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Don't backup your Running-Config!

Well, actually do backup your running configuration, but theres so much more data to backup from your network devices using rConfig. 'Show Running-config' is one of many show commands that you use frequently to understand the operating functionality of your network devices. See below where I have outlined a list of other commands you may use. 

show running-config
show arp
show mac-address
show cdp neighbors
show ip ospdf neighbors
show ip route
show ip bgp summary
show run | section bgp
show run | include address

The above commands are primarily taken from Cisco IOS devices CLI, but you get the point. Imagine how much time we could save in troubleshooting issues if we capture all this data and more? What the first question you (should) ask when troubleshooting an unexpected network outage? What Changed, and when? So, often we will find that the running config itself does not change during an issue, but perhaps some prefixes were removed from the routing table due to link flaps, or a CDP neighbor went down due to a power issue on the remote device. We would like to be able to see what that prefix or neighbor was last seen by the network device we are working on. 

We can add any of the above commands and more to the 'commands' section in rConfig. 

config backup article 1

We can see above that individual commands can be linked to one or multiple categories for execution and backup of the output of that command. Lets see and example of the output.

config backup article 2

In the above output we can see a number of configuraiton files for each downloaded command for this device are downloaded for each task on every configured scheduled task date/time. This allows us to easily go back and review the contents for 'show logging' commands, 'show ip route' output and so on...

config backup article 3

When you click a filename from the devices page, you open the above popup window which displays the 'show' command output. You can download the output to a txt file for offline processing also by clicking the top right download icon. 

As you can see its more than useful to set up your categories of devices, and related commands to download important state information from all of your network devices on a frequent basis. You may even want to define a baseline, I have included a template below form which you can start building your best practice backups of Network Devices.

Edge Routers show runn Once Daily @ 0100
show start
show ip route
sh cdp neigh
show ip access-list
show ip osp neigh
show ip bgp summ
Core Routers show runn 4 times Daily @ 0300, 0900, 1500, 2100
show start
show ip route
sh cdp neigh
show ip access-list
show ip osp neigh
show ip bgp summ
show ip bgp  
Show mac-address
Campus Switches show runn Once Daily @ 0200
show start
sh cdp neigh
show ip access-list
Show mac-address
DC Switches show runn 4 times Daily @ 0400, 1000, 1600, 2200
show start
sh cdp neigh
show ip access-list
Show mac-address
show inventory
show ip route

 

Download template from here

 

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