Network configuration management
Network configuration management definition
Network configuration management is the process of monitoring, maintaining, and modifying the configuration of devices connected to a network. Network configuration management is usually carried out by network administrators or network engineers using specialized software known as “network configuration managers.”
Network configuration management activities
- Discovery: Identifying network devices, their current configurations, and their interconnections. Discovery can be performed manually (physically inspecting the devices) or automatically (using tools such as network scanners or discovery software).
- Backup: Periodically creating backup copies of network device configurations to restore them in case of failure. These backups may be stored locally or in the cloud.
- Auditing: Analyzing configurations so that they are compliant with security policies, best practices, and industry standards, typically using specialized auditing tools.
- Tracking: Monitoring configuration changes to detect unauthorized alterations and configuration drift.
- Automation: Using software tools to automate the configuration process to reduce the risk of errors and save time. For example, this may involve using apps to update the configuration of multiple devices at the same time.
- Reporting: Generating reports on network configuration status, changes, and compliance. These reports provide network administrators with valuable insights into network performance and security, often helping identify areas for improvement.