SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

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SolarWinds NCM good product

10 out of 10
January 26, 2022
All the network components of our organization are part of our NCM environment. With [SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)] we …
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A great time saver!

9 out of 10
January 24, 2022
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager has treated us well. All our network equipment is backed up through the Network Configuration …
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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is network diagnostics and troubleshooting technology, from Austin-based SolarWinds.

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What is SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)?

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) can help save time and improve network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices.

Network Configuration Manager enables IT Pros with:
  • Out-of-the-box support for major network device vendors, including Cisco®, Juniper®, HP®, Huawei®, F5®, Avaya®, Ruckus®, and more.
  • Automated bulk deployment of standardized device configs.
  • Automatic backups of device configurations, and rollback to the last-known good configurations, if necessary.
  • Identifying IOS® devices with potential vulnerabilities, utilizing the NIST CVE repository service, and even provides the tools to manage the investigation, remediation, or waiver of each vulnerability.
  • Auditing device configs for NIST FISMA, DISA STIG, and DSS PCI compliance.
  • Built on the Orion® Platform, NCM provides the ability to purchase and fully integrate with additional network monitoring modules (network performance monitoring, NetFlow traffic analysis, WAN management, VoIP, device tracking, and IP address management), as well as systems, storage, and virtualization management, all in a single web console.

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) Features

  • Supported: Configuration Change Automation
  • Supported: Configuration Backup and Restore
  • Supported: Change Monitoring
  • Supported: Change Management - Roles & Approval
  • Supported: Baselines and Configuration Drift Monitoring
  • Supported: IOS Vulnerability Scanning
  • Supported: Compliance Assessment and Enforcement
  • Supported: Network Insight for Cisco Nexus
  • Supported: Network Insight for Cisco ASA

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Network Automation -  manage rapid change across complex and multi-vendor networks, reduce time needed to complete repetitive tasks, and maintain standards and service levels for uninterrupted ITConfig Backup - rest easy knowing you can locate the most current configuration and quickly apply it to a replacement spare, or to roll back a blown configuration.Vulnerability Scanning - Take the hassle out of vulnerability scanning using NCM's integration with the National Vulnerability Database and access to the most current CVE’s to identify vulnerabilities in your Cisco devices.Inventory Management - Be able to know what devices are connected to your network, their hardware and software configurations, and when they approach end-of-service and end-of-life, with NCM device configuration management tool.User Management - Use NCM's integrated console to lock down devices from unauthorized access, delegate who can view device details and make configuration changes, and determine when network changes can occur.Baselines and Diffs - IT professionals can get a more comprehensive view by leveraging baselines across multiple nodes. Diff view in NCM’s network configuration management tool is designed to highlight only those lines that changed.Reports - Use NCM's 53 included reports to keep stakeholders informed with the current state of your network inventory, configuration changes, policy compliance, security, and planning requirements.

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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) Integrations

  • SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
  • SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer
  • SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM)
  • SolarWinds NetFlow Traffic Analyzer (NTA)
  • SolarWinds Web Performance Monitor (WPM)
  • SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM)
  • SolarWinds VoIP & Network Quality Manager (VNQM)
  • SolarWinds Virtualization Manager (VMAN)
  • SolarWinds Storage Resource Monitor (SRM)
  • SolarWinds User Device Tracker

