Restore configurations and reduce network downtime
With a wide range of companies striving to make a mark in the IT world, having an ideal IT infrastructure matters more than ever. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to maintain a solid network environment without network outages. An untimely network outage leads to downtime in network devices resulting in disrupted network connectivity, application unavailability, loss of data, and more. According to Gartner research, the average cost of one minute of system downtime is about $5,600. Thus it is important to prevent network downtime to avoid loss in business and damaged reputation. Network Configuration Manager provides an optimal solution to reduce device downtime by effectively restoring a backed up configuration during an outage.
There are two simple steps to have an efficient configuration restore.
Restore configurations step 1: Backup configuration files
In order to restore configuration files, it is necessary to backup configurations of network devices. Backing up configuration files reduces device downtime significantly since users can directly upload a trusted configuration version during an outage. A network admin can bring back the device before troubleshooting and finding the root cause provided the right configuration file is backed up. Network Configuration Manager provides a simple and affordable one-step implementation solution to have the updated configuration files.
There are three ways to backup configurations in Network Configuration Manager, namely:
- Manual Backups - A large number of configurations can be selected in bulk and backed up with a single click.
- Scheduled Backups - Configurations which require routine backing up can be scheduled and backed up during the scheduled time.
- Syslog-based automated backups - Critical devices can be backed up using this method and admins can get syslog notifications during this process.
Restore configurations steps 2: Label configuration
Once the configurations are backed up, the administrators can be assured of restoring configurations to avoid downtime in network devices. To make the restoration process easier, Network Configuration Manager provides options to label configurations for each device. Labelling
device configurations helps users to distinguish configurations from one and other, making it easier to find a particular configuration.
For example, you can label a stable backup configuration as 'upload during disaster' and easily locate the configuration file with that particular label and restore it during a network disaster. Thus, network downtime will be drastically reduced since the admin need not search from among hundreds of configuration files to restore the most suitable configuration version.
Restore configurations using Baseline configurations
Another method which helps to simplify the restoration process is selecting a baseline configuration version. Baseline Configuration is the most stable configuration version which when uploaded into a faulty device, brings it back to optimum performance. Whenever a network configuration is backed up, Network Configuration Manager stores the backed up files as incremental versions. Out of these versions, the admin chooses the most stable configuration and labels it as "Baseline Configuration". Thus, while restoring a configuration during an outage, the admin can directly upload the Baseline version as it is the best performing configuration version of the lot.
How to restore a configuration in Network Configuration Manager?
To restore a configuration version during a network outage, you can select the configuration version you wish to restore by selecting the "upload configuration" option. Thus, Administrators can rollback the configuration to the Baseline version or any suitable version in no time. Once the configuration is restored, the device will be up and running, thereby eliminating downtime in network devices completely. Thus, configuration restoration provides enough time for network admin to analyze the cause for the network outage later and take corrective action without affecting business productivity.
Advantages of timely restoration of configuration
1. Simple deployment: Network Configuration Manager offers a central administrative console to backup and restore network configurations. From a single platform, you can manage backups of across any device making it easy to carryout bulk backup and restoration operations in a short time.
2. Higher Reliability: The biggest benefit of backing up configuration is it helps users achieve automated and updated backups on a daily basis, or at a scheduled time. Thus administrators can rely on these backups during an outage to restore any type of configuration file.
3. Faster recovery from outages: Network Configuration Manager allows users to backup the entire database of your network. Thus, even if the entire database crashes, users can be assured of restoring data real quick to bring back the devices to function normally.
4. Quick access to files: Since Network Configuration Manager provides an option to label configurations, it enables users to quickly restore configurations by locating files based on the label name. This saves users from manually searching configurations to access a particular configuration.
5. Eliminates manual workload: Network Configuration Manager saves users from manually backing up configurations using a Telnet or a Putty. With a single click, both backing up and restoring configurations can be done thereby benefitting employees on a large scale.
Configuration Restoration - Backup
Configuration Restoration - Labelling
Configuration Restoration - Baseline
Configuration Restoration - Uploading