Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager
NCM is used strictly by the IT dept as the primary platform for network configuration management. Along with NPM, SAM and VMM, we use NCM to manage network component configuration changes, backups and recovery. Our company deployed the Orion platform with the above tools in order for them to monitor and manage their IT systems from a single platform.
- Network device management -- It's a great tool to review changes over time for troubleshooting purposes with the ability to easily compare configs from the same device from different time periods.
- Backup and Restore -- Its ability to easily backup and restore Cisco device configs has saved us a few times from bad configuration changes that needed to be quickly reverted, and with recovery from major hardware failures.
- Device Support -- Determining what types of devices can be managed by NCM can be frustrating when you go outside of basic devices such as Cisco.
- We're managing a smaller shop, so the main benefit has been in saved troubleshooting time and faster recovery for hardware failures.
It definitely saves us time building new switches, managing switch configs over time with troubleshooting configs, and restoring to new hardware.
We don't use the compliance policies, but the ability for the tool to be able to detect and point out security issues has definitely helped us in maintaining a secure switching environment.