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Home > Success Center > Kiwi CatTools > Kiwi CatTools 3.11 Administrator Guide > Activities > Activities list > Device.Backup.Running Config > Setting up a Device.Backup.Running Config activity

Setting up a Device.Backup.Running Config activity

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Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Caroline Juszczak on Jun 28, 2016

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Activity tab:

Create a new Activity and select Device.Backup.Running Config as the Activity Type:

 

Time tab:

If you wish to run the Activity at a scheduled time set it here.

 

Devices tab:

Select the devices that you want this activity applied to by checking the tick box next to each device in the grid.

 

E-mail tab:

Set preferences for reporting on this Activity.

 

Options tab:

 

Use alternate command:

The command issued to backup the running config will depend on the device type. For example, a Cisco router will be sent the command "Show running-config". If you wanted to send a different command, enter it in this field. Remember that the command must be suitable for all the devices selected for this activity. If your alternate command is only suitable for a Cisco VPN, then make sure only Cisco VPN devices are selected under the devices tab.

 

Current config file:

Specifies the folder and file name of where to store the current device configuration.

 

Default: ...\Configs\%GroupName%\Config.Current.Running.%BaseFile%.txt

 

The variables %GroupName% and %BaseFile% will be replaced at run time and produce a folder and file name.

 

For example:

C:\Program files\Cattools\Configs\Default\Config.Current.Running.Sales_Router.txt

 

This value is where any new configuration files will be stored. If an existing file exists a comparison will be done against the newly downloaded file. If there are no changes, no files will be modified.

 

Dated config file:

Specifies the folder and file name of where to store dated configuration files. The current file is moved to the dated config folder when changes are detected.

Default: ...\Dated Configs\%GroupName%\Config.Dated.Running.%BaseFile%.%DateISO%-%TimeHHMM%.txt

 

The variables %GroupName%, %BaseFile%, %DateISO% and %TimeHHMM% will be replaced at run time and produce a folder and file name.

 

For example:

C:\Program files\Cattools\Dated Configs\Default\Config.Dated.Running.Cisco805.20031006-1914.txt

 

See the section Filename Variables for a list of variables you can use.

 

HTML compare report:

Specifies the folder and file name of where to store the HTML diff report. This diff report file contains a side by side comparison of the old and new configuration. Changes are highlighted in different colors.

 

Default: ...\Reports\ConfigChanges\%GroupName%\Config.Changes.Running.%BaseFile%.%DateISO%-%TimeHHMM%.htm

 

The variables %GroupName%, %BaseFile%, %DateISO% and %TimeHHMM% will be replaced at run time and produce a folder and file name.

 

For example:

C:\Program files\Cattools\Reports\ConfigChanges\Default\Config.Changes.Running.Cisco805.20031006-1914.htm

 

Text summary diff report:

Specifies the folder and file name of where to store the text based diff report. This diff report file contains ??a list of the changes found in the old and new configs. This report is a smaller and simpler way to view the changes. Unlike the HTML report, where both the old and new configs are shown in full. The text report only shows the lines that are different.

 

Default: ...\Reports\ConfigChanges\%GroupName%\Config.Changes.Running.%BaseFile%.%DateISO%-%TimeHHMM%.txt

 

The variables %GroupName%, %BaseFile%, %DateISO% and %TimeHHMM% will be replaced at run time and produce a folder and file name.

 

For example:

C:\Program files\Cattools\Reports\ConfigChanges\Default\Config.Changes.Running.Cisco805.20031006-1914.txt

 

Only notify by e-mail if configs have changed:

This allows you to run configuration backups as often as you want, but only receive an e-mail notification when changes are detected.

 

Attach reports to e-mail:

 

Sub options:

  • HTML compare report only (default
  • Text diff report only
  • Both reports
 

Allows you to choose what level of diff reports you are sent via e-mail.

 

If you want the full comparison reports, have it set to send you the HTML compare report. If you just want the changes sent, use the text report.

 

If you are sending the reports via an insecure medium (corporate network or internet), be aware that the HTML reports contain your full device configuration. It is recommended that you either don't send HTML reports over an insecure medium, or you protect the reports by using a zip password. The longer the password, the harder it is to crack.

 

Zip attachments:

To reduce network traffic and allow for password protection, you can choose to zip the attachments. This is the recommended and default option. It keeps the e-mail smaller and places all the files in a single attachment (great when you have 400 devices).

 

Password protect zip file:

Protect your configs and reports by adding a password to your zip file. The longer the password, the harder it is to crack the protection. The password protection will protect your configs from prying eyes while it is in transit to your e-mail box.

 

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