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Download configuration files

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Anthony.Rinaldi_ret on Oct 03, 2016

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Download configuration files to view the current configuration of your managed devices, compare current and previous configurations, or archive configuration files for backup. SolarWinds NCM can transfer files using direct and indirect transfers.

If a configuration includes the command prompt character, SolarWinds NCM stops downloading. SolarWinds NCM provides the UseExactPromptMatch device template command you can use to instruct NCM to act on the command prompt only if it appears on a separate line. For more details about using this command, see Troubleshooting: Confine recognition of the command prompt during download.

Downloading from a single node

  1. Click My Dashboards >  Network Configuration > Config Summary. Use an account that has the WebDownloader, WebUploader, Engineer, or Administrator role.
  2. Under NCM Node List, click a node in the list.
  3. Click Configs on the left.
  4. Under Download Config, select the config type, and click Download.

    By default, NCM does not download a config with fewer than 11 lines. Adjust the Config Min Length setting if necessary. For more information, see Managing Configuration Files.

  5. If you receive a connection error, click Fix Connection in Device Template, and follow the Device Template wizard.
  6. Follow the prompts of the Device Template wizard:

Downloaded configuration files are stored on your server in an archive. The location is specified in NCM Settings > Config Settings > Config Archive Folder Locations.

Downloading from multiple nodes

By default, NCM does not download a config with fewer than 11 lines. Adjust the Config Min Length setting if necessary. For more information, see Managing Configuration Files.

  1. Click My Dashboards >  Network Configuration > Jobs.
  2. Click Create New Job.
  3. Name the job, and then select Download Configs from Devices from Job Type.
  4. Select the Schedule Type. If you are creating an Advanced schedule, use the five fields to create an appropriate cron expression. 
  5. Add a comment if this job relates to a business rule, and click Next.
  6. Select the nodes to target with this job, and click Next.
  7. Select an email notification option, and click Next. If you click Email Results, the default settings are populated. These settings can be overridden in each job.
  8. Select the configuration types you want to download.
  9. Set your notifications preference, and click Next.
  10. Review the settings for the job, and click Finish.

 

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