[nsp] Suggestions on Versioning Control

Adam Debus adam-lists at reachone.com
Tue Nov 18 13:23:52 EST 2003

We use RANCID (http://www.shrubbery.net/rancid/), which works very well for


Adam Debus
Network Engineer, ReachONE Internet
adam at reachone.com
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Joel M Snyder" <Joel.Snyder at Opus1.COM>
To: <cisco-nsp at puck.nether.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 9:43 AM
Subject: [nsp] Suggestions on Versioning Control

> > Does anyone have any good suggestions on a system for versioning for
> > config files? I don't particularly see anything that cisco can do to
> > make it work, but i think maybe some custom perl scripts + cvs might
> > work pretty well, but I wish I could have it track every change rather
> > than daily changes. Any ideas?
> I'm surprised that no one has mentioned CiscoWorks.  It does a pile of
> stuff, most of which we ignore, but it also handles this task very very
> well.  It sucks down configs periodically all on its own, plus it
> listens to your SYSLOGs and pulls configs whenever someone changes them.
>   It's good at watching uptime and general system health.
> There are a bunch of other features, like the ability to execute
> configuration commands on a bunch of devices simultaneously (want to
> change your NTP server everywhere...).
> They have Unix (Solaris, I think) and Windows versions, and we run it on
> a retarded Windows box which is too small to be marketable to customers.
> One of the nice things about it is a blame feature: you can see who made
> what diffs, assuming you hand out usernames, and then see who to blame
> when something breaks.
> I strongly recommend it.
> jms
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