SolarWinds NCM: Not just a catchy Acronym, but a very useful tool and asset.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 08, 2019

SolarWinds NCM: Not just a catchy Acronym, but a very useful tool and asset.

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager

Network Configuration Manager is a valuable tool and we currently use it to back up all router, switch, and firewall configurations on our network of over 100 devices. It allows us to recover/replace devices very quickly as well as deploy configuration changes to multiple devices very quickly, saving us hours of labor every year. I highly recommend this product if your environment is Cisco based.
  • Network equipment backup/restore/replace.
  • Report changes to existing equipment with side by side views of previous running configurations.
  • Deploy configuration changes to multiple devices at once using built-in variables.
  • Would like to have a more straightforward workflow.
  • The ability to reset NCM config and pollers to default.
  • Decreased labor costs for deploying new or replacing existing equipment.
  • Reduced troubleshooting time for network related issues.
  • NCM makes multiple changes more efficient across the network.
We were able to provide access to our Level 1 Help Desk staff on all IDF switches by pushing permission "privilege exec level" commands to all devices at once. We have also used NCM to update radius configurations to the latest Cisco supported configuration on all network devices. The ability to perform these config changes all at once versus 100+ times saves, not only time, but our sanity.
We have not used this tool for network compliance at this time, but it is on the list of tasks for the next year.
Have not used any other products.
This tool is extremely useful if you have a large number of devices, locations, and network administrators. Especially if there are often changes to these devices by a team of people. It also comes in handy when replacing network equipment upon failure, quickly restoring the last running config to a replacement device.