost, we vastly improved our network security and availability.
Graham Clarkson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

SolarWinds Engineer's Toolset

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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