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Re: Little survey: What do people use to backup configurations ?

  • From: mdevney
  • Date: Sat Feb 03 03:44:46 2001

On Fri, 2 Feb 2001, Adam Rothschild wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 02, 2001 at 04:34:47PM -0800, Ulf Zimmermann wrote:
> > A while back when I was at SGI, I wrote my own scripts, using expect
> > and tftp to backup configurations of Cisco routers. Configs then
> > were put into rcs. Now before I am resurecting those scripts again
> > for my current job, what are people using to backup equipment,
> > things such as Cisco routers (26xx, 36xx, 72xx, 75xx, MSFC, RSM) and
> > Cisco Catalyst switches (2924XL, 3548XL, 4000, 5000, 6500) ?
> I'm using RANCID <> to handle this, and
> ViewCVS <> on a https+auth protected
> server to allow non eng types to peep the configs.
> Overall, I'm quite content.  The only area where it falls short is its
> inability to show what users made what configuration changes, and
> precisely when.
> If anyone has a good means of doing this (by editing router
> configurations off-line, automagically and/or by hand, and then
> committing 'em via expect script?  Tailing TAC+ command logs, and
> generating diffs accordingly?  Something else I'm overlooking?), and
> is willing to share their source, I'd be most appreciative.
> -adam
...Or, on the low-budget side, a former employer once had a rule: "Always
conf net, never ever conf t."  One of the advantages to that was, all
configs were caught in our nightly backup of the tftp server.  Config
files were under SCCS (essentially the same thing as rcs or cvs).  

Matthew Devney

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