CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager (NCM) tracks and regulates configuration and software changes throughout a multivendor network infrastructure. It provides superior visibility into network changes and can track compliance with a broad variety of regulatory, IT, corporate governance, and technology requirements. CiscoWorks NCM helps IT staff identify and correct trends that could lead to problems such as network instability and service interruption.
Task templates allow users to save all desired parameters of an existing or task into templates that can be used as starting points for executing future NCM tasks.
Task "quick launch"
A task quick launch feature has been introduced to facilitate one-click launches of predefined NCM tasks. A quick launch menu section has been included in the "my workspace" area for easy access to these user-defined one-click tasks.
View configuration enhancements
Large device configurations can span hundreds or even thousands of lines, making it difficult to find the configuration section of interest. NCM now supports the use of expandable/collapsible sections within the configuration for easy viewing of specific areas of the configuration. Configuration sections have a hover over feature to allow you to view details of each section with a simple mouse cursor move over the section tab.
Create device groups from a CSV file
For bulk device group creation, use a comma-separated value (CSV) file such as an Excel spreadsheet as an input source for device groups. A CSV file is a more efficient means to import device groups into the NCM application than using the UI.
Search for device uptime information
Device search fields including "uptime" and "uptime stored date" are now available. When you display device reports using the search mechanism, the length of time devices have been up and running is now available. The source of this data is the device boot diagnostic information.
Policy to device association improvements
Determining what policies are applicable to a given device is much easier to determine now. In an enhanced view of a device, you can easily see and edit policies or policy rules from a list that is specifically relevant to the device under review. The policy list in this view is in the context of a specific device, hence it is a natural way of managing policy definitions. In addition, for all policies that are failing for the selected device, a link will be provided to directly review the event details of the policy failure.
Custom device data CLI enhancements
The ability to edit and add multiple custom fields using the command-line interface (CLI) for a given device is now available. Previously, the CLI allowed only one custom field edit at a time. This has been extended so that in one comma-separated list, you can now add multiple custom fields in a single command.
Port scan task enhancements
A diagnostic task called port scan is now available. This task stores port scan information as diagnostic information that can be reviewed and processed in a variety of ways.
SFTP is a transfer protocol option supported in NCM 1.6. Edit devices so that they may transfer data through an SFTP or FTP server, as well as the existing mechanisms.
Password management enhancements
Additional NCM access password policy enforcement capability has been added. These optional settings include requirements to change user password on next login, user restriction on password change, user password expiration, and user lockout. All options are off by default.
Extended maximum number of models associated with software image set
Software images used to have a limit on the number of device models that could be associated with the image. This limitation is now lifted and a virtually unlimited number of models may be associated with a single software image.
Native 64-bit support
NCM 1.6 supports native 64-bit in Solaris, Windows, and Red Hat Linux. This platform support dramatically extends performance as the full 64-bit memory architecture is now utilized. For Windows environments, a fresh install is required on Windows 2008 to fully utilize the 64-bit architecture. Upgrades of legacy installs on Windows 2003, even on a 64-bit OS, will run in 32-bit emulation mode. For Solaris (Solaris 10) and Linux (Red Hat 5 Enterprise), upgrades are available to move to full 64-bit environments.
Windows Server 2008 support
NCM 1.6 is supported on Windows Server 2008. Take advantage of the flexibility, capabilities, and security of Windows Server 2008, as well as 64-bit on Windows, while maintaining interoperability with the NCM 1.6 product in 64-bit mode.
Oracle 11g support
Oracle 11g is now supported as an interoperable database with NCM. Take advantage of the flexibility and capabilities of Oracle 11g while maintaining interoperability with the NCM product.
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 support
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is now supported as an interoperable database with NCM. Take advantage of the flexibility and capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 while maintaining interoperability with the NCM product.
NNMi integration enhancements
Integration improvements between NCM and Network Node Manager have been extended into NCM 1.6.
Satellite support on Red Hat 5
Satellites are supported on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 server.
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