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Score 10 out of 10
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We use the SolarWinds NCM to manage the configuration of all of our network appliances, specifically all the switchgear in all of our offices, using it to maintain configuration history.
  • Easy to deploy
  • Easy to configure
  • Easy to manage post initial configuration
  • The main frustration is the overall slowness of the Orion platform, especially as more modules and nodes are added.
If you are looking for a network configuration management solution, this is by far the easiest to deploy, configure and manage. It just works and we have never had any issues with it.
To keep it simple, this solution just works and has allowed us to manage all network configurations and backups in a central location where it is easy to pull that data from should it be needed.
Score 6 out of 10
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We used Solarwinds NCM for almost a decade before the unfortunate Solarwinds hack. Automation and scripting wasn't as prevalent during those years and Solarwinds NCM filled those needs. Making configuration changes to hundreds of devices using NCM saved countless hours which was a direct benefit to the our business's bottom line. The amount of changes needed throughout a year were in the dozens as our network was constantly changing. NCM also came in clutch in many device failures because of the automated backups. We were able to quickly pull the previous configurations and restore them onto the new replacement device within minutes.
  • Configuration backups (incremental and timed)
  • Pushing out configuration changes in mass
  • Scheduled Firmware upgrades
  • Storage hungry (needs lots of storage space)
  • basic alerting (could benefit from triggering scripts if/then conditions)
  • auto-discovery didn't always work (had to manually add nodes most of the time)
If your IT team isn't proficient in automation and scripting, Solarwinds NCM can fill that gap (assuming your company's security team signs off on approving SW in your environment given the hack.) Basic device configuration, pushing mass changes reliably and backups are NCM's strong suites. If you have a complex scenario where if/then cases are needed, NCM is a bit lack luster. Auto discovery isn't as easy either as certain parameters need to be met for that feature to work 100% of the time.
NCM has definitely filled the gap when automation skills weren't as prevalent. During our 7 years of using NCM we saved hundreds of hours when we had to change banners, credentials, add vlans, change backup destinations and more across hundreds of devices. These days however, most network engineers will have the python skill set to create customized scripts to perform these functions for a fraction of the cost.
Score 10 out of 10
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NCM is being used as our central device change tracking application. It is used to centralize and control our internal processes related to network device configuration change management. The application helps us know who can and does make changes to network devices. It also plays a central role with internal auditing of device configurations policies. The chief advantage of NCM is in the ability to schedule configuration backups jobs and track device configuration changes. Being able to execute a policy audit report related to DISA STIG, PCI, SOX, or other rule sets is also a huge time saver.
  • Archiving of device configurations. This is the most basic of features for NCM and provides an easy way to maintain startup and running configurations for all network devices.
  • NCM can execute scripts. Any task that is typically done by a technician from the command line is handled by NCM. This includes the ability to schedule script execution jobs against a single device or multiple devices.
  • NCM provides several types of reports out of the box. These include configuration change reports and inventory reports as the best examples.
  • One can easily perform a "stare and compare" of two device configurations so as to quickly and easily determine where changes have occurred.
  • For those people who may not be proficient at using regular expressions, NCM needs to evolve to provide more direct contextual help in this regard.
  • The job logs that NCM provides are very utilitarian and do not lend themselves to viewing and searching well at all.
Network Configuration Manager really is well suited to any environment regardless of size or vendor mix. It has out-of-the-box support for a large and growing list of network vendors, and provides a user-friendly tool to adjust the tool to work with the occasional device that cannot be recognized by default. NCM would be of particular value to the small IT shop where only a few busy IT staff are responsible for a large number of network devices. The time that is saved by being able to centrally manage configuration management and reporting tasks is huge.
As an example, the simple but time-consuming task of finding a change in a running configuration could take hours. That job now takes seconds. Similarly, running change reports over a time period is quick and easy and allows IT staff to complete device managements tasks in a fraction of the time, freeing them up to get to other tasks in their day.
Score 8 out of 10
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This is an outstanding tool for performing Network configuration management. Solarwinds natively support config management for most of the Cisco device types, as well as, a significant number of other Vendor types. The tool provides configuration comparison reports, vulnerability assessments, and provision to upload config back to the network nodes. The tool includes scripts that are useful in setting up and deploying nodes which is a significant time-saver during deployment. We needed to configure NCM to run inventory and compliance reports for all network assets for our auditors.
  • Easy to install, configure and use
  • Reporting is simple
  • Works with other SolarWinds products and can run on the same server instance as other products
  • Cost effective
  • Hot fixes for bugs are released often
  • Online interface can be confusing
  • Difficult to track changes within the tool
Support for the products is 24/7, which is fantastic should you need assistance. We have used this product to keep track of configurations and configuration changes on all multi-vendor routers/switches. If we experience an outage we are able to provide services to troubleshoot and provide details regarding the outage with reports. Configuration comparison is not easy to create and does not work as expected. We have experienced issues where ports are stuck in an undefined state and cannot be removed without going directly into the database tables.
The tool has created operating efficiencies and allowed staff to reclaim time in their day. It has improved IT’s service level to their customers and shortened the time necessary to complete tasks.
Score 9 out of 10
