Network Configuration Manager
Automated network configuration and compliance management
- Network automation
- Network compliance
- Configuration backup
- Vulnerability assessment
- Network Insight for Cisco ASA and Cisco Nexus
- Integration with Network Performance Monitor
What’s New in Network Configuration Manager v7.8
Network Insight for Cisco Nexus devices
Network Insight for Cisco Nexus devices automates the management of your Nexus infrastructure to provide visibility and help ensure service availability. Network Insight for Cisco Nexus provides the following capabilities.
Support for multiple VDCs
Cisco Nexus series switches provide support for virtual device contexts (VDCs). Each VDC runs as a separate logical entity within the switch.
To add a Cisco Nexus device with multiple VDCs to NCM, first add the admin VDC using its IP address. All other VDCs will be automatically discovered, and you can add each VDC as a separate node. You can then configure NCM to back up and restore configurations for all VDCs accessible via SSH or Telnet from the NCM server.
Cisco Nexus access control list management
Use NCM to help you manage the access control lists (ACLs) on your Cisco Nexus devices:
- Compare different versions of an ACL, or different ACLs. Quickly determine what changed between different versions of an ACL, or compare the ACLs on different devices.
- Search and filter within ACLs to find rules quickly.
- Identify rules with 0 hits. Sort ACL rules by hit count (the number of times the rule was applied) to identify rules that have not been applied.
- Automatically detect shadowed or redundant rules. These are rules that might not be executed because the affected traffic has already been processed by a previous rule. Finding and eliminating these rules makes the rule set easier to manage and also helps ensure that the rules achieve the intended results.
- In addition, NCM 7.8 adds support for noncontiguous masks.
vPC subview and vPC Configuration Details view
Starting with NCM 7.8, node detail views for Cisco Nexus devices have the vPC subview. This view lists virtual PortChannels (vPCs) connected to the monitored Nexus device.
If the configs have been downloaded to NCM, click View configs from the vPC subview to display configs for the vPC and its member interfaces.
New device inventory reports
Use the following inventory reports to access information about your Cisco Nexus devices:
- Cisco Bootload Images - Displays information related to bootload images within each device.
- Cisco Fan Tray Status - Lists the operational status information for a device's fans or fan trays.
- Cisco FRU Power Status - Lists the power-related administrative status and operational status of the manageable components in the system.
- Cisco FRU Power Supply Groups in the system - Displays the redundancy mode and the operational status of the power supply groups in the system.
New config change template
NCM provides the following config change template for Cisco Nexus devices.
- Configure Virtual PortChannel on Cisco Nexus - Configures a virtual PortChannel (vPC) domain that contains two Cisco Nexus peer devices.
Cisco Nexus firmware upgrades
NCM 7.8 includes three out-of-the-box templates for Nexus devices. When you are creating or modifying custom firmware upgrade templates for Cisco Nexus devices, you can specify multiple firmware images to upgrade (for example, the system and kickstarter images).
Exclude blocks of text from configuration file comparison
In previous versions of NCM, you could use regular expressions to identify individual lines that NCM should exclude when it compares configuration files. In NCM 7.8, you can also exclude blocks of text. For example, you can exclude the certificate section of the configuration file. To enable this functionality, NCM 7.8 changed the RegEx engine used to evaluate the regular expressions that identify text for exclusion. Previous versions used the GNU grep RegEx engine, but NCM 7.8 uses the .NET RegEx engine.
Expanded firmware vulnerability support
NCM imports the firmware vulnerability warnings provided by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and correlates vulnerability data with managed nodes of supported device types. NCM 7.8 adds firmware vulnerability support for the following device types:
- Cisco Nexus
New features and improvements in the Orion Platform
NCM 7.8 is an Orion Platform product, and runs on Orion Platform 2018.2. Orion Platform 2018.2 offers the following new features.
Load Average metrics collected from Linux-based devices
When polling CPU & Memory with the Orion agent, selected metrics are available for alerts, alert variables, charts, reports, PerfStack(TM), and SWIS.
Improved group member statistics
Use the new metric showing group availability by averaging the availability of the internal group members instead of using the status of the entire group. You can use this metric in a new widget, in alerts, reports, and in PerfStack dashboards.
Add saved Performance Analysis project to any view as a widget. Just click the Edit view icon > Add widgets, search for the project name, and drag the widget to its position.
- For modules that monitor UPS power supplies, UPS monitoring for APC (American Power Conversion) SmartUPS Uninterruptible Power Supplies containing Network Management cards.
- Updated popovers:
- Up to five custom properties can be configured to display in node popovers
- Updated SolarWinds Orion Installer with improved scalability engine installation experience
- Added support for over 70 vendors and 5000 devices.
- Added support for Apresia (CPU, memory, icon, MIBs for traps and Huawei devices (CPU and memory)
- SNMPv3 support for Huawei and other RFC3414 devices
- Support Orion cloud deployment in Amazon EC2 and Azure VM
- Support for utilizing Amazon RDS for Orion Database
- Orion Platform modules no longer require MSDTC
- Modules no longer require TLS 1.0 or 1.1 be enabled on the Orion Server
- Microsoft Device Guard Support (all binaries properly signed)