What is the value of network configuration management and change control?  Perhaps it depends on who you ask. Senior managers will cite reliability, compliance and performance benefits.  Network administrators will talk about how easy it makes their jobs. The reality is that managing device configurations in a complex, heterogeneous network can be like the hamster wheel of pain: Every network change = network risk and the cycle is never ending.  It’s hard to mitigate this risk without a best practices framework, which is why it should come as no surprise that the #1 cause of network downtime is actually due to configuration errors!


Remember your old networking 101 classes?  BYOD, Virtualization, Cloud Computing and SDN have certainly changed the way we manage networks today, but the reality is that errors resulting from routine configuration changes are still the most common and costly reliability problem with networks today.  Fortunately, it is possible to easily prevent these errors by adopting a few universal best practices based on familiar IT governance frameworks like ITIL.


In this video, Dex Manley, Product Manager at SolarWinds, offers five best practices for maintaining a high availability network. We hope you find it to be a helpful guide and reminder for ways to make your configuration management process smoother and more efficient overall.



In this video you’ll also get a intro to the NEW SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager V7.2.  Make sure to take a look at cool new features like EOL too!