Update: NCM 7.4 Beta2 has been made available.

 

We have completed another bulk of the development effort and are now focused on testing the latest enhancements of Network Configuration Manager (NCM); NCM v7.4 Beta is available. This is your chance to install the latest version and provide feedback on the new features and fixes. Providing feedback during the beta is the best way to ensure that your feedback will be incorporated in to the release. To participate, simply fill out this survey and you will be sent the download links for the Beta. Remember, Betas are open to customers with valid maintenance contract, cannot be installed in production, and you cannot upgrade the Beta to any other future versions.

 

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New features in Beta2 (topics in alphabetical order):

  • Auditing Improvements
    • Track username of user who made a config change (for real-time change detection)
  • Compiance Reports and Remediation
    • Automatic remediation of policy violations (optional).
    • Execute remediation script for all blocks in violation (e.g. interfaces).
    • Use Config Change Templates for remediation.
  • Config Change Approval
    • Two-step approval (optional).
  • Device Lifecycle Management
    • New report listing End-of-Life devices
    • Automatically assign End-of-Life information based on part number.
  • Device Template Assistant integrated in Web UI
  • Miscellaneous Web UI and Usability Improvements
    • Update or cancel only selected inventory transfers.
    • A number of small usability improvements

 

Content of Beta1:

  • Web-based reporting
  • Web-based alerting
    • Enhancement: Execute the NCM action on a different node.
  • Miscellaneous Web UI and Usability Improvements
    • Be able to quickly add/remove a lot of nodes to/from NCM at the same time.
    • Add SWQL filtering for drill-down charts on NCM summary page.
    • Make grids match browser window size.
    • Export config file from Web UI.
    • Ability to re-execute items on transfer status page.
    • Keep history for the transfer status page.
    • Notify requestor when his/her request has been approved.
    • Option to exclude devices with no config changes from the config change report email notification
    • Improved EoL/EoS summary resource
  • Improvements of Compliance Reports
    • Better navigation when inspecting violations.
    • Config block not found does not mean policy violation.
    • Update only selected policy reports.
    • Disable a policy report.
    • Copy/duplicate a policy or rule.
    • Delete all policies and rules associated with a report at once.
    • Policy violations summary resource is customizable.
    • Export violation details with the compliance report.
  • Security Improvements
    • Report vulnerabilities for Cisco IOS
    • The default NCM Role is None for a new Orion account.
  • New config change templates out of the box
  • Store device templates in the database

 

Inventory reports use Orion web reporting UI

The reporting system of Orion Platform brings a lot of improvements to NCM inventory reports.

  • Modern UI shared with other Orion products
  • Wide range of cusomization possibilities; both information and formatting.
  • No need to RDP to the NCM server

 

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Web UI improvements

Now you can add nodes to NCM without leaving the main node management page:

 

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The pie charts on NCM summary page can be filtered now; this is useful e.g. for Juniper devices that don't follow Cisco's model of startup and running configuration.

 

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You can re-execute transfers easily on the Transfer Status page. The records do not get overwritten in case you are interested in the history.

 

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The EoL/EoS summary resource presents the data in a better structured way. When you click on a part number, the EoL/EoS detailed grid filtered for that particular part number is opened.

 

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Compliance reports are easier to use

A few simple but useful improvements:

 

  1. Update only selected report(s)
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  2. Enable/disable a report
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  3. Policy violations resource is customizable
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  4. When a rule searches in a block rather than in the full config, you have the option not to trigger violation if the whole config block is not present.
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NCM reports vulnerabilities for Cisco IOS

See what vulnerabilities exist for your Cisco IOS nodes. Be alerted when there is a new vulnerability. Acknowledge, remediate, or ignore.

 

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Device templates are managed on the web

No need to distribute the device templates across all your pollers and keep them in sync.

 

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