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Bulk export and import for IPAM

IPAM is a great tool. But it could be better. I'm seeing more feature requests about exporting and importing. So I know I'm not alone on this.

The main question is how can we all move ipam from one deployment to another by exporting and importing? You have one instance of solarwinds, you build a separate brand new instance. How do you move IPAM as is from one environment to the next so the new instance can take over? Answer is, currently you can't. It's by manual effort only. Now lets say you have over 600k ip's and growing. Separated into there groups of super nets and sub nets. That means you have to basically recreate all groups and their hierarchy in the new environment. For 600k+ ip addresses, this took 4 people a week to complete. When it could of been as easy as pressing export, then pressing import in the new system. Saves resources, you don't need to involve others, saves cost of Tylenol needed for the headache among the people involved, saves time when we could of invested that time into other more important tasks. And at the end makes upper management real happy.

Even if this can't be done, We would of excepted creating groups and importing the rest of the information too these groups.

My idea is basically an enhancement and over haul of the current export import feature in IPAM to bring over the information we need. Including supernets and subnets, and hierarchy.

IPAM while powerful, currently isn't really user friendly and in our opinion lacks maturity. The software has potential to beat the rest of the competition out there. And I'm hoping through the many feature requests I see for export and import. Dev's and product managers for IPAM can consider this.

  • Thank you so much!!

    ding​ , I wanted to get your opinion on this feature request. Any chance it can be implemented? Or is it part of the roadmap for IPAM?

  • lcsw2013  wrote:

    serena  I don't know if your the right person to comment on this. But do you know if any of the product managers on the IPAM maybe considering something similar to this?  The idea came up after me and a group of people needed over three weeks to transition over 500 k IP's from our old solarwinds to our new environment. There was no way at all to bulk import and have it fill in the same as it was on the old system and believe me when I say we were cursing under our breath every single day that went by without an import feature that actually worked and could do bulk imports. 

    In this case your go to product manager will be @ding to comment on the roadmap for IPAM in this case. emoticons_happy.png

  • serena​ I don't know if your the right person to comment on this. But do you know if any of the product managers on the IPAM maybe considering something similar to this?  The idea came up after me and a group of people needed over three weeks to transition over 500 k IP's from our old solarwinds to our new environment. There was no way at all to bulk import and have it fill in the same as it was on the old system and believe me when I say we were cursing under our breath every single day that went by without an import feature that actually worked and could do bulk imports. 

  • This is a must have feature for anyone doing rebuilds of environments with a ton of IPAM group customization.