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What we are working on now: NCM

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After delivering a pretty exciting new release of NCM (6.1) on Feb 1st of this year, here is what the NCM team is working on now:

User Interface

  • Single Unified Web Console
    For those of you who also own NPM and use the NPM integration module, the standalone website and integrated website will be merged into one
  • Improved configuration management of large lists of devices.
    The NCM web interface will support multi-level grouping of the devices, in the Configuration Management window, making it easier to navigate long list of devices to identify and select the devices which will be affected by the Configuration Management action.

Node management

  • Node Management improvement
    - NCM standalone users will be able to configure the discovery of their network via a Web interface, as well as benefit from feature-rich node management capabilities (grouping, properties)
    - Users of NCM integrated with NPM will also benefit from an easy to use and web-based way to keep their NPM and NCM managed node list synchronized.
    - NCM Web Summary page performance improvement.

Support Change Request Approval

  • Ability to request approval before making a sensitive change on devices
    Changes such as uploading configuration/executing script/executing configuration change template/rebooting device can be subject to approval by approver before they are executed by users who do not have sufficient credential for these changes (list non exhaustive)


  • Message, Event, Trap and Syslog tools (configuration and visualization) common with NPM
  • Active Directory integration improvement
    Definition of Active Directory users consistent with NPM, web-based and supporting groups.

PLEASE NOTE:  Comments given in this forum should not be interpreted as a commitment that SolarWinds will deliver any specific feature in any particular time frame. All discussions of future plans or product roadmaps are base on the product teams intentions, but those plans can change at any time.

About the Author
Francois has joined the SW product management team in Dec 2010. He has been in the network management space for about 15 years, first in a startup company, then in one of the big 4 and back to a human-size company. Despite his bizarre accent, he is a decent guy to talk to.