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What We Are Working On Now...

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Hi everyone – there’s no summer vacation for the NCM team. We just got NCM 6.0 out the door, and we’re already hard at work on a number of new features. In addition to the routine set of fixes, new device templates, and other optimizations – we’re working on:

Improved Policy Reports – import and export policies, rules, and possibly whole reports.  Check for violations in config blocks (interface-level checking). We’re also looking at enhancing the user interface to make policy creation more intuitive and management much simpler. 

Support for multiple config types – you’ve asked for this, and we’re working on it now.

Additional IpV6 support – NCM already has IpV 6 support for many activities, and we’re working on additional support.

Improved inventory management – we are working on making this process easier and the reports even more useful. 

Additional device templates  - including support for Motorola WS5100 WAP and ES3000 switch devices.

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Hi everyone - the RC is now ready. If you are interested in participating, please send me a message with your SWID. 

--Christine 

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I'm testing NCM for use in my company for managing configurations on Cisco devices and like what I see so far.  I would like to know if there are improvements coming soon for this product;

1. Increased functionality on the web interface so I don't have to keep going to the server application.

2. More flexible reporting.  More dynamic manipulation of reports like sorting by columns, rearranging or hiding columns, prompting for an argument.

In looking at this forum I see there hasn't been an update from Solarwinds for one year.  Is this product going away?  Where is the current "What we're working on..." list for this product?

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Hi

1: I would like to see improvements in the access to config change templates, meaning a ability to restrict users to certain CCT. As if you wanted to create a helpdesk user account and then create a change template that allowed them to add a port into a certain VLAN for instance, but you did not want them to be able to see any of the other types of templates you created.

2: more roles defined in NCM as well as AD group functionality

3: More import DB options as if you want this tool to be enterprise class it needs access to other types. like Oracle or MYSQL and POSTGRESQL. many companies have a CMDB now and want to feed that info into a product like this. Also have the ability to have filters on the import data sources as well, so not just for certain import types but for all import types. so I want to only filter on Cisco devices or multiple vendors in my import datasource , whether it is a file or a database.

4:  EOL/EOS type functionality, so an ability to enter this data youself and then to be able to alert and report on it.

Thanks

James

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Great idea to have a thread like this. 

I assume feature requests are not out of line here. This is a big one that I haven't seen mentioned. I'm going to post a request for the same thing in the IPAM topic. 

MSP support (multitenancy).

You guys are already on track with NPM and the EOC. Taking ALL data and putting it into a customer context, and making the server architecture work in a distributed fashion accordingly. I want all your products (especially IPAM and NCM at the moment) to function the same way.  That might mean a LOT of redesign from the ground up, so you may decide that demand doesn't justify the overhaul. Either way, if you could indicate whether or not this feature is under discussion and/or where it stands, that would help me decide whether or not to buy NCM right now. 

Keep this in mind. If you DO modify the server application to be multi-tenant aware, avoid this pitfall.  In many cases, it might make sense to have a dedicated "Polling/NCM node" for each customer. However, where small customers have 1-5 routers, a full blown installation can't be justified.  Thus, a lightweight remote-poller version of the application with an SSL tunnel back to the central server is the ideal strategy. Even then, the ability to have multiple customers on some polling nodes is also ideal.  Same with NPM and APM.

This comes from broad experience in the MSP sector, with many applications having varying degrees of support, and strategies for supporting multi-tenancy. This type of strategy has licensing implications, but it would be wise to create a totally separate license approach for MSP's anyway.

Regards,
Jerry 

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Hey there,

I was wondering if NCM would start supporting the Cisco WAAS devices any time soon? Since I have 100 of them I'd love to see NCM able to back up the configs.

   Thanks,

        Dan Goodale - Network Engineer II

        Triwest Healthcare

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Been back to working with policy manager a bit and have a few features I'd love to see...

1)  Add a "copy" function to managing rules/policies.    We're trying to produce our policies to match the written policies of our security team, so we have several rules that are very similar with just minor changes because they are different written rules.  It would be much easier to copy the rules rather than having to put them in each time.  Plus, if you're working on modifying or enhancing a rule, rather than working on the original it would be nice to make a copy and play with that.

2)  You can test rules against live configs in your database, however - if you want to test against things it should be failing on you might not want to have to modify your configs with the things your testing to make sure they fail, save the config, update the database and then test.   So, I propose a text box you can paste a config snippet into and then "test" your rule to see if it works/fails.  I would think this would be awesome for debugging rules.

