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Can anyone recommend a good software package or appliance that I can use to centrally manage Cisco devices (switches, routers, firewalls, wireless, etc.)?

We have over 200 devices in locations around the world and it is a pain to manage them.  For example, our network manager just left and we had to change all of the enable passwords.  We had to log in to each device separately.

I was hoping there would be something out there that I can use to inventory our devices, put out configuration changes, and possibly software version too.

I've been looking at Cisco's CiscoWorks LMS, but it's not the most intuitive application to setup and use.

Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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Hi,

There are a few set of possibilites:

HP-OpenView                                www.hp.com
JFFNMS                                             www.jffnms.org
OpenNMS                                          www.opennms.org
Nagios                                             www.nagios.org
ZenOSS                                           www.zenoss.com
Cacti                                               www.cacti.net
MRTG                                             oss.oetiker.ch/mrtg
PRTG                                             www.paessler.com/prtg
Adventnet OP Manager                 www.adventnet.com
Adventnet Netflow Analyzer       www.adventnet.com
SolarWinds Orion                     www.solarwinds.com
Bandwidthd                               bandwidthd.sourceforge.net
Zabbix                                           www.zabbix.com
Ntop                                            www.ntop.org
CiscoWorks                               www.cisco.com
Observer                                 www.networkinstruments.com
AutoNOC                                        www.autonoc.com
IBM Tivoli                                     www.ibm.com
NAV                                           metanav.uninett.no
Netdisco                                 netdisco.org
ODCNMS                                       www.odcnms.org

If none suits you then please do let me know so that I tell you other options.

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The above are all NMS. To manage configurations you may use:

Kiwi Cat Tools

www.kiwisyslog.com/kiwi-cattools-overview/

For Inventory Management SpiceWorks is nice application:

www.spiceworks.com
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Thanks for the advice.  I'll have to play around with some of these options and see what works best for us.
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