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.
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.
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.
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
2. Select “New Job” -> Smart Change
3. Enter a Job name and click Ok.
4. In the job editor, paste in some Netflow boilerplate commands.
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 ...
6. Create a “Choice" of interfaces for the user to select from …
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.
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.
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
As of 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
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
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