WhatsConfigured enables effective management of one of the most critical assets on your network- device configurations. As a fully-functioning network configuration tool, WhatsConfigured automates the key configuration and change management tasks required to maintain and control configuration files for networking devices, reducing the risk of network outages caused by misconfigured devices. Network managers can leverage this automated configuration to reduce the amount of time spent ensuring their network devices are configured correctly, freeing valuable time.
WhatsConfigured is built around an automated task execution engine that allows network managers to dynamically gather configuration data about their network devices through configuration tasks. These configuration tasks can be scheduled to run on a regular basis or can be manually ran as needed to upload, download, and backup configuration files, manage device credentials, and much more. WhatsConfigured comes with several pre-defined configuration tasks with the option to create custom tasks.
With support for heterogeneous networks, WhatsConfigured provides secure SNMP, SSH, Telnet or TFTP access, to download and store device configuration files in a secure repository, keeping them readily available for file compares and restoration on a device.
WhatsConfigured not only reduces the time and effort required to maintain device configurations and changes while providing increased security, compliance, and visibility, it also reduces the risk of costly network downtime.
Extensive vendor device support
Network configuration management presents a host of challenges because of the diversity of vendors, devices, and access mechanisms supported. Infrastructure components like routers, switches, gateways, wireless access points, firewalls, VLANs and routing protocols including OSPF and BGP, as well as management mechanisms such as IPSLA and flow monitoring add to the complexity.
Automated configuration task execution and monitoring
WhatsConfigured automates the execution of scheduled tasks relating to current network configuration backups, startup configuration file backups and password change management for an individual device or across groups of devices. Each scheduled task is carried out through the execution of task scripts. Scheduled tasks can also be monitored for successful completion - generating alerts when failures occur, or when configuration changes are detected.
Integrated alerting and reporting
WhatsConfigured integrates with WhatsUp Gold's Alert Center to provide alerting on configuration management events. Like other Alert Center items, notification policies can be assigned to alert conditions once they are configured. Comparison of network file configurations against stored configurations or between two selected devices can be initiated from the WhatsUp Gold reports tab. All alerts and reports are easily accessible anytime, anywhere through the integrated WhatsUp Gold web console.
Secure configuration and change management
WhatsConfigured helps navigate through this maze of configuration choices by supporting multiple protocols including secure SNMP v1-3, SSH2, Telnet, and TFTP to enable the management of your entire network infrastructure from a single platform.
Policy based monitoring
Policy based monitoring in WhatsConfigured ensures that all device configurations are audited against policy before being backed-up. Policies can also be audited on-demand against existing configuration files. Policy definitions can include any number of "include patterns" - things to look for within the configuration files, as well as "exclude patterns" - things that should not be present in the configuration files. Network managers are alerted if a configuration back-up fails the policy audit.
Standalone consoleProduct Highlights
In addition to the features available from within WhatsUp Gold, WhatsConfigured has a separate stand-alone console that provides additional functionality. Customers that purchase WhatsConfigured as a plug-in receive a license to use the standalone and take advantage of the additional features. Take a look at the features of the WhatsConfigured standalone network configuration management console.
- Automate the configuration and change management for network devices
- Dynamically access, download, store and search configuration files
- Schedule and execute configuration changes for individual or groups of network devices
- Enforce reliable policy monitoring whenever a configuration is backed up
- Alert on configuration changes or policy failures and restore a known good configuration as required
- Compare stored startup or running configuration files to reduce troubleshooting effort
- Maintain audit trails of all configuration changes to ensure accountability and traceability
- Standardize internal operation processes by easily exporting and importing critical network configuration information into existing corporate-wide archiving repository
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