Network Solutions  Carrier Solution Features

Net LineDancer is designed especially to meet the management needs of large scale networks like MSPs and data centers. Below is a list of some of the features tailored to these large deployments

SmartBridge - Besides enabling support for overlapping IP spaces, the SmartBridge allows network operations to occur geographically closer to the devices under management.

 

SmartChange - SmartChange templates for running unique commands against devices all at once, created with a point and click interface, supporting per-device value parameterization, and Excel spreadsheet import and export.

 

Terminal Proxy - allows users to SSH into netLD, followed by "jumping" into inventory devices with automatic login and full session recording.

 

SMARTBRIDGE handling overlapping subnets - Option

Place a SmartBridge at each of your locations and they will all be managed centrally from the core netLD server. This enables management of devices with duplicate (routing domain) IP addresses, and reduces the bandwidth between the remote network and the core netLD server.

 

Distributed Architecture
SmartBridge takes charge of processing configuration backups and performing changes and transfers only detected changes to the core server. Using the SmartBridge greatly simplifies managing devices across NATs and discrete networks in a secure fashion.

 

Uniform Management
Since everything is stored in the core server, no information is lost in the case of trouble on the SmartBridge and only the core server needs to be backed up.

 

Software Update
When the core server's software updates, all of the SmartBridges that are linked to the core server will automatically be updated as well.

 

SMARTCHANGE applying unique change to multiple device at one time

Net LineDancer provides a parameterized template based mechanism for running set of changes against devices. This allows you to easily create a template of commands to run against large number of devices where each device has minor differences in the commands to run. SmartChange can also be reused for commands that must be run more frequently but whose values change each time the changes need to run. This greatly simplifies things like mass password or access list changes.

 

An example of creating a custom Smart Change to enable Netflow on router interfaces.

1. Go to the Job Management tab

Net LineDancer Network Configuration

 

2. Select “New Job” -> Smart Change

Net LineDancer Network Configuration

 

3. Enter a Job name and click Ok.

SmartBridge Network

 

4. In the job editor, paste in some Netflow boilerplate commands.

MSP Net LineDancer

 

5. Now let’s parameterize some of the contents to create a tool. Highlight a fragment to create a replacement, then click on the + button ...

MSP Solution
MSP Solutions
MSP Net LineDancer

 

6. Create a “Choice" of interfaces for the user to select from …

Net LineDancer Configuration

 

7. Use the same value for both the “interface" command and the “flow-export source” by highlighting the target, and then dragging and dropping from the list of replacements.

Net LineDancer Network

 

8. Save the job and close the editor.

 

9. On the Devices tab, select a device(s), and from the Smart Change menu choose your new tool.

Network Configuration made easy

 

10. Fill in your desired data and execute.

 

It’s that simple.
There are of course many other features of Smart Change, such as exporting an Excel spreadsheet where many devices and values can be populated and then imported to execute a mass change, etc.

 

TERMINAL PROXY allowing you to login device automatically

From version 12.03, NetLD provides an SSH server that can be used for easy, secure terminal access to all of the devices in your inventory. All interactions through this proxy are logged and searchable including information such as who, when, which device, and what commands have been run.

 

INTEGRATION WITH NMS

Net LineDancer integrates network monitoring and management systems with notifications for any configuration changes, backup failures, and any detected compliance violations. This easily allows you to correlate monitor activity with actual changes that have happened on the network.

DATA EXPORT & IMPORT

Allows users to export data from netLD, edit it, and then import it back into netLD. Some available import and export features are:

 

* import and export the device inventory including all configurations
* import device credential configuration
* export tool result output
* import and export bulk updates settings
* import Cisco PnP* configuration (optional)
*Zero-Touch has changed the name to Cisco Plug and Play from Net LineDancer ver.14.06.

 

CUSTOM FIELDS allowing you to create and edit 5 columns for unique sortings

Custom Fields

Each device has a set of custom fields that allows association of additional information with each device in the inventory. These fields are completely searchable and read and write access to each field can be configured for each user.

 

USER ACCESS CONTROL


Net LineDancer has user-defined roles based on a granular permission system that allows you to easily manage access for each user.

 

REPORTING FEATURE providing complete hardware inventory including slot and daughter cards

Net LineDancer can create reports on devices, inventory, configurations, and more. Separate reports can easily be created for each of your customers' networks as well as specific subsets of your inventory.

 

ADVANCED DEVICE SEARCH

Advanced Devices Search

Provides the ability to run cross-cutting searches across the various device inventory fields.

 * IP address, Hostname
 * Backup Status(Success/Failure)
 * Date when changes occurred
 * Device Tags, Custom Fields
 * Vendor, Model, Version, Serial Number