[CentOS] OT: Managing change control in servers, LDAP, firewalls and switches question

Fri Jan 23 18:40:02 UTC 2009
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

Michael Grinnell wrote:
> Les Mikesell wrote:
>> Erick Perez wrote:
>>> Currently we manage several switches,firewalls and MS LDAP and Centos
>>> OpenLDAP installations.
>>> We are looking for a "man in the middle" or "framework" to manage
>>> change on our network devices and LDAP-based servers.
>>> We are looking into a similar solution (Quest Software does not have
>>> that for devices) to perform change and control on the routers,
>>> switches and firewalls.
>> There was a tool called pancho (http://www.pancho.org/) that claimed to 
>> to do automated router and switch management, but it seems to no longer 
>> be supported, and personally, I'd trust a person more than a script with 
>> that sort of job.  On the other hand, maintaining backup copies of 
>> configurations before/after changes is something very worthwhile and not 
>> difficult for anything that has text based configurations.  Just make 
>> sure that changes are copied back and committed to a central version 
>> control system like cvs or svn (which you can wrap with viewvc for easy 
>> display of history and changes).  A tool called rancid 
>> (http://www.shrubbery.net/rancid/) will automate this for many routers, 
>> switches and firewalls, and will also pick up any unexpected changes.
> Rancid is a great tool, and has worked well for us as a configuration 
> monitor and config repository.  Another new alternative that is similar 
> is ZipTie, now called NetworkAuthority Inventory 
> (http://inventory.alterpoint.com/).  For a pay solution, I believe 
> SolarWinds has some products.

If you are also doing SNMP monitoring of these resources, I believe 
OpenNMS has some degree of integration with ziptie and some is currently 
being added for rancid.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at gmail.com