In the business sector, network technologies are constantly evolving as networks grow more extensive and more complicated with the growth of the business. In this rapidly advancing technological environment, the business must implement ways to manage the configuration of their large number of connected devices. Enterprises need to implement a robust network configuration manager to efficiently handle network management.
What is Network Configuration Management?
Network configuration is the initial process of defining a network’s operation, flow, and controls—effectively maintaining and arranging the information related to all network components. It is the continuous process of supervising the setup and maintenance of all network devices and the applications and firmware installed on them. It includes the discovery of devices, monitoring device configuration and status, and the maintenance of inventory.
Network Configuration Management allows to swiftly replace the functionality of a piece of network equipment after a failure and save a backup of configuration settings of that device to save the time and hustle to start from scratch.
Why is Network Configuration Management important?
Network Configuration Management gives the ability to reduce downtime and system administrators immediately identify the changes made in the network. NCM also enhances visibility and accountability by enabling the easy identification of modules and software operating on the network. Moreover, it allows to create and tailor audit policies with network configuration that align with industry standards.
Benefits of Configuration Management Tools
1. Automatic Bulk Changes
The highly valuable benefit of the Configuration Management Tool is to create bulk changes. To create many new configuration files in bulk, the only thing to do is create a standard template configuration. It automates configuration updates by automatically generating the change scripts.
2. Constant Backups
This tool Backup all the configuration regularly and compares yesterday’s and today’s backup. It immediately shows all the devices that changed and precisely what the changes were. If there are any unauthorized changes to the devices, this tool identifies to prevent malicious activities.
3. Streamlined Processes
Another advantage of configuration management tools is that they allow for streamlining processes. As the company’s network grows, more tools are needed to make it easy to schedule backups and stay alerted when backups fail. Configuration Management tools provide functionalities to search past backups and restore backups quickly.
4. Configuration Audit and Review
Network Configuration Manager provides reports on the differences between the configurations of similar devices. It makes it easy to decide on configuration policies and apply them to different device types. This information helps demonstrate compliance with security standards and spot unauthorized configuration updates and roll them back instantly.
5. Automated Roll Back of Changes
In a case where an administrator applies a change and later realizes that it resulted in a misconfiguration, this tool can roll back changes to previous configurations saving time and resolving issues. It can even automate the correction of those changes and a lot of other routine device management tasks.
Are you ready to make the most out of your network configuration management? Kidan provides ManageEngine Network Configuration Manager that offers all the tools needed to manage today’s IT challenges. We help enterprises to make it possible to scale network management quickly and efficiently.