4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 17, 2011 5:42 PM by Mr_Glass

    Config change emails

    nrms

      Morning!

      I am using NCM to do a nightly download of the running configs and a weekly download of the startup configs of my Cisco switches. Every download session results in my getting an email of the success/failure and changes between the new running config and the last startup config. I ignore most of these emails since most changes do get written to the startup config, but because I only download that once a week there are sometimes false change alerts.

      However, on the night where both downloads are done (the startup being done before the running) I look through the email to see what changes are outstanding. This is quite a tiresome process as the report shows the entire config side by side (without any obvious header of which config is which!) and a text character to show which lines have altered. The problem is that sometimes I have 1 line that has changed out of 500+. This makes spotting the change difficult (I like to check to see what changes people have been making!)

      Would it be possible to have an extra option to only show the changed lines, and perhaps the 5 lines either side to give some context. It would also be useful to have a link given that will show the comparrison of the 2 configs side by side in the web interface. The colour-coding on the web interface makes it a little easier to spot the changes.

      The email I get from the job is just the plain text version, and all the changes are in a single email. I prefer this method so that my inbox doesn't get clogged up with change alerts!

        • Re: Config change emails
          fcaron

          Hi Nrms,

          Good set of use cases and enhancement request (72226).

          Reading this paragraph, both options seem redundant. Which one is your favorite? The email body changed to show only changes or email contains a link to the WEB page that has the color coding for changes?

          Would it be possible to have an extra option to only show the changed lines, and perhaps the 5 lines either side to give some context. It would also be useful to have a link given that will show the comparrison of the 2 configs side by side in the web interface. The colour-coding on the web interface makes it a little easier to spot the changes.