System network administration

8 Useful Free and Open Source Network Configuration Management Tools

Network configuration management (NCM) is a process that every device on the network is subjected to throughout its life cycle.

It spans over device discovery, inventory maintenance, configuration backup, monitoring configuration changes and compliance, tracking user activity and troubleshooting, by executing appropriate network operations.

Reduce cost, save work hours, and remain compliant.

We’ve compiled a list of NCM tools. They are all released under an open source license (in the case of rConfig only v3 is open source, its later edition is proprietary software).

Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source network configuration management tools

Let’s explore the network configuration management tools at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.

Network Configuration Management Tools
NetBoxSolution for modeling and documenting modern networks
rConfigAdvanced, modern and easy to use configuration management tool
OxidizedNetwork device configuration backup tool
NOCOSS system for ISP, service, content providers and enterprises
RANCIDReally Awesome New Cisco confIg Differ
phpIPAMWeb IP address management application
GestióIPAutomated web based IPv4/IPv6 address management
TriggerRobust network automation toolkit written in Python
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Patrick Sabatino
Patrick Sabatino
7 months ago

Cool stuff thanks