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Our organization uses SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) to take over configuration management duties and responsibilities for the networking systems, assets, and devices within our IT environment. Besides that, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is being utilized within our organization for its configuration backup and restore capabilities. Also, NCM has the ability to conduct compliance reporting and vulnerability assessment of network resources.
  • Network automation
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Network Backups
  • Comparable pricing
  • License options
  • 3rd Party Vendors
There was a need to find an old configuration of a network switch that was accidentally wiped clean. Fortunately, SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) kept and archived a backup copy of the switch device in question! We were easily able to upload the configuration file to the switch and restore the device back on the network in a matter of minutes!
One of the great features of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is the ability to automatically identify compliance issues and vulnerabilities in the production firmware. With the help of utilizing the NCM automated process, you have the ability to upgrade obsolete Cisco IOS software and vendor firmware simply in minutes instead of hours or days.
Score 10 out of 10
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All the network components of our organization are part of our NCM environment. With [SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)] we can backup all configurations, see any changes, compare configurations against base line. Also the possibility to install firmware updates. For several brands there is even vulnerability management, in order to see firmware updates [that] could be used to 'close' the vulnerability.
  • Automatic config backup
  • Config comparison
  • Config Baseline comparison
  • No improvements required
We had a switch, which the internal power supply was damaged, and thereby damaged the entire switch. Replacement of the switch was required. Just a few days ago configuration to port assignments were done, with the automatic daily backup we could restore the latest configuration to a new switch very easily.
Our organization has many benefits to manage repetitive tasks, because our setup is more or less identical to all our devices and can therefore be easily managed with scripts and shard templates.
Eduardo Ramirez | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds NCM to push configuration across our network Devices Routers/Switches/Firewalls on the easy way. It does more than resolve problems, we used it to automate the manual processes to save time or for quick reactions to emergency changes.
  • Update ACL on 500 routers switches
  • Updated Passwords on thousands of devices
  • Performance Backups of thousands on Devices
  • Definitely, some things that SolarWinds has to improve is get more script options for vendors different than Cisco.
In my experience one of the best and strongest SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) features are the Backups, you can get these on a really simple cron job, also you can get multiple ones to compare changes in case troubleshooting is needed to compare configurations.
Definitely, with SolarWinds NCM we saved tons of time and effort to manage devices.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) to manage all of our network devices in data centers and branch offices. It has been used for devices configuration backup and version control. The scripts management tool is quite useful and we have been using it for configuration central deployment.
  • Monitor the current status of network devices
  • Devices configuration backup and change tracking
  • Push out configuration automatically
  • The configuration change template could be more user friendly
It works well to monitor many network devices of the whole network. The configuration scripts can be used to deploy patches or quick fixes/changes quite easily to all managed devices. The configuration backup is helpful for version control and tracing back the change history if needed.
We have many different types of devices from different vendors. Using NCM's devices category groups makes it much easier to manage different type of devices, considering different type of devices use different commands, which can be taken care of separately using scripts written for them.
Score 10 out of 10
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We have 13 sites and several hundred switches and routers combined of various models and firmware. Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager is integral to our disaster recovery planning as it is required to monitor the firmware version of each device as well as backup configurations of every device once a change is made.
  • Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager monitors our firmware to ensure we are at risk of any vulnerability
  • Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager back up device configs every time a change is made keeping out recovery documents up to date
  • Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager allows us to push configs to multiple devices at once simplifying the process
  • Network Insight can be improved to support more vendors.
Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager is great for pushing configs to multiple devices, for example, we change the root passwords on all network equipment every 6 months. With Network Configuration Manager we are able to do have this completed across 300 switches in minutes as opposed to doing it manually which took a least a week. Recently we also had cause to change your NTP server and we were able to push out the new values using Network Configuration Manager saving time. Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager is very good at config backups. We use Network Configuration Manager to back up configs daily once a change is detected, allowing us to be ready to replace any and all devices on short notice.
Yes we have, we used it to change SNMP setting across all devices on our network as well as NTP servers. We also use Network Configuration Manager to change root passwords on all devices at least twice a year. Network Configuration Manager is also used to update firmware on all devices We also used it to add SEM log servers settings to all devices as the SEM was deployed last
Score 7 out of 10
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The main use of SolarWinds NCM in my use case is to have a repository of saved configurations of network devices to be retrieved and applied to replacement devices when a device fails.
  • Back up of configurations
  • Saving of configurations
  • Retrieval of configurations
  • Comparing new and old configurations
  • Could be priced more attractively
Automated configuration back up for quick retrieve and restore of configuration when devices fail and need to be replaced.
The ability to have automated backups on Cisco and HP network appliances saves a lot of time for network engineers.
January 24, 2022

