Furthermore, if I try to import subnets from a spreadsheet I have to assign them to a parent subnet so the info not learned from the spreadsheet is put in IE subnet mask. That is not feasible when you have thousands of subnets.
You could try first exporting and then importing the subnet list into Toolsets IP Address Management tool. You can then import that database directly into IPAM.
Import IP Addresses from Toolset
To import IP addresses and subnets into Orion IPAM from the Toolset:
1. Locate the Toolset IP Manager database on your Toolset server.
2. Copy the Toolset IPAddress Manager db to an appropriate location on your Orion server.
3. Open a CommandPrompt on the Orion server.
4. Enter CD :\ProgramFiles\SolarWinds\Orion\IPAM.
5. Enter NET STOP ''SolarWinds Information Service''.
6. Enter SolarWinds.IPAM.Init.exe –import <Fullpath to your Toolset IP Address Manager database>.
7. Enter NET START ''SolarWinds Information Service''.
The IP Address manager tool stores the database by default here on windows 2003.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SolarWinds\IP-Address-Management.IPDB
Hope this helps!
Ok So I have done this procedure and it actually leaves out the part where you get your subnets into IPAM. And the way to do that us import them from a file you create with Subnet list tool.
So while I am happy there is a way to accomplish this, the utter hidiousness of the procedure is astounding. Especially considering that this is a tool you pay a hefty price for.
In my mind there is no doubt IPAM should be able to import your subnets effciently and easily without having to jump through flaming hoops.
Donald, we are in absolute agreement. We have plenty of opportunities to make this experience much better in IPAM.