CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials (RME) 4.3 is the cornerstone application of CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS). CiscoWorks RME provides lifecycle management of Cisco® network devices. Designed to reduce human error and eliminate many of the manual tasks associated with maintaining a network, CiscoWorks RME helps make Cisco networks the most manageable and available in the world.
CiscoWorks RME is a suite of tools for simplifying the administration of a Cisco network. Its capabilities include:
• Inventory management
• Device configuration management
• Baseline compliance checks
• Software image management
• Change-audit services
• Syslog analysis
New Features in RME 4.3
CiscoWorks RME 4.3 contains the following features:
• Port grouping functionality that provides an easy way to create customized port groups based on various attributes of a port such as the port name, description, speed, type, neighbor, and so on. Once these groups are created, you can deploy configuration commands on these sets of ports through the NetConfig feature of RME. The following are the predefined port-level configuration templates:
– Power over Ethernet Configuration
– Catalyst Integrated Security Features Configuration
– Auto SmartPorts Configuration
– Generic/Adhoc Configuration
• Improved scalability in CiscoWorks RME 4.3
• Support for In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) on VSS
• End-of-sale/end-of-life report for software images
• Improved flash cleanup during image upgrade
• Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) and external FTP server support for selected device types in image distribution workflow
CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials Features and Benefits
The basic purpose of CiscoWorks RME is to simplify network operations and to dramatically increase operational efficiency. CiscoWorks RME can automate software updates and configuration changes, reduce human error, and track changes in the network.
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials.
Table 1. Features and Benefits of CiscoWorks RME
Device inventory management
Ability to build a quick and complete network inventory of operational Cisco devices
Device configuration management
Management and deployment of configuration changes and software image updates to multiple devices
Device change management
Monitoring and reporting on hardware, configuration, and inventory changes
Graphical user interface and usability
• New lightweight HTML-based GUI for higher performance
• Redesigned workflows for improved usability and performance
• Secure communication between the client browser and CiscoWorks LMS server through Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol
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• Secured upload and download of device configurations from server devices through Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol and SCP
Integration with Cisco Secure Access Control Server
Integration with Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS) for granular user-role definitions and secured device views
Device Inventory Management
The CiscoWorks RME Inventory Manager builds and maintains an up-to-date device hardware and software inventory. Table 2 lists the features and benefits of CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials Inventory Manager.
Table 2. Features and Benefits of CiscoWorks RME Inventory Manager
Comprehensive device inventory
Provides a current inventory database of Cisco devices, from the low-end Cisco routers to the high-end Cisco GSR 12000 Series Switches. The inventory database provides detailed information on device attributes, such as chassis type, interfaces, software version, memory, Flash characteristics, and more.
• Provides a wide range of reporting capabilities from high-level summary reports to detailed device-level reporting that can be scheduled and exported.
• Users can select a wide range of inventory attributes to create custom report templates. The templates can be applied to devices in the network to identify and report on devices fitting the template criteria.
• Advanced reports that includes:
• PSIRT reports to ascertain security vulnerabilities that could affect the devices running Cisco IOS® Software in your network
• End of Sale/End of Life Report on hardware to ascertain the end-of-sale and end-of-life details that affect the devices and modules in your network
• End of Sale/End of Life Report on software images to ascertain the end-of-sale and end-of-life details that affect the images running in your network
Flexible user settings
Allows administrators to set up flexible polling and collection schedules to maintain an up-to-date inventory of all Cisco devices in the network.
Graphical user interface and usability
• New device-grouping capability allows users to create groups based on a wide variety of device attributes to facilitate easier device selection.
• Devices not yet on the network can also be easily added. These devices will be "selectable" in the device selector, and tasks can be scheduled on these devices.
Export of device information
• Provides a command-line interface (CLI) to extract detailed device-inventory information in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format.
• Database access to selective set of information maintained by RME.
Device Configuration Management
The CiscoWorks RME Device Configuration Manager maintains an active archive and simplifies deployment of configuration changes to multiple devices. It consists of four subcomponent utilities: Configuration Archive, NetConfig, ConfigEditor and Baseline Compliance.
Table 3 lists the features and benefits of CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials Device Configuration Manager.
Table 3. Features and Benefits of CiscoWorks RME Device Configuration Manager
Configuration Archive utility
• Maintains an up-to-date archive by automatically identifying and storing changes to configuration files.
• Supports configuration-file searching to simplify locating specific device configurations and configuration attributes.
• Identifies differences between running and startup, two different versions of configurations on the same device or different devices, model configuration of one device, and latest configuration of multiple devices.
• Allows users to choose a device and its version of configuration and download the configuration to the device from the Configuration Archive application.
• Offers the ability to create a configuration template per device family and compare the template file to the configuration in the archive to identify compliant and noncompliant devices.
• Provides CLI command to extract the running configuration from devices in XML format.
• A new wizard-based approach to simplify and reduce the complexities and time associated with deploying global changes in the network.
• Performance and scalability are significantly improved over previous versions of CiscoWorks RME.
• Capability for configuration changes to be performed against multiple switches or routers in the network; changes can be downloaded immediately or run as scheduled operations.
• Templates provided by Cisco that simplify the configuration-change process for the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) community, TACACS, syslog, SNMP trap destinations, Cisco Discovery Protocol, Domain Name System (DNS), Embedded Event Manager, Smart Call Home, Generic Online Diagnostics, SmartPorts, Auto SmartPorts, Power over Ethernet, and many others.
• Flexibility in pushing CLI changes out to the network through user-defined templates that are published to an authorized user or group of users for execution.
• Support for downloading and uploading device configurations using secure protocols such as SSH Protocol and Secure Copy Protocol (SCP).
