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Top 5 Reasons to Use Kiwi CatTools

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Kiwi CatTools is a network automation tool that helps manage device configurations on routers, switches, firewalls.

From a simple, easy-to-use console, you can simplify network configuration management, device config backup, config change alerting, config compare, reporting and more.

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Top 5 Reasons to Use Kiwi CatTools

  1. 1. TOP FIVE REASONS TO USE KIWI CATTOOLS® POWERFUL NETWORK AUTOMATION AND CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  2. 2. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. What is Kiwi CatTools? Kiwi CatTools is a network automation tool that manages configurations on network devices such as routers, switches, and firewalls. • Delivers automation to simplify and execute tasks including: • Scheduling backup of network configuration • Performing bulk configuration changes on multiple devices • Managing configuration change alerting • Comparing device configurations • Generating configuration and device information reports • Supports a variety of network devices from dozens of manufacturers including: • Cisco®, HP®, 3Com®, Enterasys®, F5®, Huawei®, Juniper®, and more • See list of supported devices
  3. 3. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. Why to use Kiwi CatTools? 1. Back up device configuration 2. Bulk update of device configurations 3. Compare and rollback configurations 4. Simplify network device management 5. Network configuration reporting
  4. 4. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. 1. Back up Device Configuration SCHEDULED AND AUTOMATED BACKUP • Kiwi CatTools automates the backing up network device configurations • Allows you to schedule backup activity for custom time intervals • Includes a built-in TFTP server that also supports the backup activity via TFTP
  5. 5. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. 2. Bulk Update of Device Configuration MODIFY MULTIPLE DEVICES SIMULTANEOUSLY • Kiwi CatTools enables the remote execution of command line instructions (CLI) on multiple devices • Allows you to schedule changes in a configuration to occur at custom time intervals • Examples of use cases: • Schedule a configuration change to shut down the specific interfaces after office hours to block unauthorized staff from gaining access into the network • You can also use scheduled configuration changes to add or remove access-list entries at specified times
  6. 6. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. 3. Compare and Rollback Configuration • Kiwi CatTools performs two types of comparisons: • Compare current configuration with the most recent backup of the device configuration • Compare running and start-up configurations Easily view results on the console or via a report • Alert on configuration change: • CatTools offers built-in alerts to send email notifications when configurations changes are detected • Rollback and restore configurations: • CatTools uses the built-in TFTP server to upload backed-up text configuration files to the specified device and update existing configuration CONFIGURATION CHANGE MANAGEMENT
  7. 7. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. 4. Simplify Network Device Management ISSUE CLI COMMANDOS FROM CATTOOLS • CatTools provides various built-in, customizable “Activities” that allow you to issue a series of CLI commands to the selected devices as if you were typing them from the normal command-line prompt • Run external VB script from CatTools activity and use the return value from the external script as part of a CLI command to be executed • Use Cases:  Enable/disable ports on a Catalyst CatOS switch  Backup Cisco IOS® image to TFTP server  Download Cisco IOS running config to TFTP server  Download Cisco IOS running config to SCP server  Upload Cisco IOS config from TFTP to device  Upgrade Cisco IOS via TFTP  Enter different commands onto each device  Save output from multiple devices into a single file
  8. 8. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. What is an “Activity” in CatTools? CUSTOMIZE AND SCHEDULE ACTIVITIES • An “Activity” is the method by which CatTools performs a certain function • Below are a list of the different Activities available in CatTools: • Backup Running Config • Backup Config via TFTP Server • Modify Config • Upload Config via TFTP Server • Update Device Password • Update Device Banner • Inter-device Ping • Connectivity Login Test
  9. 9. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. 5. Network Configuration Reporting OUT-OF-THE-BOX REPORTS AND REPORT VIEWER • Kiwi CatTools provides the following out-of-the-box reports in HTML and text file formats: • Compare Startup and Running Configuration • Device Version Report • Port Report • MAC Report • ARP Report • CDP Neighbors Report • Error Info Report • Kiwi CatTools also supports sending these reports and statistics via email
  10. 10. © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved. Customer Reviews “SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools allows us to easily recover in the case of an outage involving network switches. We have a daily backup of all our 1000+ devices.” Mels Van Der Ploeg Network Engineer Delta “Using SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools, we are able to provide faster responses to queries about what is connected and where.” Jeremy Cooler Network Engineer IHS “159 IT organizations rated SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools as 4.5 out of 5 stars on average.” IT Tech TechValidate Survey
  11. 11. Download a free trial today! Try SolarWinds Kiwi CatTools! www.kiwicattools.com DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL © 2017 SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC. All rights reserved.
  12. 12. The SolarWinds, SolarWinds & Design, Orion, and THWACK trademarks are the exclusive property of SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC or its affiliates, are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries. All other SolarWinds trademarks, service marks, and logos may be common law marks or are registered or pending registration. All other trademarks mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and are trademarks of (and may be registered trademarks) of their respective companies.

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