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What is DeviceExpert ?

DeviceExpert is a web-based, multi vendor network configuration, change and compliance management (NCCCM) solution for switches, routers, firewalls and other network devices. A trusted solution used by thousands of network administrators around the world, DeviceExpert helps administrators to take total control of the entire life cycle of device configuration management.

Features offered by DeviceExpert are classified into the following categories:

Configuration Management

Mutli-vendor Device Configuration Support :

Modern IT enterprises make use of network devices from diverse hardware vendors for different purposes. This makes the network quite complex and also complicates configuration management process. The network administrators have to spend a lot of time to manage the configuration of the devices. A unified network configuration management solution is needed to simplify administrators' job.

DeviceExpert provides an integrated solution for complete change and configuration management for devices from multiple hardware vendors. At present, DeviceExpert supports device models from the following vendors:

* Cisco
* HP
* Nortel
* Force10
* D-Link
* Juniper
* NetScreen
* Juniper
* NETGEAR
* Dell
* 3Com
* Foundry
* Fortinet
* ADTRAN
* Enterasys
* Huawei
* Extreme
* Proxim
* Aruba
* Blue Coat
* ALAXALA
* H3C
* Yamaha
* DAX
* Vanguard
* Allied Telesis

Configurations of devices such as switches, routers, firewalls and others from the above vendors could be retrieved from the devices, viewed, edited and uploaded to the device from a single, central web GUI.

Device Discovery :

Discovery, Device Groups & Inventory

Device configuration management starts with addition of your devices to the inventory. Enterprises have hundreds of devices and it would be a laborious task to add devices manually one-by-one. DeviceExpert provides discovery option to add SNMP-enabled devices in bulk in a single click. Other devices can be manually added or could be imported in bulk from a flat file.

DeviceExpert establishes communication with the devices via SSH / Telnet / SNMP. The configuration files are transferred from and to DeviceExpert using TFTP. It helps create a device inventory with all device details, hardware properties besides enabling you to view, label, edit and upload device configuration from a single, centralized web GUI. The inventory would be a powerful tool at the hands of the administrator allowing him to gather vital information of the devices being managed. Administrators gain visibility into the network and devices.

The devices in the inventory can be grouped based on any logical criteria - for example 'Cisco Router Group' containing all Cisco routers. Configuration operations such as backing up configuration, uploading configurations to devices and others can be performed on all devices of the group at one go.

Informative Inventory :

The list of devices added to DeviceExpert are presented in the form of an informative inventory in the GUI. In a single shot, you can view serial numbers, interface details, chassis details, port configurations, IP Addresses and hardware properties of the devices.

This would prove to be a powerful tool at the hands of the administrators enabling them to gain visibility into the network devices.

Encrypted Storage of Configuration & Centralized Control :

Device Configurations are sensitive data and if a malicious user gets hold of a device password, he could wreak havoc to the entire network. DeviceExpert stores device configurations in encrypted form in the MySQL database bundled with the product making the process very secure. Besides, there is also provision for SSH communication between DeviceExpert and devices.

DeviceExpert serves as a secure, centralized repository for device configurations. Administrators get access to configurations based on their roles and access restrictions. DeviceExpert retrieves configurations from devices whenever there occurs a configuration change. Configurations are versioned and stored in the database making configuration management easier.

Configuration Versioning & Comparison :

While working with configurations of devices, network administrators face the need for comparing any two versions of configurations. In multi-vendor environment, administrators often wish to compare the configurations of devices from two vendors for reference purpose. DeviceExpert satisfies this need by providing the option to compare any two configuration versions of same device or different devices.

The configuration difference is depicted side-by-side showing the changed lines in blue, added lines in green and deleted lines in red. Configurations are versioned and stored in the database and the DeviceExpert GUI provides option to select and view any particular configuration version. From the historical information, administrators can choose any to configuration versions and compare.

Baseline Configuration :

Whenever there happens a configuration change in a device, DeviceExpert automatically triggers a configuration backup. The backedup configurations are stored as incremental versions. Among the various configuration versions of a device, any trusted version can be lebeled as 'Baseline Version'.

Baseline version can be considered as the best working configuration version. It will enable administrators to rollback configurations to the baseline version in the event of a network outage.

