SolarWinds Config Generator
(CG) - Free Tool
Config Generator (CG) is a free tool, which puts you in charge of
controlling changes to network routers and other SNMP devices.
In addition, Solarwinds say that CG can
provide benefits such as tracking policy enforcement, making consistent
change-control procedures, and complying with Federal regulations like FISMA.
Guy says that for newbies the biggest benefit of this free tool is that
it will provide the impetus for you to learn more about configuring the SNMP
service with its 'Traps' and 'Communities'. This is a brand new utility which Solarwinds released on January 26th
Get your Free Copy of Config Generator
Small Brother (CG) -v- Big Brother (NCM)
There is a growing trend amongst manufacturers of expensive network
utilities to provide a free version. These free versions have no
time limitations, and they are all that a small network needs. One benefit is that you can
try before your buy. I also like the idea of big companies in effect
subsidising their poorer brethren. But most of all, I like this
new breed of free
utilities because they help me learn more about computer networks.
For small networks the free Network Config Generator (CG) has all the
features that you require - thank you very much Solarwinds. However, if your network grows, or you have a complex
network right now, then consider the extra features of the main man,
Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM).
Lookout for a copy of this and other free utilities as you
download the Config Generator.
Possible Problems Using the Config Generator
While I keep stressing that CG is a free tool, great for getting you
started, it still requires a machine with the SNMP service running, and an
active 'Public' community. If you have any problems then sign up for
Solarwinds Thwack forum, that's where the experts on Config Generator (and
Orion) hang out and they will answer your questions.
For 'Cisco Kids', those with CCNA qualifications, they may face different
problems, namely that CG does not fulfil their wish list, and to them I say,
'try the big brother Orion Network Configuration Manager'.
Solutions That Config Generator Could Achieve for You
- Configure VLANs and
modify access lists.
- Enable advanced features on network
devices such as NetFlow, IP SLA and EnergyWise.
- Quickly change a
device's configuration without looking up commands.
- Create a
template so that you can re-use standard configs across all similar devices
Download Solarwinds' Free Config Generator
Key Features & Benefits / Highlights:
- Investigate advanced features
of your network devices then control their configuration with a GUI.
- Save time by
running advanced network scripts with pre-defined templates.
- Boost your network performance by activating network device features
you've already paid for.
With Orion Network Configuration Manager You Can:
scripts on more than one device simultaneously.
- Create nightly backups of
- Receive automatic change notification.
- Detect config policy
- View an inventory of your network device hardware.
List of Config Changes That Solarwinds Support Out-of-the-box:
Solarwinds Config Generator is a free tool which puts you in charge
network routers and other SNMP devices. If you have paid for the
features of a router, then make sure that you check out the settings and adjust them
to suit your network.
Get your free copy of Config Generator
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