[Activity logging & archiving tool]

Alexei Roudnev alex at relcom.net
Wed Nov 26 06:20:18 UTC 2003

I created _Cisco repository_ about 1 year ago, using Expect, cvs and CVSWEB,
for free,  and since this, we did a few installation and are really happy
with it (we save all Cisco configs, including routers, 6509 switches, PIX-es
and this crazy VPN devices...). This is a simple tool, with the web
interface, allowing to save config (1 click and passphrase),
save many configs in 1 click, see change log, compare configs, send changes
to manager (I do not use it -:)) and so on.

It consists of:
- FreeBSD (which is main monitoring system - it is easierst system to
- Expect (port)
- standard FreeBSD tftpd in 'chroot IP' mode
- very simple web script
-  webcvs (port)
- apache (I use part of snmpstat installation)

(I am thinking about getting all our staff together as some kind of
priofessional service or consulting, with all components _opensource_, and
using knowledge _how to get it all together_).

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dan Lockwood" <dlockwood at shastalink.k12.ca.us>
To: "joshua sahala" <joshua.ej.smith at usa.net>; "Priyantha"
<priyantha at wightman.ca>; <nanog at nanog.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 12:53 PM
Subject: RE: [Activity logging & archiving tool]

If you are in a Cisco shop you might consider Secure ACS.  We use ACS to
log all of our changes and have very good success with it.
Unfortunately it is not free.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-nanog at merit.edu [mailto:owner-nanog at merit.edu] On Behalf Of
joshua sahala
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 11:45 AM
To: Priyantha; nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: [Activity logging & archiving tool]

"Priyantha" <priyantha at wightman.ca> wrote:
> In my company, there are several technical guys make changes to the
> existing network and  it's very difficult to keep track of what we did
> when, etc.

i feel your pain - except when it was happening, they weren't as
technical as they thought they were...

> I'm looking for a simple tool, in which each and every one has to
> manually record whatever (s)he has done or any incident (s)he observed
> so that the tool archives that data someway. Later, in case if someone
> needs, (s)he should be able to search for that archive by date, by
> person, by a random phrase, etc.

rancid (http://www.shrubbery.net/rancid) and
cvs-web (http://stud.fh-heilbronn.de/~zeller/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/)

rancid does nice proactive checking of device configs, and cvs-web is
a pretty front end to look through change history

for tracking:
request tracker (http://www.bestpractical.com/rt/) - it is a ticketing
system, but you could probably customize it to fit your needs

netoffice (http://sourceforge.net/projects/netoffice/) - haven't used
it personally, but it looks like it might work too

track+ (http://sourceforge.net/projects/trackplus/) - same as netoffice

of course, nothing will work unless everyone uses it, so you have to
have clear, concise policies for change management, and then enforce



> Any help in this regard is appreciated,
> Priyantha Pushpa Kumara
> ---------------------------------------
> Manager - Data Services
> Wightman Internet Ltd.
> Clifford, ON
> N0G 1M0
> Fax: 519-327-8010

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