Back up multiple switches config files?

Hi Experts,

Is there any tool (free/paid) which could  help me to backup my cisco switches/routers (50) automatically? or at least something that I can just click and download these configure files? I don't really like to use TFTP server and manually copy all the config files to it, one or two are ok but more than that I would prefer to use some other tools which can get the job done faster and easier.

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Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
Kiwi Cattools from Solarwinds

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Kiwi Cattools is good - also Solarwinds has another product call Network Configuration Manager (NCM) This product is nice too becuase not only you can backup configs from devices you can push configs, schedule jobs, etc.. from it as well..

You can schedule the configuration backup to be automatic using kron method.
Example from Cisco documentation::
This example is to save the running config to a TFTP server ( every Sunday at 23:00:

    Router(config)#kron policy-list Backup

             Router(config-kron-policy)#cli show run | redirect
             Router(config)#kron occurrence Backup at 23:00 Sun recurring
             Router(config-kron-occurrence)#policy-list Backup

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Garry GlendownConsulting and Network/Security SpecialistCommented:
You may want to look into Rancid, it's a pretty powerful package that does config backups (including keeping older versions of the configs). Also, there are tools that will use Rancid files to create report about changes, interface problems, etc ...
Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
@Garry-G:  Sounds like Cattools.  We have a change report emailed every morning for all changes made to our equipment from the previous 24 hours. We also maintain a dated copies of all configs for several years.
Nayyar HH (CCIE RS)Network ArchitectCommented:

You can also use Embedded Event Manager which is supported in recent IOS

EEM you are able specify what "events" (e.g. time of day or even a change in configuration) that will trigger different "actions" (e.g. email running config or tftp running config)

The advantage of this approach is you can configure your Network to react in Real-time

So you could configure an EEM applet to backup your configuration whenever a configuration change is made and/or at certain times of the day

Nayyar HH (CCIE RS)Network ArchitectCommented:

Support for EEM is from Cisco IOS Releases 12.0(26)S and 12.3(4)T and Later releases
SJCAAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, these tools are exactly what I need but they are a bit pricey, are there any free tools or cheaper which can do similar things? Thanks.
Steven CarnahanNetwork ManagerCommented:
Garry GlendownConsulting and Network/Security SpecialistCommented:
Rancid is free ...
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