A great time saver!

Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager has treated us well. All our network equipment is backed up through the Network Configuration Manager module on a daily basis then spits out a report on what has changed day over day. When a device inevitably fails we are able to quickly restore the previous configuration to the replacement device, greatly minimizing downtime. Network Configuration Manager also makes it a breeze to keep configurations consistent across devices. Updating an access list on 100 switches goes from a tedious afternoon to a three minute automated job. The module is also capable of deploying firmware and probably much more but I have not dipped my toe into those waters just yet. Overall a great product for making automation simple!
  • Automating configuration backups
  • Preventing configuration drift
  • Reporting on configuration changes day to day
  • Module can be slow to load.
  • The interface could use a facelift.
  • I'd appreciate more out of the box jobs for common tasks.
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager is perfectly suited for small teams or single engineer jack of all trades types who have a lot on their plate. This module will let you quickly import any currently monitored devices to poll for configuration backups and pushing jobs. This can save you a lot of time compared to spinning up an open source tool or rolling some DIY solution. Larger teams can benefit as well given how easy it is to learn/teach the tool.
Network Configuration Manager allowed us to turn tedious access list updates from a manual job that took an entire afternoon and was error prone to just a few button clicks. Even when your configuration intent is the same across a devices and vendors, the syntax is anything but. Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager largely erases that headache automatically.
Score 7 out of 10
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I use it to manage the compliance of our network devices to configuration hardening standards. Our information security program requires that all our network devices, routers/switches/firewalls/etc, have a defined security hardening standard defined and implemented. As a member of the team, I had to come up with an easy way to measure and demonstrate device compliance to defined standards. I tried setting up regex checks against configs stored in ansible but that required all configs to be in ansible, which they weren't, and so I found myself working edge cases and relying on others who had better things to do than help a security guy. I tried a few config managers including the managing engine NCM, which I used for several years at a previous job, but then migrated to the SolarWinds NCM. I like the SolarWinds NCM interface better and since it is part of the Orion suite and our network team was using Orion I was able to add it to their deployment. If I'm being honest I prefer the management engine interface better but found the functionality to be identical between the two. Most valuable thing is having all the device configs available for testing without relying on other teams.
  • Manage network device configurations
  • allow for customization of network device hardening standards
  • visualize the compliance status of your network device configurations
  • The user interface could be more intuitive
  • a stable Linux version would be great
  • better and faster performance
Well suited if you have a requirement to either harden your network device configs or want to standardize your network device configs. As a network engineer, I found this tool super helpful for managing parts of my Cisco device configs such as the ntp info, logging setup, ssh access lists for interfaces, and ensuring only the services I wanted were enabled. This helped make sure all my devices were set up how I wanted and really empowered my junior guys to move faster in their deployments. I could also use the automation to make config changes as a response to any deviations it found. As a security guy, I found it super useful to define and demonstrate network device hardening configs automatically, this really helped during audits. Not useful if you don't require a third-party tool for compliance or config standardization, panorama comes to mind.
We have not used the tool for this purpose.
Score 7 out of 10
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I mainly use SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager for switch backup and to validate security updates.
  • Push back a configuration
  • Scheduled job notification
  • Compare configuration
  • Check point capabilities
I can effectively schedule my configuration downloads, schedule downloads, switch reboots, run command scripts, etc. Also, backups of my configuration files are stored in an easy-to-view database.
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager has the ability to validate my configuration files and also allows me to quickly restore an old configuration to a device.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) at our core and distribution to track configuration changes, since it's a module for Orion it provides a single pane of glass for the team. We have real-time configuration change monitoring enabled for the equipment with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) enabled so once a change has been made we have a record of the change and can easily revert changes from SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) or do a comparison if needed. Previously we had used other products but the setup was more difficult and not all equipment was easily supported whereas SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) has support for a majority of the devices we use out of the box without any additional configuration or customization, although that is an option if needed.
  • Keeping previous configurations
  • Tracking configuration changes
  • Configuration reporting
  • Real-time configuration change tracking via trap notifications
  • For our use case, it does everything great and some of the features we underutilize but I would like to be able to set a configuration baseline when initially adding a node instead of after the configuration is pulled but it's not a particularly big deal to let it pull the configuration then set it as the baseline.
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) works very well for configuration tracking and pulling new configurations from nodes and it does it reliably. The configuration diff baked into SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is also really nice to have. It's easy to save a configuration right out of SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) or revert a change using SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM). Reports to see which nodes are not at their baseline work well, this allows us to review changes and set new baselines or revert depending on the change. SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) does have configuration approvals that might help with setting the baseline, but we had an existing process before adopting SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) for change management. It seems like this feature was well thought out for SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) but just something we hadn't adopted. We can also see the firmware image of devices in SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) and it will provide CVE details and track equipment support which is great for auditing our environment.
We have used SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) for firmware updates for on-prem devices and some configuration changes at a large scale which if compared to a manual process in some cases saves days worth of labor. The best part is that SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) supports all the vendors that we use so we can do everything with one tool and the support for these vendors works out of the box so no customization for each vendor or worse each product. Some tools for each model if there were some small differences between them would require a new configuration but what we've found with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is that Solarwinds already shipped the support for that particular product so we're handoff on getting these changes completed.
  • Online training
January 20, 2022