Scheduling Configuration Backup & Other Tasks :

In enterprises with large number of devices, administrators find it difficult to manually carry out operations such as configuration backup, upload etc. They also wish to perform certain operations at regular intervals. DeviceExpert provides ways to automatically execute these tasks. The tasks can be scheduled for execution at the required time automatically.

Tasks such as

1. Configuration Backup
2. Report Generation
3. Custom Templates
4. Compliance Check

for a specific device or group of devices could be scheduled for execution at periodic intervals or for an one-time execution. The schedule can be created for a particular device or for a group of devices.

Role-based Access Control :

DeviceExpert deals with the sensitive configuration files of devices and in a multi-member work environment, it becomes necessary to restrict access to sensitive information. Fine-grained access restrictions are critical for the secure usage of the product. DeviceExpert provides role-based access control to achieve this.

DeviceExpert comes with three pre-defined access levels:

Access Level (Role)
*

Definition

Administrator
*

With all privileges to access, edit and push configuration of all devices. Only administrator can add devices to the inventory, add users, assign roles and assign devices. In addition, administrator can approve or reject requests pertaining to configuration upload (pushing configuration) by operators.

Power User
*

With privileges to access, edit and push configuration of specified devices. Can approve or reject requests pertaining to configuration upload (pushing configuration) by operators.

Operator
*

With privileges to access and edit configuration of specified devices. Can send requests for configuration upload (pushing configuration) to Administrators/Power Users.

By assigning proper roles and allotting devices, administrators can restrict access to device configurations among the users in the organization.

Approval Mechanism for Configuration Upload :

Uploading configuration changes to devices is an important task and requires due care and in-depth knowledge of configuration syntax. Faulty configuration changes could leave security holes. Hence, the security policy of many enterprises require certain types of changes carried out by certain levels of users to be reserved for review and approval by top administrators prior to the deployment of the changes.

DeviceExpert comes with three pre-defined access levels:

* Administrator
* Power User
* Operator

The users with the role administrator will have all privileges to access, edit and push configuration of all devices. 'Power Users' will have privileges to access, edit and push configuration of specified devices. Users with the role 'Operator' will not be allowed to push configuration changes to devices. If they want to modify the configuration, they can send requests for configuration upload (pushing configuration) to administrators, who will verify the changes and approve/reject the request.

Remote Firmware Upgrade / OS Images Transfer :

Firmware Upgrade & OS Images Transfer

Upgrading firmware, uploading/downloading of OS images are among the commonest operations performed by the administrators. DeviceExpert helps automate these tasks through the use of advanced script execution feature. Advanced script execution helps in executing a series of inter-connected commands on a device in command line. Apart from firmware upgrade, advanced scripts help in automating tasks such as configuring banner messages, resetting the passwords of devices etc.,

All these tasks can be performed on demand or can be scheduled for execution automatically at any future point of time.

All that you need to do is to create a small template containing the required commands and then execute the template for carrying out repetitive tasks for many devices, many times.

Change Management

Real-time Configuration Change Tracking

* Unauthorized configuration changes often wreak havoc to the business continuity and hence detecting changes is a crucial task. DeviceExpert monitors the managed devices continuously and detects configuration changes on real-time by listening to the syslog messages generated by the devices. The real-time change detection enables you to have better control over your network. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/real-time-change-tracking.html"

Change Management Rules & Notifications

* Once a configuration change in a device is detected, it is important that alerts are sent to those responsible for change management. In case, there occurs a network problem, this will help in finding out if the change done caused the problem. Apart from receiving alerts, you can define rules to manage the changes automatically. For example, you can set a rule to rollback the changes to the previous version or to the baseline version. More ...

