SolarWinds IP Address Manager Review
Updated July 17, 2020

SolarWinds IP Address Manager Review

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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM)

OLIN uses SolarWinds for IP management along with device management when we assign static IP addresses. We assign Supernets and subnets via SolarWinds IP Address Manager, which allows OLIN to define and assign an IP address range to a certain site on a global basis. Through SolarWinds IP Address Manager, we are able to see devices' MAC addresses and investigate devices that we do not have defined for security purposes.
  • Supernetting and Subnetting
  • Device to MAC address resolution
  • DHCP management
  • DNS management
  • Device MAC address resolution to hardware vendor
  • Copy VLAN feature when putting in new Supernets
  • Better functionality of search when adding subnets
  • Finding security violations by finding devices by MAC on the network
  • Logging IP addresses for users so that duplicate IPs are not used
  • DNS resolution to the device
We actually use both of these services alongside each other to get the best of both worlds. SolarWinds IP Address Manager as logging and for general users to track certain IP addresses and to log IPs if they use them without going through proper channels. Infoblox for DNS and DHCP because it is the industry standard.
It's very easy to open a ticket, but takes a while to get support on the phone. SolarWinds used to have a lot of different upgrades based on what was purchased (i.e. SolarWinds IP Address Manager, NPM, or SAM) and you would have to find the proper way to upgrade the system or your whole server would be down.

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SolarWinds IP Address Manager is best suited for IP address logging along with supernets and subnets being defined. The process to add subnets is a little cumbersome and needs some tweaking. Scanning for IP addresses in SolarWinds IP Address Manager is very straightforward and easy to do, so new users do not have trouble figuring it out. SolarWinds IP Address Manager is not as robust for DHCP and DNS as it should be and that's why Infoblox and other appliances are being used instead.

Using SolarWinds IP Address Manager (IPAM)

50 - IT-Management uses IPAM for user licensing for other products such as O365
IT-Help desk and End user support track IP addresses for statically assigned nodes such as printers and access points
IT-Security uses IPAM for tracking and typing devices on the network also UDT is used
IT-Network of course tracks the amount of addresses used towards scopes so that they can be increased if needed.
2 - Currently we have two people that support SolarWinds IPAM, both are Cisco certified professionals and have backgrounds in Microsoft DB servers. Network subnetting knowledge is key in understanding the structure behind IPAM and keeping all ranges aligned for tracking and reporting. Both of our administrators are obsessive with structure and aesthetics, we like to keep our information nice and neat.
  • Static IP addressing
  • IP address counts in each subnet
  • Product Identification
  • Documentation for backup
  • clean up of public IPs that are no longer in use
  • reduction of subnets through usage monitoring
  • IP address usage reduction through reporting of used vs not used IP addresses
  • Tracking of devices by IP
  • Mapping devices better through Orion Maps
  • Eventually moving to IPv6 will need IPAM because remembering 32 characters is hard
We are heavily invested in SolarWinds. We currently own Network Performance Monitor, Netflow Traffic Analyzer, User Device Tracker, Server Application Monitor and Network Configuration Manager. We have NOC mode setup for deskside support for monitoring any down devices that may effect our network across the globe. This application gives us the information we need when we need it.