Making Networks Better

Richard Chisala, Jnr. MIEEE | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds products suite is our defacto systems and network management tool. We use NCM in particular, for Edge user device vulnerability detection, network auditing and inventory management. Operating in rural environments with lack of expert skills for network configuration changes, NCM provides us the ability to automate our configurations and changes across desperate user community networks. As a result, we have better visibility, superior control, and early vulnerability detection.
  • Network Auditing.
  • Network Inventory Management.
  • Vulnerability Detection.
  • Network Configuration Automotion.
  • Threat Management.
  • Edge Security Management.
  • Cloud and Application Performance Acceleration.
  • SD-WAN and Cloud Management.
  • Agent less client device management.
NCM is ideal for network automation, network configuration auditing, and vulnerability detection. However not the appropriate tool for general IT, Databases, and Application Management. In addition, NCM is neither a traffic analyzer nor a network performance monitoring tool required for 24/7 network infrastructure support services. In the past, we used NCM to benchmark a large public services provider as part of the network consolidation and cloud migration project.
Yes, we have through automating the configuration of Edge devices for our community network access and local cloud distribution platform.
January 20, 2022

Best NCM Tool

Score 9 out of 10
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It is used to obtain switch backups and validate configuration changes. It has been of great help, referring to an erroneous configuration problem, if it had not been, chaos would have been generated in the plant. I use it for the administration of 280 switches backup and it works perfectly. SolarWinds [Network Configuration Manager] NCM is a great addition to the tool bag. Having the ability to scan configurations and make changes on the fly across multiple devices is an immense time saver. Another great future is version caching [which] allows you to see all the changes that have been made and revert if necessary.
  • Network device configuration backup
  • Change reporting
  • Scan configurations
  • Writing new configurations to devices
  • Add recycle bin for deleted node.
  • Needs to monitor the TMM memory out of the box.
It is suitable for scenarios with multiple devices for which a critical backup and accurate inventory must be kept, referring to operating system versions, etc. It is easy to use and configure with structured manuals that are easy to implement. I think it is an excellent management and control tool.
yes, It is beneficial for the organization. Network Configuration Manager (NCM) saves time and improves network reliability and security by managing configurations, changes, and compliance for routers, switches, and other network devices from Cisco , Juniper , F5,and more.If you have benefited, since before having NCM, there was no control regarding backups and if they were reliable, now with the tool it is easier to manage and compare configurations or the changes that are generated in said configuration. In addition to this, the speed of recovery reduces the impact on production.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use SolarWinds Network Configurations Manager to download a nightly backup of all of our Cisco and HP/Aruba equipment as well as to provide compliance reporting for various network conditions. The NCM tool is also super helpful when comparing configurations and launching various remediation scripts on your Cisco or Aruba hardware. If your company needs daily backups, this is a must-have tool for any network administrator.
  • Daily backups
  • Compliance reporting
  • Firmware Vulnerabilities Scores
  • End of Support Device Alert
  • To my knowledge (I apologize if I am incorrect) NCM is unable to download backups from Cisco Next Generations Firewalls such as the Firepower 2110 or similar. While the Cisco tool has a backup function of its own, it sits within the Cisco architecture and if that is corrupted it's hard to recover from. Having an external backup sitting in SolarWinds would allow us to have greater redundancies and store the data in multiple locations for high availability backups.
SolarWinds NCM is a must-have for network operations managers who need daily backups of all of their routers, switches and firewalls. Not only are you assured of backup recovery, but you can also perform compliance reporting on all of your configurations and script remediation too.
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager has helped us with countless hours of performing daily backups. Not only is the NCM tool fast, but it's also super reliable and should be in every network administration's toolbox.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use [SolarWinds] NCM to backup network equipment configurations, monitor for changes, run compliance and best practices reports, and mass deploy [configuration] changes and updates.