Quick Restoration to Trusted Versions

* When a network outage occurs due to a faulty configuration change, administrators give top priority to get the network up and running again at the quickest possible time. Administrators can rollback the configuration to the Baseline version in no time and get the network running. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/change-management.html"

Compliance Management

Compliance Monitoring

* With increasing security threats to mission-critical network resources and serious legal consequences of information mis-management, enterprises everywhere are required not just to follow standard practices, internal security policies, stringent Government regulations and industrial guidelines, but also demonstrate that the policies are enforced and network devices remain compliant to the policies defined. DeviceExpert helps administrators to define and enforce standards. DeviceExpert will scan the configuration for compliance to the rules/ policy defined and report violations. Reports on policy compliance and violations are generated. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/quick-restoration.html"

Compliance Reporting

* DeviceExpert has provision for examining configurations for compliance on demand and automatically at regular intervals. Comprehensive compliance reports are generated. Detailed information on the devices that are compliant and the non-complaint are generated. In addition, in the case of violation, remediation tips are also provided. More ...."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/compliance-and-automation.html"

Automation & Tools

Automating Configuration Tasks

* DeviceExpert provides a high level of automation for all time-consuming and labor-intensive tasks. Quite often administrators wish to apply same set of changes to multiple devices for example, applying a security patch. DeviceExpert provides templates & scripts to carry out these tasks. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/automation.html"

Command Execution Tools

* DeviceExpert provides utilities and tools to execute various commands on the devices and display the output. For example, to view the Access Lists or VLANs of a device, administrators will have to just click a button in the GUI instead of manually connecting to the device in the command line interface. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/command-execution-tools.html"

Searching Devices, Configuration

* In enterprises having a large number of devices, there will be requirements to do a quick search for a particular device in the inventory. Sometimes, the configuration database needs to be searched for specific words, strings, phrases or a combination of these in device configuration files. DeviceExpert comes with a powerful search mechanism to facilitate these. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/searching-devices.html"

Database Backup & Disaster Recovery

* However robust the application may be, there should always be provision for a reliable disaster recovery mechanism. DeviceExpert provides option for taking backup of entire database and also offers scripts to do a quich disaster recovery. More ...."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/disaster-recovery.html"

Integration with External Identity Stores, Authentication Mechanism

* Enterprises generally rely on external identity stores such as Windows Active Directory or LDAP directory for maintaining user information and authentication. DeviceExpert can be easily integrated with the identity stores for importing users/user groups as such from them. Also, the authentication service provided by the external identity stores can be used, disabling the local authentication provided DeviceExpert. There is also provision for leveraging third-party authentication like RADIUS. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/ad-ldap-radius-integration.html"

Switch Port Mapper

* DeviceExpert provides the 'Switch Port Mapper' tool that helps network administrators identify the list of devices connected to each port of the managed switch. This eliminates the need for manually tracing the network cables. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/switch-port-mapping.html"

Audit & Reports

User Activity Tracking

* All actions performed by the DeviceExpert users are properly recorded as audit trails. Information on 'who' changed 'what' and 'when' can be easily deciphered. This will ensure accountability for actions in the organization. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/audit-reports-and-miscellaneous.html"

Reports on Inventory, Configuration Changes, Compliance

* DeviceExpert presents the information on the entire network configuration management process in the enterprise in the form of comprehensive, informative reports. The status and summaries of different activities such as device configuration details, changes in configuration, network inventory, conflict between startup and running configuration, device audit details, user activity, policy compliance details etc are provided in easy-to-understand formats, assisting the network administrators to make well-informed decisions on device configuration. More ..."http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/reports.html"

What you can do with DeviceExpert?

Manage Configurations
*5-star-rating

* Backup configurations, maintain history, compare versions & upload changes, all from a centralized web GUI. DeviceExpert completely eliminates the time-consuming practice of manually connecting to the devices via Telnet or SSH to manage configurations

Take Control of Changes

* Monitor configuration changes, get instant notifications & prevent unauthorized changes

Ensure Compliance

* Define standard practices and policies and automatically check device configurations for compliance. Get reports on compliance status and satisfy your auditors

Automate

* Automate all repetitive, time-consuming configuration management tasks

Audit

* Get complete record of who, what and when of configuration changes

Improve Network Visibility

* Get comprehensive reports on devices inventory, configuration changes and compliance

Improve Efficiency

* Ensure network uptime, reduce unplanned configuration changes, improve network security, increase overall efficiency

What problems does it solve?

