Documentation forNetwork Configuration Manager

Specify the SolarWinds TFTP server settings for NCM config transfers

When you install NCM, the SolarWinds TFTP server is automatically installed on the Orion server and on any additional polling engines (APEs). If TFTP (Trivial File Transfer Protocol) is used to transfer configuration files to and from your network devices, NCM uses the SolarWinds TFTP server.

A device's connection profile specifies what protocol NCM uses to transfer configs to and from a device. For more information about the protocols NCM can use, see Protocols NCM uses to transfer configurations.

Verify the TFTP server status and configure settings

Open the SolarWinds TFTP server application to verify that the service is running, view recent log entries, and configure settings to meet your organization's needs.

  1. From the <OrionInstallionDir>\TFTP Server folder, open the TFTPServer.exe application. The default location is:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\SolarWinds\TFTP Server\TFTPServer.exe

    The main window lists log entries for any recent activity.

  2. Click File > Configure.
  3. If the TFTP Server Service Status is Stopped, click Start.

    You can also control TFTP as a service from Administrative Tools and set the service to start automatically.

  4. Select Add TFTP Server to Windows System Tray to provide access to the right-click context menu from the system tray.

    The TFTP Server Root Directory displays the default file transfer directory, which was created during installation. NCM uses this directory for temporary file storage during a transfer. In most cases, there is no need to change the directory that NCM uses. However, if you do need to change it, you must change the TFTP settings in NCM.

  5. Click the Server Bindings tab, and then set the IP address from which the server will manage transfers.
  6. Click the Security tab, and set any relevant restrictions on transfers.
  7. Click OK.

View or change the TFTP server and storage directory locations in NCM

When you install NCM, the TFTP server and config transfer directory are set up automatically, and the TFTP Server Settings page reflects these default values. In most cases, you do not need to change the default values.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings.
  2. Under Product Specific Settings, click NCM Settings.
  3. Under Network, click TFTP Server.

    The TFTP Server Settings page shows the default settings for the SolarWinds TFTP server installed on your Orion server and any additional polling engines (APEs).

  4. If you want to manually enter each IP address, select Allow Me to Specify the IP Address of the TFTP Server. Otherwise, NCM automatically resolves each IP address via DNS.
  5. Verify the settings for the Orion server and each APE:

    • Under TFTP Server, most environments use the default value.

      When you install NCM, the SolarWinds TFTP server is automatically installed on the Orion server and on any APEs. The TFTP server on each APE is used to transfer configs to and from devices controlled by that APE.

      To change the default, select Allow Me to Specify the IP Address of the TFTP Server, and then enter the IP address where the SolarWinds TFTP server you want to use is installed.

    • Under Specify a config transfer directory, specify the location where configurations are temporarily stored during transfer.

      When you install NCM, the default config transfer directory is created automatically. If you change the default location, click Validate to verify that NCM can access the new location.

      To specify a shared directory, enter the network path and make sure that NCM has access to the directory.

  6. Click Submit to save the settings.