  • Backup of configurations
  • Alerting to configuration changes
  • Allows for mass updating of configurations
  • Simpler deployment scripts/options
SolarWinds NCM meets our need for configuration backup, monitoring, and updating, and [it] does so in a simple dashboard. The product works exactly as we need it and it [is] very easy to manage.
We have several scripts configured that are automatically triggered based on SolarWinds events that greatly simplify management and reduce downtime. Additionally, we are able to mass deploy changes easily.
Score 9 out of 10
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[The] primary use of [SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)] is to backup configuration from various network devices (routers, switches, firewalls, access points, load-balancers). Great thing is that you can even change configurations which we used to setup devices once we migrated to new NTP servers and DHCP servers. One thing that we did not setup is monitoring EoL (End of Life, End of Support)- actually there is a space to improve [the] product to have some online database to automate that instead of manually fulfill dates. [It has a] great feature [which] is [a] report of differences between last and previous configurations which we use a lot to identify changes on [the] network.
  • Difference between configurations
  • Mass snippet deployment
  • Scheduled backup of configurations
  • Check configuration standards (policy reports)
  • Automate network equipment lifecycle management (EoL, EoS)
  • Simplify policy checkup setup
  • Improve interface for diagnostic interaction between device and NCM
[The] product is good for doing [a] scheduled backup of configuration on various types of devices to identify differences of configurations and report. That was [the] initial intention to have central backup and reason why product is bought. Additionally there is [the] possibility to do mass changes to devices and to report if devices are setup according to policies. [The] product has integrated some diagnostic tools which helps in integration between device and NCM, but there is a space to improve it to have integrated diagnostic into GUI to avoid log checkups.
Great help once you setup [the] product to collect configurations from devices [it has the] ability to mass deploy some changes to various products. [The] process is to type a snippet (configuration script), to select devices on which you would like to apply configuration and start deployment. At the end you will see statuses if configuration is done and if there are any errors. In my company we used that to change some standard settings as:
- syslog level on switches/routers
- change of NTP settings
- change of DHCP relay on routers
Laura T | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager is used mostly by our technology department to monitor our servers, switches, and PSUs at our 40 plus locations. Principals have SolarWinds access to view the status of their campus equipment.
  • The top 10 list is very helpful in showing what could possibly become an issue in the future.
  • The events screen helps us to determine if there is an ongoing problem or if it was a one-time event.
  • The homescreen on the dashboard is the best way to keep an eye on things.
  • Currently use mostly for notification of downed sites - works well for that.
Makes it easy to see what is down at a glance. It can send notifications to required personnel.
We only have 1 network.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Solarwinds Network Configuration Manager primarily for the network configuration backup use case. We have it pull configurations on a daily basis from our Cisco Catalyst/IOS/IOS-XE/Nexus/WLC and Fortinet devices, both running and startup configs. We also use it to send daily config change notifications showing a diff between the previous and the current versions. Finally, we use it to send us weekly emails whenever there is a difference between our running and startup Cisco configs, meaning the config was not saved to flash.
  • Pulls down configurations of network devices
  • Provides diff reports/emails, comparing previous and current configs
  • Customizing isn't as straightforward as one would expect, could be made simpler
SolarWinds N[etwork] C[onfiguration] M[anage] is a good fit for most small and medium-sized businesses that need an automated way to make sure their configurations are safe as well as to provide a way to track changes. The platform has been around for a long time and has many features, so there is some room for it to grow as well. Pricing is reasonable, though it's definitely not cheap, as it's meant to be an enterprise product. For organizations with virtually no budget, there are some open-source options, though they do take time to configure and manage.