* Analysis by IT experts have revealed that the commonest cause for most Network outages is faulty configuration changes. In IT enterprises, network administrators manage a large number of network devices and quite often they need to carry out unplanned configuration changes. As configuration changes have to be made almost continuously, administrators are struggling to keep track of the changes done to the configurations. In the face of network outages, it becomes difficult to troubleshoot. DeviceExpert helps maintain versions of device configurations in a secure, centralized repository and manage them from a single interface.
* Network devices are the crucial components of the enterprise and any unauthorized configuration change could wreak havoc on the network. Even when genuine configuration changes are done, the security professionals are required to ensure that the changes do not create any impact on the network security. DeviceExpert helps the network security professionals to take total control of the configuration changes.
* With increasing security threats to mission-critical network resources and serious legal consequences of information mis-management, IT managers everywhere are required not just to follow standard practices, internal security policies, stringent Government regulations and industrial guidelines, but also demonstrate that the policies are enforced and network devices remain compliant to the policies defined. DeviceExpert precisely helps in achieving this with ease.
* Automation is the buzzword in IT operations nowadays. IT Managers are always be on the look out for automating repetitive and time consuming tasks in order to reduce operations cost and improve productivity. DeviceExpert helps automate all configuration tasks and helps improve productivity.

What features does it offer?
Configuration Management

* Multi-vendor configuration for switches, routers, firewalls and other devices
* Discovery and manual addition of network devices
* Encrypted storage of device configuration in database
* Contextual, side-by-side comparison of altered configuration
* Role-based Access Control
* Firmware Upgrade / OS Images Transfer
* Scheduling Configuration Tasks

Change Management

* Real-time configuration tracking and effective change management policies
* Quick restoration to trusted configurations through a few simple steps

Compliance & Automation

* Provision for examining configurations for compliance to a defined set of internal / external policies and standards
* Templates for commonly used configurations
* Automation of device configuration tasks

Audit, Reports & Miscellaneous

* Detailed audit records capturing 'who', 'what' and 'when' of configuration changes
* Detailed reports on Inventory, configuration changes, compliances
* Integration with Active Directory, LDAP & RADIUS
* Provision for searching devices and configuration
* User friendly, web-based user interface
* Disaster recovery tools

What platforms/vendors/technologies does it support?

Platforms: Windows and Linux
Vendors: Cisco, HP, Nortel, Juniper, Force10, 3Com, D-link, Foundry, Dell, Aruba, Extreme, ADTRAN, Enterasys, Huawei, Blue Coat, Proxim, NetScreen, NETGEAR, FortiNet, ALAXALA, Brocade, Radware, DAX, H3C, Yamaha, Vanguard, Allied Telesis

System Requirements
Following table provides the minimum hardware and software configuration required by DeviceExpert:

Hardware :

Upto 50 Devices

* Single processor
* 512 MB RAM
* 10 GB hard disk space

From 50 to 200 Devices

* Single processor
* 1 GB RAM
* 10 GB hard disk space

From 200 to 500 Devices

* Single processor
* 2 GB RAM
* 20 GB hard disk space

More than 500 Devices

* Single / Dual processor
* 2 to 4 GB RAM
* 40 GB hard disk space
Operating Systems :

Windows 2000 Server / Professional
Windows Server 2003
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP 64 bit
Windows Vista
Windows 2008 Server
Red Hat Linux 7.2
Red Hat Linux 8.0
Red Hat Linux 9.0
Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1 & 3.0
Red Hat Enterprise Server 2.1 & 3.0
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (Woody)
Mandrake Linux 10.0
Suse Linux
CentOS

Web-Client :

HTML client requires one of the following browsers** to be installed in the system:

* IE 7 and above (on Windows)
* Firefox 2.0 and above (on Windows and Linux)

**DeviceExpert is optimized for 1024 x 768 resolution and above.

Free download from Shareware Connection - DeviceExpert is a web-based, multi vendor network configuration, change and compliance management (NCCCM) solution for switches, routers, firewalls and other network devices.

Publisher: AdventNet, Inc | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 5310 | Size: 30259 KB | Platform: Linux, Win2000, WinOther, WinServer, WinVista
Released Date: | Rating: 0 | Title: DeviceExpert

Author Url: http://www.manageengine.com
Program Info Url: http://www.manageengine.com
Download Url: http://www.manageengine.com/products/device-expert/58801372/ManageEngine_DeviceExpert.exe

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