Documentation forNetwork Configuration Manager
Managing network configurations is a key capability of Hybrid Cloud Observability Advanced and is also available in a standalone module, Network Configuration Manager (NCM). Hybrid Cloud Observability Advanced and NCM are built on the self-hosted SolarWinds Platform.

Example NCM command script with variables

The following script contains commands with variables to remove the public read-only community string:

no snmp-server community public RO

Parsed for Cisco IOS devices:

config terminal
no snmp-server community public RO
write memory

Parsed for a Dell PowerConnect Switch:

no snmp-server community public RO
copy running-config startup-config${CRLF}${CRLF}

The ${CRLF} variable equals a carriage return line feed for all devices.

Define script variables

Script variables are defined in device command templates. You can create new device templates or edit existing custom templates.

Each device template contains a System OID that is used to uniquely identify a device. A list of command names, and the corresponding commands to be sent to the device when the command name is called, are also included in the templates. These command names are the variables used when creating a script.

Consider the following line taken from the Cisco IOS device command template:

<Command Name="EnterConfigMode" Value="config terminal"/>

When a script is run on a Cisco IOS device, the variable ${EnterConfigMode} parses as config terminal. New command names can be added and existing command names can be modified within these files.

Reference variables with variables

The script engine also allows you to reference variables with variables. For example, you can define a complex variable in the device template:

ShowInt = running | include interface

Then define another variable that includes the first:

Reveal = show ${ShowInt}

When you call ${Reveal}, it equals show running | include interface.