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

AUSTIN, Texas, 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 GUI.
??? 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 integration.
??? 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.