Options for specifying NCM connection information
After you add a node for NCM for monitoring, you must specify the connection information that NCM uses to log in to nodes and perform tasks such as downloading configurations, performing firmware upgrade operations, or running scripts. This information is stored in each device's connection profile.
NCM provides the following options for defining connection information:
- Device-level login credentials
- Global connection profiles
- User-level login credentials
Device-level login credentials
The connection profile for each node specifies the values that NCM uses to connect to that node. Global variables can be used to define the default connection values for all nodes. They can be overridden for individual nodes.
For more information, see Configure nodes to use device-level login credentials for NCM connections.
Global connection profiles
A global connection profile defines a set of connection values that can be used by multiple nodes. You can define multiple connection profiles for different groups of devices. To apply a connection profile to a node, select it in the node's connection profile.
For more information, see Configure nodes to use global connection profiles for NCM connections.
User-level login credentials
User-level login credentials define a set of credentials associated with a SolarWinds Platform user account instead of a node. When a user logs in with a SolarWinds Platform account and performs an action in NCM, NCM connects to the node with the user-level login credentials associated with that user's SolarWinds Platform account.
User-level login credentials define only the Username, Password, Enable Level, and Enable Password. You must specify the value of other fields either manually or through global variables.
For more information, see Configure nodes to use user-level login credentials for NCM connections.