Network configuration management refers to mechanism that allows controlling and maintaining changes of network devices either automatically or by network administrator request. The tasks of network configuration management are setting configuration changes, collecting configuration history, creating configuration backups and restoring configuration of network devices. Network configuration management software should provide generic mechanism that will be able to control any network device and simplify the configuration tasks to reduce configuration errors of network devices.
Lan-Secure Network Configuration Management Software has the perfect solution to deal with any network device configuration by using generic SNMPv1/2 or secured SNMPv3 protocols for collecting network devices configuration. The easy to use software provides integral mechanism for all network configuration management tasks and supports any network environment size.
Network Configuration Collection
Provide automatic and manual option for collecting configuration from any network device. Tools that provided by equipment vendors are not good enough because most networks using several vendors and types of network devices like switches, routers, firewalls and other network devices. Using generic SNMPv1/2 or secured SNMPv3 protocols can provide central network configuration management system for the whole organization.
Network Configuration Changes
Provide automatic and manual option for changing network devices configuration of specific device or as bulk operation on couple devices. The previous network configuration settings will be restored for historical analyzing or reusing and the new configuration will be used as the current network configuration devices. The changes operation will be logged and saved under the name of the new configuration submitter for tracking.
Network Configuration Backup
Create duplicate configuration of all network devices including all the configurable values that were found for each network device. The backup process could be automated for specific dates and times or created by user request. The backup should include incremental and differential configuration settings for each network device.
Network Configuration Restore
Set current stored configuration for specific device in case of malfunctioning equipment or for analyzing specific networking issue that involves with previous configuration settings. The restore operation will be audited and logged under the name of the restore issuer for historical analyzing.
Network Configuration Actions
There are situations that specific action is needed when collecting network configuration of specific device upon discovery of any configuration change or value. The actions should alert the configuration management team about the changes or values that was discovered either by sending email or trap or by performing specific executable command or fixing specific configuration value. Adding actions to network configuration management system can alert or fix faulty configuration equipments before they can cause severe damage to the network.
Since networks in any size are constantly vulnerable to configuration changes and faulty configuration in live equipment can have devastating effects on networks reliability and services, using the above network configuration management tasks as major configuration tool in any network environment can help network administrators saving time and reducing errors while keeping network performance and stability.