Looking to backup configs of our Cisco devices using FTP

We manage a network of devices and would like to maintain a library of configs that are automatically backed up when they are changed on the end devices.

We are happy with the config on the remote and core devices and that they will trigger a config snapshot to be exported to a Server running Server 2012.

The question is whether we use FTP, we have tried this but it is very problematic and intermittant with Usernames and passwords.

We have also tried TFTP but again, a little problematic.

I would be very grateful for any advice or pointers.
Brian EdwardsSystems EngineerAsked:
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atlas_shudderedSr. Network EngineerCommented:
Why not look into a configuration manager like Solarwinds NCM?  The configs are backed up via ssh/telnet.
Ilídio AmaralCommented:
What problems are happening when using TFTP?
I used to manage a network with 80 plus routers and 800+ switches using the feature you described with TFTP without a glitch.
Mustafa Al HousamiNetwork and Security Consultant/CCIE #48377Commented:
there are several ways to backup your config:
- Use a management software such as solarwinds as Atlas said or Cisco prime if all your devices are Cisco
- Use secureCRT software and configure a script inside it to backup the config (log the session output) once you login into the device.
- Use TFTP (only recommended for LAN devices and not over WAN because it is UDP based!)
- Use FTP which will request a username and password: you can configure them in configuration mode on cisco devices:
device(config)#ip ftp username xxxxx
device(config)#ip ftp password yyyyy

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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Have you looked at Rancid?

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