SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

Compliance Simplified

 

                Security is at an all-time high for many network engineers.  Either being asked “are we good?”, “How’s our security policies?”, or “Hey do we have any security policies in place??”  We wanted to be able to resolve these questions and back them with reports to prove your network is compliant!

 

I’ve been working on an ebook to help unlock the mystery within NCM. Something that would help users and prospects to reach their full NCM potential. The attached documents are simply a chapter from this book that will help simplify compliance once and for all. 


In the Compliance Head Geek episode we went over basic to advanced ways of using this feature.  However, if you really want to dive in then please download the provided compliance documentation and follow the step by step with screenshots.


I've even provided a RegEx help document to bridge a gap from beginner to advanced users.  This will help you to fine tune your searches and get the matches you need.  You could say I have been in a cave for a long time writing and screenshotting…  Seriously, it’s been intense!


The ultimate goal behind these documents is to provide users information that can be used at any level of product knowledge.  Standardization and security needs is a perfect place to start with NCM in general.  These guides will help you to leverage the power of NCM through compliance remediation reporting.


  • Compliance Reports Simplified
  • RegEx Help

 

If you're curious about compliance or other features, then by all means download a free 30 day trial and check it out today!



Thank you,


~ Dez

SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager (NCM) 7.4 Hotfix 1

 

Hotfix 1 addresses the following issues:

  • You do not receive real-time notification email messages after upgrading.
  • Your real-time notification rules no longer work.

 

Hotfix 1 modifies the following files on the SolarWinds NCM server:

  • %ProgramFiles%\SolarWinds\Orion\NCM\SolarWinds.Cirrus.BusinessLayer.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\SolarWinds\Orion\Information Service\3.0\SolarWinds.Cirrus.BusinessLayer.dll

 

Notes:

  • Hotfix 1 requires SolarWinds NCM 7.4.
  • Install this hotfix on your primary NCM server and any NCM additional pollers.

 

To install Hotfix 1:

  1. Log on to the SolarWinds server hosting your NCM installation as an administrator.
  2. Use the Orion Service Manager to stop all SolarWinds services as follows:
    1. Start the Orion Service Manager in your SolarWinds Orion program folder (SolarWinds Orion > Advanced Features > Orion Service Manager).
    2. Click "Shutdown Everything".
  3. Make a backup of the following files:
    • %ProgramFiles%\SolarWinds\Orion\NCM\SolarWinds.Cirrus.BusinessLayer.dll
    • %ProgramFiles%\SolarWinds\Orion\Information Service\3.0\SolarWinds.Cirrus.BusinessLayer.dll
  4. Extract and copy SolarWinds.Cirrus.BusinessLayer.dll from the Hotfix archive to the following locations:
    • %ProgramFiles%\SolarWinds\Orion\NCM
    • %ProgramFiles%\SolarWinds\Orion\Information Service\3.0
  5. In the Orion Service Manager, click "Start Everything".

 

You should now receive real-time notification email messages and the real-time notification rules work as expected.

 

To rollback Hotfix 1:

  1. Use the Orion Service Manager to stop all SolarWinds services as follows:
    1. Start the Orion Service Manager in your SolarWinds Orion program folder (SolarWinds Orion > Advanced Features > Orion Service Manager).
    2. Click "Shutdown Everything".
  2. Replace the following files with the backups you created:
    • %ProgramFiles%\SolarWinds\Orion\NCM\SolarWinds.Cirrus.BusinessLayer.dll
    • %ProgramFiles%\SolarWinds\Orion\Information Service\3.0\SolarWinds.Cirrus.BusinessLayer.dll
  3. In the Orion Service Manager, click "Start Everything".

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