Network Configuration Best Practices Training


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This webcast demonstrates best practices for network configuration management – managing the configurations of routers, switches, firewalls and other network infrastructure devices. It also demonstrate the top 5 network configuration management tasks using the SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM).

Some of what we’ll discuss and demonstrate will include:

- Backing up the configurations of all of your routers, switches, and firewalls
- Setting up automated configuration management jobs
- Configuring and using real-time config change detection
- Managing configurations against policies for compliance

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  • Network Configuration Best Practices Training

    1. 1. Network Configuration Management<br />Best Practices<br />
    2. 2. Orion Network Configuration Manager Best Practices<br />This presentation is a SolarWinds customer training on Orion Network<br />Configuration Manager (NCM). If you are not a SolarWinds customer, we <br />recommend downloading and installing a 30-Day Trial evaluation of Orion<br />NCM so you can follow along and understand the material being <br />presented better. <br />Get the free, 30 day evaluation of the software used in this webcast:<br />Orion Network Configuration Manager<br />Download Now<br />
    3. 3. Welcome to SolarWinds® Customer Training<br />Josh Stephens, VP of Technology & Head Geek<br />François Caron – Sr. Product Manager<br />Rachel Jenkins – Mgr, Sales Engineering<br />Today’s Topic: <br />Network Configuration Management and NCM Version 6.1 <br /><ul><li>About SolarWinds…</li></ul>Who we are<br />What we do<br />Our community<br />Introduction<br />
    4. 4. A Few Notes about Today’s Session<br /><ul><li>We will move fairly quickly
    5. 5. We only have an hour
    6. 6. Ask questions!
    7. 7. No attendee left behind…
    8. 8. Don’t wait until the end – ask away on the Webinar Chat
    9. 9. Today’s session is being recorded
    10. 10. You’ll receive an e-mail with the recorded webcast and a copy of the slides</li></li></ul><li>Agenda<br />Goals for Today’s Training Session<br />Understanding Configuration Management<br />Common Configuration Management Tasks<br />Top Five Configuration Management Tasks<br />Demonstration NCM 6.1!<br />
    11. 11. Understanding Configuration Management<br />Configuration Management Focuses on:<br /><ul><li>Consistency in Configurations - Standardization
    12. 12. Controlling Environmental Variances
    13. 13. Ensuring Configuration Policy Enforcement
    14. 14. Providing Efficiency and Automation
    15. 15. Detecting Unauthorized or Nonconforming Changes </li></li></ul><li>Understanding Configuration Management<br />Configuration Management Technologies<br /><ul><li>File Transfer Engine – Telnet, SSH, TFTP
    16. 16. Upload/Download Configs, IOS, File Transfer Commands
    17. 17. SSH Allows Secure Transfers
    18. 18. Device Polling Engine - SNMP Data
    19. 19. Collection of Inventory Data and Device Discovery
    20. 20. SNMP v3 Allows for Secure Polling
    21. 21. Script Translator
    22. 22. Converts Flexible Config Scripts to Actual Config Commands
    23. 23. Configuration Database
    24. 24. Standard, Relational and Searchable
    25. 25. Alerting, Scheduling, Web, and Reporting Engines
    26. 26. Variety of Technologies</li></li></ul><li>Understanding Configuration Management<br />How Is Configuration Management Implemented<br /><ul><li>Manually
    27. 27. Works for Very Small Environments – Less Than 20 Devices
    28. 28. Falls Apart Quickly With Increase in Devices or Distributed Devices
    29. 29. Normally Accomplished by One Individual – The Hero
    30. 30. When the Hero Leaves, the System Leaves
    31. 31. Patchwork
    32. 32. Homemade Scripts
    33. 33. Open Source – Free Puppy!
    34. 34. Point Solutions Tools – Many Moving Parts to Manage
    35. 35. Comprehensive Configuration Management System
    36. 36. Automation
    37. 37. Security
    38. 38. Scalability
    39. 39. Consistency
    40. 40. Efficiency</li></li></ul><li>Top Five Configuration Management Tasks<br />Config Backups<br />Automated, Periodic Backups to Secure Storage<br />Centralized Storage for Fast Recovery/Restore<br />User Based Access<br />Secure Transfer – SSH Options<br />
    41. 41. Top Five Configuration Management Tasks<br />Bulk Change Pushes<br />Automatic Push for Changes to Multiple Devices<br />Controlled Push Schedules<br />Eliminate Human Error – Can You make 200 Identical Changes with no Mistakes?<br />
    42. 42. Top Five Configuration Management Tasks<br />Config Change Reporting and Alerting<br />Catch Unauthorized or Harmful Changes<br />Maintain Policy Compliance<br />Detect Unauthorized Access<br />Find Problem Config Changes Quickly – No More Searching!<br />Validate Your Procedures are Being Followed<br />
    43. 43. Top Five Configuration Management Tasks<br />Inventory Reporting<br />Control Maintenance Contract Costs – Don’t Pay for What’s Not There!<br />What do We Have and Where is it?<br />Track and Report for EOL or Scheduled Refresh Cycles<br />Budget With Improved Accuracy<br />Security - Is There a New Device Connected You Should Know About?<br />
    44. 44. Top Five Configuration Management Tasks<br />Policy Compliance Reporting<br />HIPPA, SOX, DISA, STIG, FISMA, PCI, Custom Policies<br />Avoid Costly Penalties for Non-compliance or No Verification<br />Elements Include SNMP Community Strings, Password Strength, SNMP Public, ACL Permissions, Forbidden Protocols, User Access<br />
    45. 45. Network Configuration Manager<br />Features and Functionality<br />Config Backup<br />Config Templates<br />User Tracking<br />Config Change Reporting and Alerting<br />Device Deployment Support <br />Policy Compliance Verification<br />Bulk Change Pushes<br />Firmware and IOS Transfers<br />Inventory Reporting<br />Config Comparisons and Rollbacks<br />Real-time Change Detection and Alerting<br />
    46. 46. Network Configuration Manager<br />New Features in v6.1<br />Enhanced Policy Reporting<br />Policy reports to the block level<br />Test policy rules before rollout<br />DISA, STIG reports out of the box<br />Integrated import/export community report sharing <br />IPv6 Config Support<br />Custom Configuration File Types<br />Enhanced Performance<br />Over 80% Faster Than Previous Versions<br />
    47. 47. Where to get learn more…<br /><ul><li>Documentation
    48. 48. SolarWinds technical documentation:</li></ul><br /><ul><li>SolarWinds Knowledge Base (KB):</li></ul><br />Videos, blog posts, and webcasts<br /><br /><ul><li>Community</li></ul><br />Product Blog – in product and<br /><ul><li>Technical Support</li></ul><br /><ul><li>SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP) program and training content</li></ul><br />
    49. 49. SOLARWINDS CONFIDENTIAL<br />Get the Free 30 Day Trial Evaluation<br />Now that you’ve watched the webcast, it is recommended that you download the free, 30-Day Evaluation of the products mentioned for your evaluation purposes.<br />Get the free, 30 day evaluation of the software used in this webcast:<br />Orion Network Configuration Manager<br />Download Now<br />
    50. 50. Summary and Q&A<br />Thank you for attending!<br />To learn more or to download free 30-day trials of<br />SolarWinds products visit:<br />Contact information<br />Josh Stephens, Head Geek<br /><br />twitter: sw_headgeek<br />Blog:<br />p.s. Remember to renew your maintenance!!!<br />