Cisco IOS XE Configuration Fundamentals Configuration Guide, Release 2
Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement
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Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Table Of Contents

Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Finding Feature Information

Contents

Restrictions for Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Information About Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Cisco IOS XE Software Configuration Storage

Benefits of the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

How to Configure the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Configuring the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Configuration Examples for the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Configuring the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement: Example

Verifying the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement: Example

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

MIBs

RFCs

Technical Assistance

Feature Information for Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement


Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement


First Published: March 2004
Last Updated: May 4, 2009

The Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement feature assists configuration management by enabling faster collection of running configuration file information. This feature is especially useful in managing large networks with numerous interfaces configured.

Finding Feature Information

For the latest feature information and caveats, see the release notes for your platform and software release. To find information about the features documented in this module, and to see a list of the releases in which each feature is supported, see the "Feature Information for Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement" section.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco IOS XE software image support. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.

Contents

Restrictions for Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Information About Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

How to Configure the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Configuration Examples for the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Additional References

Feature Information for Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Restrictions for Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

The device on which the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement feature is used must have enough memory available to store (cache) a large interface configuration file. For example, if the interface configurations take up 15 KB of memory, using this feature would require having an additional 15 KB of memory space available.

Information About Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Before enabling the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement feature, you should understand the following concepts:

Cisco IOS XE Software Configuration Storage

Benefits of the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Cisco IOS XE Software Configuration Storage

In the Cisco IOS XE software configuration model, the configuration state is maintained in a distributed manner, with each component storing its own configuration state. To retrieve configuration information, the software must poll every component to collect the distributed information. This configuration state retrieval operation is performed by a process known as nonvolatile generation (NVGEN), and it is used by command-line interface (CLI) commands such as show running-configuration, write memory, and copy system:running-configuration to display or copy the running system configuration. When invoked, NVGEN queries each system component and each instance of interface or other configuration objects. A running configuration file is constructed as NVGEN traverses the system performing these queries.

Benefits of the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Before the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement feature was introduced, NVGEN always had to query the entire system and could generate only a total configuration. The time required to process the running configuration creates performance problems for configuration management, because completion of the NVGEN operation can take many minutes.

The Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement feature reduces the execution time for NVGEN processes and is especially useful for managing large configuration files that contain numerous interface configurations. This feature provides faster execution of commands that process the running system configuration by caching interface configuration information in system memory, and by retrieving only configuration information that has changed.

How to Configure the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

This section contains the following procedure:

Configuring the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement (required)

Configuring the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Perform this task to enable the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. configure terminal

3. parser config cache interface

4. end

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command or Action
Purpose

Step 1 

enable

Example:

Router> enable

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

Step 2 

configure terminal

Example:

Router# configure terminal

Enters global configuration mode.

Step 3 

parser config cache interface

Example:

Router(config)# parser config cache interface

Reduces the time required for the CLI to execute commands that manage the running system configuration, especially for large configuration files.

Step 4 

end

Example:

Router(config)# end

Exits global configuration mode and returns to privileged EXEC mode.

Configuration Examples for the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

This section provides the following examples:

Configuring the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement: Example

Verifying the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement: Example

Configuring the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement: Example

The following example shows how to enable the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement feature:

Router(config)# parser config cache interface

Verifying the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement: Example

You can verify that the parser config cache interface command has been enabled by checking for the command in the system configuration file displayed when you enter the show running-configuration EXEC command.


Note The first time you display the configuration file, you will not see much evidence of improvement in performance because the interface cache will be filled up. However, you will notice performance improvements when you enter subsequent NVGEN-type commands such as the show running-configuration EXEC command.

Each time the interface configuration of an changes, the cache of the specified interface is flushed. The other interface data remains cached as before. Entering an NVGEN-type command after modifying the interface configuration will once again not show much evidence of improvement until the next NVGEN-type command is entered.


Router# show running-configuration
!
!
parser config cache interface
!
!

Additional References

The following sections provide references related to the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement feature.

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

System configuration file management

"Managing Configuration Files" module in the Cisco IOS XE Configuration Fundamentals Configuration Guide

System configuration file management commands

Cisco IOS Configuration Fundamentals Command Reference


Standards

Standards
Title

None


MIBs

MIBs
MIBs Link

None

To locate and download MIBs for selected platforms, Cisco IOS XE releases, and feature sets, use Cisco MIB Locator found at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/go/mibs


RFCs

RFCs
Title

None


Technical Assistance

Description
Link

The Cisco Support website provides extensive online resources, including documentation and tools for troubleshooting and resolving technical issues with Cisco products and technologies.

To receive security and technical information about your products, you can subscribe to various services, such as the Product Alert Tool (accessed from Field Notices), the Cisco Technical Services Newsletter, and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds.

Access to most tools on the Cisco Support website requires a Cisco.com user ID and password.

http://www.cisco.com/techsupport


Feature Information for Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Table 1 lists the features in this module and provides links to specific configuration information.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and software image support. Cisco Feature Navigator enables you to determine which Cisco IOS XE software images support a specific software release, feature set, or platform. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.


Note Table 1 lists only the Cisco IOS XE software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given Cisco IOS XE software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that Cisco IOS XE software release train also support that feature.


Table 1 Feature Information for the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement Feature 

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

The Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement feature assists configuration management by enabling faster collection of running configuration file information. This feature is especially useful in managing large networks with numerous interfaces configured.

In Cisco IOS XE Release 2.1, this feature was introduced on Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers.

The following sections provide information about this feature:

Information About Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

How to Configure the Configuration Generation Performance Enhancement

Commands associated with this feature:

parser config cache interface

parser config partition

parser cache