Introduction to Kiwi CatTools
Kiwi CatTools (KCT) is a network automation application that provides you with the tools to manage the configuration of your network devices, including routers, switches, and firewalls. CatTools provides support for several devices, including Cisco, 3Com, Dell, Enterasys, Extreme, Foundry, HP Junpier, and Nortel.
Kiwi CatTools includes many options for customizing your environment. For example, you can create schedules to automatically update or backup your network configuration, and you can automatically receive email notifications about network configuration changes. Some of the other activities you can do with Kiwi CatTools are:
- Manage configurations for network devices - including routers, switches, and firewalls.
- Compare a network device's current configuration to the device's start up configuration
- Generate network device configuration reports, such as port, MAC, ARP, and version details.
- Issue commands via Telnet or SSH to several devices at the same time.
- Change the configuration of devices at pre-scheduled times.
- Change all of your monitored network device passwords in one go.
- Manage both IPv4 and IPv6 devices from vendors such as Cisco, HP, Huawei, and 3Com.
This configuration management tool also facilitates writing custom device scripts using VBScript, includes a built-in TFTP server, and supports SSH, Telnet, and other network protocols.
What's new in Kiwi CatTools?
To view the latest features and improvements for Kiwi CatTools, review the current release notes.
Get started with Kiwi CatTools
For information about downloading and installing Kiwi CatTools, including the system requirements and port requirements, see the Kiwi CatTools Installation Guide.
After you initially install Kiwi CatTools, all features are available during a 14-day trial period. When the trial period ends, you must enter a license key to continue to access the licensed features.
To upgrade to the latest version, see the Kiwi CatTools Upgrade Guide. When upgrading to the latest version of KCT, your devices, scheduled actions, and other configurations are preserved.
If you are new to Kiwi CatTools, see the Kiwi CatTools Getting Started Guide. This guide walks you through examples of common configuration tasks to begin using Kiwi CatTools.
See the following sections in the guide to learn more about:
- Configuring the devices to monitor and update with Kiwi CatTools.
- Creating scheduled activities to perform internal functions against monitored devices.
- Exploring the KCT menu interface.
- Exploring the KCT panes.
- Available options for notifying you of events that occur on a device.
- Creating custom scripts to add devices or activities to the user interface.
- Understanding the KCT API environments, classes, and limitations.
- Troubleshooting tips for resolving common issues.