Tool which is easy to implement and very well integrated with other SolarWinds products
January 19, 2022

Tool which is easy to implement and very well integrated with other SolarWinds products

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

[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
  • Fast and easy deployment of tool, intuitive interface and good community sources to solve open issues. This helps to deploy and have operational solution in 2 weeks for backup of configuration of devices which was regulatory required.
  • Support is quite well - we had some issues and resolved in [a] week or two.
Actually my experience is related to on-premise installation without cloud/multi-cloud monitoring. But [our] company started to use also cloud SaaS resources. This is not something which needs NCM coverage but in case you have some IaaS resources single pane of glass configuration management would be appreciated.
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
This module is not used in my case a lot in a way how it is originally prepared - to check compliance with industry standard rules. Instead, we used that module to check our equipment if they comply with company templates (syslog log level, ntp setup, remote logging, snmp user setup...). Additionally, you can check if there is enabled traffic mirroring on switches. We found useful that module for such a thing, but setup of custom policies is little bit complex.
  • SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor
  • SolarWinds Netflow Traffic Analyzer
  • SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor
It is nice to have a integrated overview of CPU/Latency/Configuration changes on single dashboard specially when there are some issues on network so you can easily track also changes on network devices.
SolarWinds NCM solution is more flexible and GUI is from my point of view more intuitive, from the other hand Manage Engine solution is [a] cheaper solution which has almost [the] same functionality but suffers of luck of deeper integration with other Manage Engine modules.

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[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.