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rConfig Update - November 2013

Thats right! rConfig has passed the 1000 download mark. I am absolutely delighted with this milestone and in some ways cannot believe it made it this far. rConfig was released on 14th December 2012 and has a nice steady growth rate to this point, nearly a year later. With the release of rConfig version 2.0, came some new and exciting features as voted for by the rConfig community. Also a few weeks after version 2.0 was released I considered it to be a stable rev. What does that mean? It means that the first iteration of a major release was bug free. Now, how many times do you see that in the industry.

That said, there is still work to do, and some of you guys have been actively engaged with me to get some features added and add support for new manufacturers of networking equipment. Over the month of December I plan to spend more time on rConfig development.

I have also spent some time this month installing a demo version of rConfig on the website. This is accessible via a registered login. It means you and your friends can check out the rConfig UI before you download it. It has some limitations but it should give those of you who have not used rConfig before a general feel for how it works. http://www.rconfig.com/demo

If you wish to make a donation to the project, you may do so by logging on to www.rconfig.com with your credentials. The Paypal ‘donate now’ button is on most pages, but you will easily find it on the ‘about’ page. You can also support the project by purchasing Custom Support under the support section. Installation and Premium support options are available if you need help installing rConfig or troubleshooting any issues. You can also have specific/ custom features added for the Premium Support option also. Donations will be used to support the project directly for example hosting fees and developement environement fees.

Remember to keep the feedback coming, either to me directly or on the rConfig forums.

Happy Networking!!

Regards

Stephen Stack

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rConfig v2 released

Its been a few months since I ran a poll on rconfig.com to decide the next major feature to be added to rConfig. The rConfig community at that time decided on both the 'Bulk Configuration Update' and 'Configuration Policy Check' features in a tie situation. I chose 'Configuration Policy Check' for the tie breaker.

I am very pleased to announce the immediate release of rConfig v2. The main feature addition to rConfig v2 is the Configuration Policy utility. There are several other bug fixes and minor enhancements from the stable 1.2.5 release - most of which were requested by various users of rConfig on the forums and via email.

rConfig v2 can be installed in 2 ways. The first and most straightforward is a standard installation using the guides already available in the 'support >> guides' section of rconfig.com. The second is by utilizing the built-in update feature. More details on this below.

Please look over the release notes when downloading rConfig v2 to familiarize yourself with the fixes and enhancements covered in this release. As always with any new major software release, treat the installation of rConfig on your production systems with care. Be sure to take backups of your current installation before installing the latest version using the rConfig backup tool in the settings section. Extensive beta testing was carried out with rConfig v2 to ensure a high quality release.

To use the built-in update feature, just launch the rConfig dashboard and watch the version checker under the main logo on the top right hand corner of the page. The rConfig server needs to be able to access www.rconfig.com to check automatically for the latest version. You will need to download the v2 zip file from www.rconfig.com before starting the update process. When the check has completed you will see a hyperlink to update. Click the link and follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade to v2.  

When the installation is complete the first thing you may notice are some menu changes. Some items were moved around a little to accomodate the Compliance Policy sections. Please review the help files for information on the Compliance Policy management utility and other new features.

As always, thanks for choosing open source software and using rConfig - Network Configuration Management, for your network device configuration archive and compliance needs. rConfig is for the network engineering community so should be driven by the community.

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ACE TCL Probe Timestamp of HTTP Page

A unique and specific requirement came my way a while back that I'd like to share. Although Cisco ACE is going EOL, they are not gone yet, so i guess some may find this useful. I was asked could an ACE probe a HTTP page for it's timestamp and fail the probe if the timestamp of said file had changed.

The fundemental requirement was that if the timestamp of this one file kept changing then the application had an issue and therefore the ACE VIP should be taken out of service or perhaps HTTP traffic was to be diverted to a maintenance page.....

https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-35211

 

rConfig update - May 2013

Hi All,

This month’s rConfig update is going to be a little brief. Busy as ever so I have not had much timer to prepare a lengthier update. I do want to keep you all informed as to the progress of rConfig V.2.

When I conducted a Poll a few months back to ask you guys what new feature you would like to see in rConfig. It was a tie between either 'Bulk Configuration Update' or a 'Configuration Policy Check'. I have prototyped the 'Configuration Policy Check' and that will be the major feature for rConfig V.2. I have plans to add some other minor features as requested by some users of rConfig and also some bug fixes and enhancements. I am excited and looking forward to launching rConfig V.2.

I have some beta testers lined up and my plan right now is to launch rConfig V.2 by the end of June.

Be sure to keep an eye on the update area on the Dashboard page for new versions of rConfig. This will allow you to download and install them automatically.

 

As always, thanks for choosing open source software and using a Network Management Utility like rConfig for your network device configuration archive needs. I am looking forward to working up the new features in rConfig. rConfig is for the network engineering community so should be driven by the community.

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rConfig update - April 2013

Welcome to the March 2013 installment of the rConfig update. It's been a bumper month for rConfig; 82 downloads this month and 40 user new registrations. What does this mean for you? Well it means the rConfig user community is growing; a growing community means more feedback and more features, as requested by you.

In February I conducted a survey to ascertain from rConfig users what new major feauture they would like to see in rConfig 2.0. The verdict was tied between either 'Bulk Configuration Update' or a 'Configuration Policy Check'. I am still in the prototype stages of both. It's been a busy month for me with lots of personal and professional projects in progress. I expect to have a working prototype of one or the other requested features by the end of the May. Stay tuned!

rConfig Tip

rConfig is a free, open source Network Configuration Management utility to assist Network Engineers in the backup, archive and management of network device configurations. In this months tip I'd like to review the config search function of rConfig.

rConfig's search function is coded to use the grep utility from the Linux OS. Why? If you have used grep or the linux CLI to search for text in lots of files you will know how fast it is. I will demonstrate this shortly. It is significantly quicker than iterating through hundereds or thousands of files using a loop in PHP.

In this example I wanted to find any instance of the IP address '192.168.2.1' across all of my configurations under the 'router' category. I also wanted to know what device and interface the IP address was configured on.

Launch the Search Page and fill in the form as follows.

searchForm

You may choose a specific device if you wish, but for this example I did not select an individual device, instead choosing to run the search across the entire 'routers' category. Also the 'Optional Parameters' selection allows me to select the number of leading or trailing output lines to display. For my search I also want to know what device and interface the IP address is configured on. The Device is displayed by default with a convenient link to the devices details page. To output the interface details; I know that if my interface is configured with an IP address, it also has a description. Selecting '2' lines 'Leading' means the result will display the 2 lines preceeding the search term match. Hence the Interface, description and IP address will be displayed for me. See results below.

searchResults

In this case, we are just looking at the search result, but there can be many more. You can see how using the grep utility is lightening fast; 650 files were searched in 0.74 of a second.

You will also note that for each output of the matched search text, the two preceeding lines were printed to the output also. Useful? I thought so.

As always, thanks for choosing open source software and using a Network Management Utility like rConfig for your network device configuration archive needs. I am looking forward to working up the new features in rConfig. rConfig is for the network engineering community so should be driven by the community.

As always, send any bugs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephen Stack

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