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Configuration File Management Overview

 

The Configuration File Management chapter of the Management and Monitoring Guide for IP/MPLSView describes the management of router configuration files, including integrity checks reports, conformance checks against user-defined templates, and configuration file revisions.

When importing configuration files to create a network model, an integrity checks report is created to indicate potential configuration problems in the network. Users can also create their own templates and check configuration files for conformance to these templates using the Configuration Conformance feature. Finally, users can also check in new revisions of configuration files whenever changes have been made and view two revisions side-by-side for easy comparison. The web portal can also be used to access configuration files when it is periodically collected. These files are saved and listed according to their modified date and time, as well as revision version number. In addition to viewing these files, the user may also compare the differences to view the changes between different versions of these configuration files.

Use these procedures to manage router configuration files including viewing the records and its changes via the Java client and the web browser.

You should have scheduled a Scheduling Live Network Collection or Network Config Data Collection task, as described in Live Network Collection Overview.

Following is a high-level outline of the configuration file management process and the associated, recommended procedures.

  • Access the Integrity Checks Report through the Report Manager as described in Integrity Checks Report.

  • Create a Conformance Project to check configuration files against a template as described in Configuration Conformance.

  • View revisions between configuration files through the Graphical Interface or through the web browser as described in Configuration Revision Manager.

  • Schedule tasks for configuration file revision management, integrity checks, and conformance checks as described in Task Scheduling.