3)  When working with rules I tend to need to see what rules are already there, or want to only see the rules I created.  This is pretty easy to do by using the "search" box, which quickly filters down the rules to only what you want to see.  The problem is, that search box gets cleared when doing just about anything and your back to having the whole list of rules up there again.  How about either changing the search box so it is a "filter" box instead which is persistent, or adding a separate filter box or something?

4) On the same line as the one above, if I'm managing my rules and have the list up, I might want to sort by "Folder" rather than "Rule Name".  Easy to do by just clicking on that column, however, once again it clears when you do just about anything.  How about making this persistent, or allowing us to customize the view?   Maybe have the ability to take out columns if you don't want them.  Or even maybe allow you to only view rules that are assigned to a report.   See lots of potential "usability" in this...

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Hi cnorborg,

Nice usability requests.

I recorded 1, 3 and 4 (51740) since #2 is in 6.1 already (tks Questionario for pointing this out)

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Hi cnorborg,

#2 is already implemented in NCM 6.1, I used this feature just a few minutes ago 😉

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Wow, how did I miss that, we are running 6.1 but my eyes just never noticed that in there before!!  That's the quickest implementation of a feature I've ever seen!!  🙂

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Apoloagies if this has already been mentioned but is their any plan to move away from Scheduled Tasks for job creation ?

 

This feature is being disabled as a enterprise standard shortly.

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Hello achrich,

Can you elaborate on this request?

Are you talking about NCM's "Scheduled Tasks" function?

Can you explain what will not fit you enterprise standard shortly.

Thank you.

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Are you talking about NCM's "Scheduled Tasks" function?

 

yes - the abillity to schedule configuration changes / backups etc

 

Can you explain what will not fit you enterprise standard shortly.

 

I`m not a Windows expert but I believe they have a "Group Policy" which prevents the use of it applied.

 

I appreciate this is probably not on any roadmaps but I`m obliged to ask anyway !

 

Thanks

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Not sure if already mentioned but is there plans on NCM backing up Cisco UCS configs?

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Support for HP "A" series switches

Also a filter option on import jobs from NPM so we can be selective in wha goes into NCM.  For example we have to moinitor APC UPS used with all of the routers but the import job pulls them into NCM so i have to create filters on the backups jobs to keep them from appearing as errors in the logs

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Support for HP "A" series switches

Also a filter option on import jobs from NPM so we can be selective in wha goes into NCM.  For example we have to moinitor APC UPS used with all of the routers but the import job pulls them into NCM so i have to create filters on the backups jobs to keep them from appearing as errors in the logs

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Hi everyone - the RC is now ready. If you are interested in participating, please send me a message with your SWID. 

--Christine 

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Hi Christine,

We are interested in recieving the RC.
Customer ID: SW368246
If you need anything else let me know.

Adam

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What is new in the RC? We're likely interested in checking it out, but I'll need to make sure our network geeks know what to go play with. 🙂

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Hi Damien - pretty much everything we were working on made it in to the RC. Here is an overview: 

  • Improved Policy Reporter – Interface-level policy checking, improved performance, and a completely new, web interface and workflow. Thwack integration enables sharing both inside and outside the organization. Additionally, a syntax checker allows you to see how rules will be applied to a chosen config.  You will find all of this in the Orion/NCM integration piece.
     
  • Support for multiple config types – Backup and restore configs of whatever type you prefer.
     
  • Comprehensive IpV6 support.
     
  • Improved inventory management – Performance has been greatly enhanced (8x improvement).
     
  • Additional device templates  - Motorola WS5100 WAP and ES3000 switch devices, Ericsson switches, Meru network controller, and many others are now supported.

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Hey Christine,

the improved policy reporter sounds interesting, what kind of improved inventory reports are you talking about?

I hope something like this:

will be possible natively (that report is the only useful report we use from NCM).

Looking forward to the GA release (we dont do the RCs in production environment)!

 

PS: can you tell if the GA-release is planned together with APM4?

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Hi Questionario - the inventory reports improvements are mainly around the web UI and performance. We didn't actually add any new reports in this RC. We do have a Cisco inventory report with serial numbers in the product though - what were you needing in the report that you sent? 

There's no intentional syncing between APM and NCM GA dates. We just started our RC with NCM. 

--Christine 

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