Submit a ticketCall us

AnnouncementsChange Is Inevitable

Get valuable help when it comes to tracking and monitoring changes. SolarWinds® Server Configuration Monitor (SCM) is designed to help you: detect, track, and receive alerts when changes occur, correlate system performance against configuration changes, compare server and application configuration against custom baselines, and verify application and system changes.

Learn more.

Home > Success Center > Network Configuration Manager (NCM) > NCM - Knowledgebase Articles > NCM Compliance Policy Reports

NCM Compliance Policy Reports

Updated May 11, 2017


This article provides information on the NCM Compliance Policy Reports and its features. 

For more detailed information, see Ensure compliance to policy rules.


All NCM versions


The Policy Reporter tool allows a customer to define code snippets as Policy where certain config segments must exist or non-existent on some devices. Once Rules have been defined, a customer can run a report against their devices to find out which devices are compliant. This feature implements and manages guidelines such as HIPAA, SOX or internal department policies.


Rules are created from the Policy Reporter tool by clicking New Rule in the toolbar.

Rules are defined as a simple string search, or a RegEx pattern. If there's difficulty with using RegEx expressions, use the RegExr (© 2017 gskinner, available at, obtained on January 12th, 2017.) as a test tool. Copy an example configuration from the website, and test the RegEx expression in real time. This provides assistance with building RegEx queries.


Policies are created by clicking Add New Policy from the toolbar. 

To create a new policy, select one or more rules for the policy, and one or more devices to apply that rule. Choose which configuration type the Policy should apply to. There's no limit to the number of rules that could be added in a policy. Users can choose to add nodes/devices to the policy by selecting them directly, or by setting a Condition (similar to Advanced Alert conditions). A Policy can also be set to check every node in the database.


Reports are created by clicking Add New report from the toolbar.

To create a report, select one or more policies to assign to the report. Reports can be run from the Policy Reporter tool, or from the Web Console. To run a report in Policy Reporter, open the report and click Execute Report. Policy reports display warning, critical or informational messages, depending on the rules that were violated in the configuration. Hovering over each violation displays details of the violation, and what rule was violated.


The NCM Web Console provides the same functionality as the Policy Reporter, allowing a user to create, modify and delete Rules, Policies and Reports, and run them.

To do this, click the Compliance tab to begin looking at the Policy reports.



Last modified