Reviews (1-25 of 101)
- Configuration Standardization
- Quick and Mass Configuration Changes
- A better implementation of using variables in jobs would be awesome.
- Being able to take the output of a command and feed it into a second command.
- Automated change manager. I can build my configuration change, schedule it for dark-30.
- I will be notified of any change in real-time. I also see the before/after view of the change, and track failed commands.
- I can snapshot my configuration, and later run a before/after report to ensure the correct change was deployed.
- The configuration module could use some additional canned reports.
- The configuration comparison between two devices is not working for me. The previous versions were on the server, but since moving to a WebUI, some of that functionality is more difficult to use.
- More training videos are always beneficial.
When assessing a new technology, we use NCM to validate the hardware and OS will support the new environment. An example is this.
Running Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE v1.x), we wanted to move to 2.x. After running the inventory, we discovered that our switch IOS version would need to be updated PRIOR to the upgrade to 2.x. This saved many hours of troubleshooting for a preventable cause.
- Change identification
- Visibility to authorized users
- Licensing. Bought a 500 node license to manage a US only deployment. However that 500 node/device license only allows 500 ports/items to be monitored. That seems a bit restricted. I understand you need to make money but if I want to buy 500 nodes, at least allow me to monitor 5x ports, etc.
- Expensive remote worker servers. I already paid for an unlimited deployment, let me have the remote servers so performance statistics are measured close to the source. We have 80+ global locations but we have to measure everything from our data center server. Not useful to our remote site technicians trying to measure or monitor local performance.
- Script management. The ability to save scripts & script results in this tool is a great.
- Change management. The feature to compare old and new configurations which gives us a good graphical glimpse of what changed with respect to configurations.
- This tool comes really handy if an engineer wants to SWARM config. changes.
- Configuration comparison.
- Configuration display.
- Color coding change comparison.
- Back up and maintain a database of configurations for CLI based equipment.
- Analyze and audit any changes done to a config.
- Make it easy to run bulk changes and create reports by using simple jobs and schedules.
- Would like to see some more advanced options in terms of pulling the data from a job that has run.
- The new software upgrade feature is nice but still seems just a little bit clunky to use.
- I would like to see an easier way of creating custom compliance jobs.
- Automated Backups. It makes backing up network devices simple to do and easy to manage
- Change approval. When implemented correctly, it can provide an extra layer of assurance to network-related changes as they will have to be approved by someone else. This ensures that changes are not made in a bubble and at least two sets of eyes have reviewed it.
- Creating an easy to read device version report, with custom fields is relatively simple to do and can give project managers a greater understanding of the time it may take to perform a task, such as ensuring SNMPv3 or updating code levels due to bugs.
- Automate the creation of new hierarchy's within devices according to the year for backs.
- Allow scripts to be assigned to certain groups so that when users log in, they only see the scripts that they are allowed to use.
- NCM grants admins easy to use dashboard for all facets of monitoring.
- It has many built-in templates that can implemented easily for polling.
- Offers users canned reports and alerts.
- Some reports were created in old proprietary software that is now obsolete.
- Is somewhat of a bear to set up.
- Has many different modules that can be used but may require additional licensing.
- Perform daily configuration backups.
- Perform massive wide configuration changes.
- SolarWinds NCM is able to backup all our network devices, regardless of vendor.
- SolarWinds NCM gives us a powerful tool to search configuration files.
- SolarWinds NCM allows us to verify and enforce network standards on a daily basis.
- More search options and abilities; Being able to utilize regex easily would be a huge plus
- A more intuitive wizard to build your own scripts for pulling configuration files
- Mass configuration deployment across different platforms.
- The automated process of taking the backup configuration of your devices.
- Complete config audit of all the devices.
- Save troubleshooting commands that can be executed in case of a triggered event.
- Creating audit reports in PDF form.
- SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager backs up network device configurations across our environments, like firewalls and other devices.
- It provides info on what has changed and when.
- We can add/edit SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager in add nodes. If we could configure just SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager separately, without adding the node to mandatory monitoring, it would be helpful.
- Too much manual configuration is required.
1. Back up configurations.
2. Check that they meet our security requirements.
3. Make sure no one has made unauthorized changes.
- Works with a variety of vendor products.
- Allows us to tailor the config comparisons.
- SolarWinds completely broke the baseline function. It no longer meets our needs.
- Can no longer baseline an entire network in one step.
We also use NCM to gather NERC/CIP audit evidence from network assets. NCM allows us to collect the contents of ARP tables from all our assets with one simple scripted job. The job log file is then compared against our other NERC/CIP documentation to ensure we don't have any unauthorized assets within critical networks.
- DOT has devices all over the state with no easy way to back up the device configuration. NCM allows us to perform those tasks.
- I am still learning the product, so some of the issues may be due to not fully understanding the product functionality.
- At-a-glance overview of hosts alongside performance metrics.
- Allows for granular details of a host down to a service process if needed.
- Allows for backup of config files for the host.
- Great support from SolarWinds.
- I wish the navigation was a lot quicker. Once the database of SolarWinds gets used, it slows down a lot. Loading and navigation are frustrating.
- The wizard to set up a host is too complicated. There's so much to choose from, and it's not easy to set one up.
- Most of the time when setting up a host to monitor, you need support to be on the phone.
SolarWinds is not an exact time monitoring product. It gives you a window for reporting and a view for performance, but it is not in real-time. You will have to look at the host for real-time. In addition to using SolarWinds, we have also used vCenter to set up rules for CPU, Disks, Memory, and Bandwidth usage. The reports from vCenter are more accurate to real time.
I would recommend SolarWinds if you are looking to save time in monitoring a lot of nodes. You get email reports when each node reaches a spike so you can act on it. The support is awesome. They are extremely helpful.
- Making backups of our networking equipment.
- Takes backups on a daily basis and retains those backups. Both the frequency and retention can be customized to our needs.
- It automated backups on a daily basis, I don't need to worry when I make changes to my equipment as I know all my changes are being backed up.
- If it would notify be when backups stop working on a node. I have encountered looking at NCM and discovered that backups were not being taken for weeks or months on a switch and I had no notification that this was the case.
- Centralized custom package deployment
- Builds on WSUS' capabilities
- Improves WSUS' limitations
- The time it takes to do inventory patches is a little much.
- The amount of system resources required is a little much.
- Device inventory setup isn't very intuitive
1. If you have a large multi-site IT infrastructure deployment, Solarwinds Patch Manager is great for centralized update management and takes a lot of the headache out of the process.
2. If you deploy a lot of custom-developed app packages, Patch Manager can push them out.
1. If your infrastructure is smaller, it's not worth the cost.
- Stores historical configuration information.
- The compliance checking allows us to ensure our configurations are standard across the board.
- It allows us to easily automate and schedule configuration changes across our environment.
- The configuration comparison tool is just clunky. I ended up using the compliance tools instead because the comparison tool became easily confused when the configurations weren't identical. No two switches are alike in terms of ports or configured networks.
- The concept of GROUPS is disconnected from the settings other tools use to manage groups of switches. Groups and departments should not be separate.
- Some screens can multi-select nodes conveniently and some look as if they were created by an entirely different group because they do not use the same metaphor. If you have multi-select for nodes when applying something, it should be the same screen universally.
SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) Scorecard Summary
About SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)
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.
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- Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
- Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
- Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
- Entry-level set up fee?Optional
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