Network Inventory Management with Informative Inventory
In order to cope with the rapid technological advancements, businesses often make changes to their network infrastructures. This results in a total chaos with respective to the status of the infrastructure. Manual tracking and data compilation often leads to missing out devices, incorrect data entry, compilation errors and it also consumes a lot of time. This is why every business needs a tool or a platform to organize and manage network configurations. Network inventory management is crucial for managing network devices, to organize 1000's of network assets to track configurations and more.
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Let us see the different components that make up a holistic network inventory management :
Device Managment with Network Inventory management Tool:
The first step in managing devices is to discover devices
. Once the devices are discovered, they get listed in the inventory along with data such as serial numbers, port details, IP addresses, vendors, etc.,. Network Inventory Tool also updates your device information whenever it changes making it easier for administrators to manage and organize devices.
Network Inventory Tool also provides more than ten filters based on vendor, series etc., to quickly identify a device from over thousand network devices. For eg, if you want to search for a Cisco switch, you can use "Vendor" and "Type" filters and only the switches which fall under the vendor "Cisco" will get listed in the Inventory.
Dynamic Groups with Network Inventory management Tool:
Inventory provides an option to create multiple groups , where a user can add multiple devices and monitor the status of each of these devices in that group. These groups can be created based on several criteria such as the backup status, compliance status, running-startup configuration conflicts etc.
Whenever there is a change in any of these operational statuses, the change will directly get reflected in the groups. For eg, a device under the "startup-running conflict" group will automatically move to the "startup-running sync" group when it is synced with the startup configuration. Likewise, all the groups will keep updating dynamically based on the changes made to the devices. This helps the users save time in compiling and updating device information.
Configuration change tracking with Network Inventory management Tool:
Network Inventory tool helps to track all configuration changes and manage them right from the Inventory. With the help of "Config" and "changes" option in the Inventory, you can monitor all the changes that happen in different configurations . Network Inventory tool also provides additional information such as:
- The exact time and date of change
- The type of change as authorized/unauthorized
- What the change is and the configuration type on which the change was made
- A periodical change trend chart which enables the user to analyze the progression of configuration in a particular time span.
Thus, all the changes can be tracked and monitored form a centralized platform .This gives the admin the leverage to control the changes in his network, making configuration and change management easily attainable.
Advanced network inventory management functionalities:
Filters based on hardware details : Network Inventory tool allows the users to search for a specific device based on hardware details. Network Inventory tool also provides 'And/Or' criteria to help users narrow down their search to list only the devices which they require.
Configuration search: Network Inventory Tool provides a feature which helps the admin search for a particular string or a line from all the device configurations available. When a particular string is searched for, network inventory tool will list all the configurations which contains that string making it easier for administrators to revert or analyze a particular change in a better way. Network Inventory tool also provides an option called "Advanced Configuration Search". Using this option, the admin can search for more than one string and give additional options such as "contains/not contains", "Line starts with/ends with" along with "And/Or" criteria.
Network Inventory tool provides an option called "Diff View"
which shows side-by-side comparisons of configuration files. Using "Diff view" option, you can view changes between any two configuration versions of the same device or configurations of different devices. Diff View's comparison table displays color-coded changes to help users easily identify changes. Lines that have been added are shown in green, deleted lines are in red, and modified lines are blue. Diff view can be used when a user wants to compare configs to identify a critical change or to analyze the startup /running configuration changes to make decisions that improves quality of configurations.
User-specific customizable columns: Network Inventory Tool provides header customization based on their preference. The users can choose the different headers such as "OS version", "series", "Host name" etc., and view the statuses of devices for the chosen column headers. This customization does not change even when a user logs out and logs in from a different location and remains the same till he customizes it again.
Benefits of Network Inventory management Tool:
- Gives automatic updates about all hardware and software asset details on a network.
- Provides real-time device management with dynamic updates on multiple devices.
- Helps users make informed decision using reliable device data.
- Keeps you on track with the status of each network operation in all the network devices.
- Assists with budget planning for additional devices by exporting the entire device list in a PDF.
- Saves time, increases reliability and improves productivity making device management efficient.
Network Inventory Management - Filters based on Hardware details
Network Inventory Management-Advanced Configuration Search
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Network Inventory Management-Column header Customization