Network Configuration Manager by Progress WhatsUp Gold

Network Configuration Manager

Centralize management of network device configurations

Automated Network Configuration and Change Management

Automate configuration and change management for routers, switches and firewalls on your network. Archive and audit network configurations. Get alerted to changes. Compare versions side by side with discrepancies highlighted.

Network Configuration Backup

Avoid the negative effects of accidental or malicious network device configuration changes. WhatsUp Gold lets you implement best practice controls by automating backups of both running and 'gold standard' network configurations.

Configuration Change Alerts

Setup network devices to send an SNMP trap to WhatsUp Gold and trigger a notification whenever a configuration changes. Set up an action policy in our alert center to automatically initiate a backup, add/remove users or update firmware.

Policy Compliance Audits

Audit device configurations against a set of predefined policies to assure compliance with requirements such as 'password encryption is enabled'. Compare before and after configuration changes and get a text-based comparison highlighting differences .

Automated Network Configuration and Change Management by Progress WhatsUp Gold

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Use Case

Things You Can Do With Network Configuration Manager

Automate Network
Management Tasks

Set tasks to automate administration jobs like running configuration backups, adding/removing users, updating firmware or changing SNMP strings. Not only does automation save you time that can be better spent on more important duties, it also eliminates errors that arise when humans undertake repetitive processes.

Schedule Routine Backups

One thing we've learned from today's high-risk cybercrime environment is the importance of recent backups. In the event that you are hacked and a network configuration is changed to facilitate an exploit, you are going to want to be able to quickly recover. Routine backups are a best practice for Configuration Management.

Automate Change Management

Use WhatsUp Gold's Alert Center to receive traps from network devices on the event of a configuration change. Setup Slack, IFTTT, SMS or email notifications so you know when things change. From there you can set Action Policies to backup the new configuration or you can run a change analysis that produces a text-based comparison of old and new configurations highlighting the differences.

Define Configuration Policies

Do you need to assure that certain policies are administered consistently across all device configurations? How about policies like 'use password encryption' or making sure that 'public' is never set as the read only string. You can define your own configuration policies with WhatsUp Gold and automatically validate the compliance of new device configs.

Schedule Periodic Compliance Audits

If you aren't currently enforcing best-practices for security and compliance with internal, industry or regulatory data security mandates, you should be. WhatsUp Gold comes complete with out-of-the-box, best-practice configurations that are compliant with mandates like SOX, PCI, HIPAA and FISMA. You can schedule automated audits of all running configurations to document compliance with these or internal 'gold standards'

WhatsUp Gold’s Configuration Management module automates configuration and change management for the routers, switches and firewalls on your network. These tools enable network admins to ensure that all devices are running authorized configurations, to secure the network and comply with regulatory standards, and to reduce the time and costs associated with manual and repetitive configuration and change management tasks.

Archive and Restore Network Configurations

WhatsUp Gold’s Configuration Management module provides central archiving of network configurations in a secure, encrypted repository. Network admins can store multiple configurations for each device, including start-up and running configurations.

New devices added to the network can be simply deployed with a download of an archived configuration. If there is a problem, the device can be restored to a known good configuration, minimizing downtime. In both cases, a network configuration manager saves considerable time versus building configurations from scratch.

Automated Bulk Changes

WhatsUp Gold supports bulk configuration changes for multiple devices. For example, many IT organizations mandate monthly password changes to secure their network. A bulk change feature automates this process, rather than changing passwords one device at a time. Bulk changes and other tasks can be scheduled to run automatically.

Alert on Configuration Changes

Network admins need to account for every network configuration change, approved or not. Configuration Management alerts on any changes it detects each time it scans its configuration database. Scans can be scheduled to run automatically to shorten the window between when a change is made and when an alert is issued. In addition, WhatsUp Gold software can also alert on configuration changes using SNMP traps. Alerts are integrated into the Alert Center.

Network Configuration Manager Audits and Reports

Configuration Management can be scheduled to run regular audits on network devices to prove compliance with archived configurations. Most organizations also contend with regulatory standards like SOX, PCI, HIPAA and FISMA. They are subject to annual audits which can be costly and disruptive to IT operations. The WhatsUp Gold network configuration manager automates compliance for these regulatory mandates with out-of-the-box audit templates.

Policy audits and audit trail reports provide documented proof of compliance, as well as identify any problem areas. As a result, you improve the efficiency of internal and external audit processes – with less time and money, no disruption, and higher probability of a successful audit.

When authorized changes to network configurations are made, Network admins need to validate them. When unauthorized changes are made, Network admins need to find them – quickly. Configuration Management simplifies these processes by generating reports comparing running to archived configurations and identifying the specific changes.

With WhatsUp Gold Configuration Management, network admins can automate configuration and change management to eliminate common and repetitive configuration tasks, to ensure networks are running authorized configurations, to secure the network, and to comply with regulatory standards.

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