For the most part, we have not utilized this functionality to its greatest potential. While we have pushed out configurations to multiple devices at the same time using its config tool, changes in our environment are typically not repeated or that frequent. The cost to that level of automation is greater than the occasional manual effort.
Score 9 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) is used by our Network Team to backup our Network and SAN switches configuration files. Jobs are scheduled to backup running and startup configs. NCM is also used to push out config changes to all our switches without manually logging into each switch. NCM also detects unauthorized changes to out configuration and email alerts are configured to detect version mismatch.
  • Integrates with Network Performance Management for Alerting and Reporting.
  • NetPath and detects issues due to Configuration Change.
  • Keeps a record of which user made the change.
  • Which devices are not being backed up, devices where backups are failing, dashboard and alerting available.
  • More automation options, in incase backups fail or unauthorized config changes [are] detected.
[SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)] is used for backup of all our N/W switches configurations. Authorized users can review the config files from Orion. Single Repository for storing all configurations, version control of all config files.
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) automates Network Config Change Management. Faster deployment of Network Configuration Changes across the entire network in a controlled fashion. Reports and Dashboards to ensure correct configurations are running on all network devices.
Score 10 out of 10
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SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) allows us to back up configurations, as the latest configurations are readily available whenever we plan to do an upgrade of software version or need to revert back to an older version of the configuration file. The compliance feature allows us to manage vulnerabilities and understand the new issues that arise in our software versions.
  • Configuration backup
  • Compliance
  • Device templates
  • Identifying vulnerabilities
  • Software upgrades
  • Configuration automation
  • Some devices don't use a specific version of ssh and SolarWinds struggles with accessing those devices.
  • Reporting could be made better, as sometimes some reports return empty data.
  • Some SNMP MIBs need to be manually updated in SolarWinds.
It's vendor agnostic, so we can use it with any vendor; it can back up the configuration data. The ability to use SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) with any vendor is a great asset and highly recommended. Cisco configurations for the wireless infrastructure--especially Cisco's new wireless infrastructure--needs to be more up to date in SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM).
We intend to use this feature heavily; we know that SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) has been designed to reduce repetitive tasks but we haven't extensively used this feature as of yet. We need to make sure that SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) will be stable enough to pass on those configurations without creating many issues for us in the future.
Score 2 out of 10
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We use it just for config backups.
  • Backing up configurations
  • Showing diffs
  • Setting up compliance reports
  • Creating deployment templates is hard overall
  • Setting up approval workflow has no integrations
  • Very Cisco centric
More suited for a Cisco environment
No, because we have primarily used Ansible for it and the team did not feel comfortable using this tool
Score 10 out of 10
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It is used to obtain switch backups and validate configuration changes, It has been of great help, referring to an erroneous configuration problem, if it had not been, chaos would have been generated in the plant. I use it for the administration of 280 switches backup and it works perfectly.
  • Backups.
  • Restore.
  • Validation.
  • Support multiple vendors.
It is suitable for scenarios with multiple devices for which a critical backup and accurate inventory must be kept, referring to operating system versions, etc. It is easy to use and configure with structured manuals that are easy to implement. I think it is an excellent management and control tool.
If you have benefited, since before having NCM, there was no control regarding backups and if they were reliable, now with the tool it is easier to manage and compare configurations or the changes that are generated in said configuration. In addition to this, the speed of recovery reduces the impact on production.