The bigger the network, the more you need to automate device configurations. If you can pretty much sketch out your network on a napkin, it’s probably not a big deal. But to maintain control of hundreds or more devices, you need a configuration management system to save time and reduce the risk of device misconfigurations. That system must simplify the configuration process and allow you to proactively identify and stop errors before pushing configurations out to devices.
Entuity network management software has long had configuration monitoring embedded in its base network management software, which focuses on monitoring and tracking device configurations as well as identifying and alerting users to any changes to them. As of our latest release—Entuity 16—customers also have the benefit of configuration management, which, like configuration monitoring, is fully integrated in the core product at no additional license cost.
Web-Driven Creation of Device and Port Configurations
The Configuration Management System streamlines and improves device and port configuration in several ways. Key to the system is the use of the Entuity web UI for creating and automatically pushing configuration settings to thousands of monitored devices and ports. Scripting is done from the UI through “tasks,” a set of steps created by users for defining configurations by device, port, or groups of devices. Configurations can be pushed using Telnet, or securely through SSH encryption. Tasks can be applied to one or multiple objects regardless of the Entuity Server they’re associated with.
Tasks let you do things like set a port to admin down, set a device community string, or change a port description. Plus, the system comes with example tasks and steps that you can leverage and use as templates to develop your own configurations. You can also choose to write your scripts using a combination of Expect level logic and the industry-standard Groovy scripting language.
Automatic Validation of Configurations
Entuity’s Configuration Management system automatically validates configurations. It’s also fully integrated with Entuity’s Event Management System (and all other functional areas of the product). The combination of these systems gives you visibility into the failure or success of configuration jobs as they complete. You can also track delivery through the Entuity audit log and through the Configuration Management History page, where you can quickly drill down into the details of a job.
Support for Single and Multi-Server Deployments
The Configuration Management System supports single server and multi-server deployments with latter done through the Entuity consolidation server, which pushes configurations to remote Entuity servers. This allows users to define tasks just once, and have them passed onto and executed by the remote polling servers. It’s also beneficial from a security point of view, since users don’t need to open up access on firewalls between the consolidation server and the devices themselves.
See the Entuity Configuration Management System in Action
Watch this video on our YouTube channel to learn more about Entuity’s Configuration Management System and to see Pete Bartz, Entuity Systems Engineer, demonstrate its key features.