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Use CDP or vendor specific discovery protocols to turbo charge discoveries

Use CDP or vendor specific discovery protocols to turbo charge discoveries

I personally find the discovery engine completely inefficient.  Why is CDP or other, not used to aid discovery?  I could simply then scan 2 /24 management networks to discover our L3 devices, then use CDP to discover all connected devices... Currently I have to scan a /18 network to discover all of our nodes, which takes hours!  Not very good when I simply want to discover a single node I have added.

While it is of course possible to then create smaller discovery profiles, using CDP or other would decrease this discovery time immensely.

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I was just about to post this, can't figure out why it doesn't exist yet honestly!!  

Lets vote this up folks!!!

Level 13

Just having the direct CDP type information is useful for a number of things.  Parent/Child relationships, building maps, etc. 

I had a UnDP showing this on my old job.  It would be nice if this was built in.

Level 11

This is a great idea!  +1

How this, or at the absolute very least LLDP is a default option is beyond me at this point.

The protocols exist specifically for this use case. The Discovered Links report is kind of nice, but I can't export it to anything other than PDF from the web interface; besides, that's after the fact.

Level 16

Probably one of reasons why those vendors propriety NMS tools are still in business...

Solarwids discovery engine can  get snmp status of CDP|LLDP you will probably will be fine on CDP network...

Solarwinds can’t give you the full picture when you are multivendor..

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