Edit an NCM device template

If you need to modify an existing NCM device template, you can edit it using the interactive wizard or the XML editor.

Edit a device template with the interactive wizard

  1. Click Settings > All Settings.
  2. Under Node & Group Management, click Manage Device Templates.
  3. Select a device template, click Copy, name the copy, and click Save.

    You must copy and rename SolarWinds-provided templates because they are not editable. SolarWinds recommends copying and renaming any template before making changes because you might have applied the existing template to nodes.

  4. Select the copied template, and click Edit > Using Interactive Wizard.
  5. Use the Level and Group By lists to organize the node list.
  6. Select a node, and then click Next.

    SolarWinds NCM pulls the OID value from the properties of the node you select.

  7. Choose the scope of operation for this device template, and click Next.
  8. Verify and adjust Connection Profile and Device Template settings.
  9. Click Test, and click Next.
  10. Verify and adjust Download Command and Config Types settings.
  11. Set the config type to use in the download test, and click Perform Download Test.
  12. Click Next.
  13. Enter and adjust the Device Template and Assign Device Template settings, and click Finish.

Edit a device template with the XML editor

  1. Click Settings > All Settings.
  2. Under Node & Group Management, click Manage Device Templates.
  3. Select a device template, click Copy, name the copy, and click Save.

    You must copy and rename SolarWinds-provided templates because they are not editable. SolarWinds recommends copying and renaming any template before making changes because you might have applied the existing template to nodes.

  4. Select the copied template, and click Edit > Using XML Editor.
  5. If you want to modify an existing command, make changes as needed.

    For example, a device shows version information when you type show sys info. The current device command template includes:

    <Command Name="Version" Value="show version"/>

    The value needs to be changed to show sys info.

    The updated command is:

    <Command Name="Version" Value="show sys info"/>

    You can set up cascading templates by creating a series that targets slightly different OIDs. For example:

    1.3.6.1.4.1.9 = Cisco (All)

    1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.23 = Cisco 2507

    You can specify a specific device with a more exact OID, and NCM will try to find the closest match. In this example, if NCM is communicating with a device with a system OID of 1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.25, it uses the Cisco (All) template, but if the system OID is 1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.23, it uses the Cisco 2507 template.

  6. Click Save.

Confirm the device template is working

  1. Click My Dashboards > Network Configuration > Config Summary.
  2. Under NCM Node List, click a node to which you assigned the device template.
  3. On the node details page, click Configs on the left.
  4. Under Download Config, select a config type.
  5. Click Download.
  6. If the downloads succeeds, the device template is working as expected.