SOURCE: SolarWinds


January 26, 2010 08:00 ET

SolarWinds Introduces the IT Industry's First and Only Free Configuration Change Management Tool With Community Integration -- Network Config Generator

Network Config Generator to Ease the Headache of Remembering Past Config Commands and Manually Entering New Scripts

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - January 26, 2010) - SolarWinds® (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable network management software to more than 88,000 customers worldwide, today announced the newest addition to its free tool offering, SolarWinds Network Config Generator, designed to simplify, speed-up and automate configuration change tasks for network engineers.

"Commands for tasks like VLAN configuration -- which are executed less frequently -- can be easily forgotten and are a pain to rebuild. With Network Config Generator, network engineers can create a change template to re-use for future configurations, saving time and frustration as well as ensuring consistency in configurations across devices. They can download new change templates created by the community and share their own, all without leaving the tool. There's no other free tool like this," said Josh Stephens, SolarWinds' Head Geek and Vice President of Technology.

To quickly change a device's configuration without looking up commands or to apply a config change template across similar devices, network engineers can simply select the variables and automatically generate standard configs using Network Config Generator's intuitive user interface, reducing manual input and configuration errors.

Network Config Generator highlights:

--  Get started immediately with "out-of-the-box" config change templates
    to change interface descriptions and configure VLANs, switch port security,
    NetFlow, and IP SLA.
--  Enable advanced features of network devices with an intuitive control
--  Save time by generating advanced config change commands, made simple
    with pre-defined templates.
--  Boost network performance by activating network device features
    already purchased.
--  Download and share custom config change templates for additional
    scenarios via SolarWinds' online community's built-in Content Exchange
--  Enforce regulatory policies, drive consistent change-control
    procedures and comply with Federal regulations such as FISMA.

Configuration management is critical for controlling and tracking changes to the network. For a more robust configuration management, Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM) offers:

--  Ability to execute scripts and config changes, including those
    generated by Network Config Generator, on multiple devices simultaneously
--  Nightly backups of configs
--  Real-time change notification
--  Config policy violation detection
--  Instant inventory of your network device hardware

Partnered with Orion Network Performance Monitor (NPM), network engineers achieve a unified, intuitive view into enterprise-wide network health that displays configuration health indicators alongside performance statistics.

Additional Resources

SolarWinds Network Config Generator

SolarWinds' Free Tools

Orion Network Configuration Manager (NCM)

SolarWinds' Head Geek Introduction to Network Config Generator

Users can find more information including tips from SolarWinds company experts, as well as peer support and perspectives on SolarWinds' products, including Network Config Generator, Orion NCM and other free tools at thwack, SolarWinds' online community. Integrated links within the products give SolarWinds customers the ability to search product forums, post questions, exchange custom scripts and templates, and immediately access valuable knowledge and resources directly from the community's more than 30,000 members.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds provides powerful, simple and affordable network management software to more than 88,000 customers worldwide -- from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. Focused on the real-world needs of network professionals, SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to manage today's complex network environments. SolarWinds' growing online community, thwack, is a gathering-place for problem-solving, technology-sharing, and participating in product development for all of SolarWinds' products. Learn more today at

SolarWinds,, thwack, and Orion are registered trademarks of SolarWinds. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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