Best Practices

Configuration Manager

Automate device configuration and change management to save time and eliminate human error!

Modern, complex networks contain numerous network devices including routers, switches, firewalls, hosts and servers. The network is often multi-vendor, with each device having its own set of configuration files, management consoles and management procedures. Traditional approaches to network device configuration management would consist of logging-into each device individually for documentation and monitoring, or running customized scripts for group management. Both approaches are time-intensive due to the sheer number of devices, and prone to errors considering the diversity of vendors and devices, plus they don't offer alerts for unauthorized configuration changes. Did you know that cyber criminals routinely use known router vulnerabilities to change the router's DNS configuration remotely so they can lure users to fake websites or perform Man-in-the-Middle attacks?

Add automated network device configuration and change management to your IT Best Practices Arsenal, to save time, eliminate errors and protect your network. Look for tools that can:

  • Inventory and store configuration files securely
  • Automate configuration changes
  • Run tasks like backups and restores, on a scheduled or on-demand basis
  • Easily restore earlier config files versions
  • Alert on authorized and unauthorized changes
  • Provide audit trails-a must for regulatory compliance

The Total Plus edition of WhatsUp Gold offers Configuration Management features that automate network device configuration and change management. For example, time-consuming tasks like device configuration backups, start-up configuration files and password change management are automatically executed on schedule or ad hoc. Moreover, all device configurations are audited, and then stored in a central repository, including: network asset inventories (device details including serial number, model, vendor, firmware, etc.), device connectivity inventories (VLANS, subnets, bridge ports, switch ports) and system component inventories (RAM, CPU, disk).

Troubleshooting network device configuration errors is much easier with instant access to earlier versions of configuration files, lowering mean-time-to-repair (MTTR). Plus you also get real-time alerts and notifications when configuration changes are detected (authorized and unauthorized) so you can stay on top of configuration changes across you network.

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