• Support for configuration management for devices across Network Address Translation (NAT) boundaries.
• Ability for operators to specify username and password (including enable password) for devices selected for the job, during job creation (function is also available in ConfigEditor).
• A powerful web-based editing facility for modifying and downloading configuration changes.
• Improved workflow, allowing multiple users to modify configuration file of the same device.
• Masked user and access credentials in configuration files, for improved security.
• Ability for operators to specify username and password (including enable password) for devices selected for the job, during job creation.
Baseline Compliance utility
• Supports creating baseline configuration templates that are associated with device types.
• Flexible and powerful baseline rule definitions using regular expressions.
• Automates baseline compliance check across multiple devices and provides summary on compliance status.
Software Image Manager
The CiscoWorks RME Software Image Manager greatly simplifies the version management and routine deployment of software updates to Cisco routers and switches through wizard-assisted planning, scheduling, downloading, and monitoring of software updates. CiscoWorks RME Software Image Manager automates the many time-consuming steps required to upgrade software images while reducing the error-prone complexities of the upgrade process. Built-in links to Cisco.com correlate the Cisco online information about software patches with Cisco IOS Software and Cisco Catalyst® software deployed in the network, highlighting related technical notes. New planning tools, also linked to Cisco.com, find system requirements and send notification when hardware upgrades (BootROM, Flash RAM) are needed to support proposed software image updates.
Table 4 lists the features and benefits of CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials Software Image Manager.
Table 4. Features and Benefits of CiscoWorks RME Software Image Manager
• Ability for users to select an image and appropriate devices, followed by job scheduling. This new workflow reduces the amount of time it takes to create a job (especially if the image to be deployed is known) by eliminating the "Image Recommendation" phase.
• Ability for users to optimize bandwidth utilization by storing the image to be deployed on a router's Flash memory and "instructing" the devices to retrieve the image from the router.
• Device and image combination safety checks before distribution.
• Performance and scalability are significantly improved over previous versions of CiscoWorks RME, including the ability to download different images to multiple device types simultaneously.
• Contains enhanced web-proxy support for improved Cisco.com connectivity.
• Provides robust software-upgrade analysis for Cisco devices.
Software image library and auditing
• Performs Cisco device software image audits and library synchronization.
• Uses Cisco.com to report on software defects and available patches that affect devices and images in your network.
Software image distribution
• Distributes single or multiple images to devices in a single deployment operation.
• Supports software image management for devices across NAT boundaries.
• Provides remote staging and distribution, which support the use of an external TFTP or FTP server (for selected device types) as the staging server to distribute images to devices.
• Improved flash clean up during image distribution.
• Provides software-update analysis reports showing prerequisites and impacts of proposed updates.
In addition to the features listed in Table 4, CiscoWorks RME Software Image Manager:
• Supports upgrades of both active and standby supervisors for the following devices: 76xx, Cat6k IOS Chassis, Cat4500 IOS chassis, and 10K routers.
• Supports a software image management CLI to list software images available in the Software Image Management Repository as well as to export images from the Software Image Management Repository.
• Supports reboot immediately after the image download if followed by the new reload task to the candidate devices.
• Has support for modular Cisco IOS Software on VSS, Cat6000 with Sup 32/720, and Cat7600 with Sup 32/720 to incrementally add features or apply bug fix patches without requiring a full reimage of the operating system on the device.
Change Audit Service
The CiscoWorks RME Change Audit tool provides a central point where users can view network changes. Summary information is easily displayed, showing the types of changes made, by whom, and when. Further, the nature of the changes is identified quickly through detailed reports (cards added or removed, memory changes, configuration changes, and so on). In organizations with policies defining when changes should be made to the network, Change Audit provides an exception summary, highlighting changes made outside the approved time window.
Table 5 lists the features and benefits of CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials Change Audit Service.
Table 5. Features and Benefits of CiscoWorks RME Change Audit Service
Network change auditing
• Provides a comprehensive audit of network changes reported chronologically
• Records who changed what, when, and how
• Identifies network changes made during critical network uptime
• Offers change-report filtering using simple or complex sort criteria
The CiscoWorks RME Syslog Analyzer filters syslog messages logged by Cisco switches, routers, access servers, and Cisco IOS firewalls, displaying explanations of probable causes and recommended actions. It uses embedded Cisco IOS technology to provide detailed device information. Its reports are based on user-defined filters that highlight specific errors or severity conditions and help identify when specific events occurred (such as a link-down or a device reboot).
Table 6 lists the features and benefits of CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials Syslog Analyzer.
Table 6. Features and Benefits of CiscoWorks RME Syslog Analyzer
Aids in troubleshooting network issues
• Speeds troubleshooting by displaying critical error patterns over time
• Summarizes syslog events by severity or user criteria for switches, routers, Cisco IOS firewalls, and Cisco PIX® firewalls
• Separates unwanted messages with user-definable filters
• New syslogs portlets for quick monitoring
• Supports selective filtering of remote syslog collectors, allowing only wanted messages to be sent to the CiscoWorks RME server
• Launches user-defined scripts based on when a particular syslog severity message is received
• Significantly enhances performance and scalability compared to prior releases of CiscoWorks RME, including the ability to process a larger number of incoming syslog messages per second
Please refer to the CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution 3.2 product data sheet, under the Product Literature section at http://www.cisco.com/go/lms, for specific hardware and software server and client requirements.
CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials is part of the CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS). CiscoWorks LMS is available for ordering through regular Cisco sales and distribution channels worldwide.
Using the Cisco Lifecycle Services approach, Cisco and its partners provide a broad portfolio of end-to-end services and support that can help increase your network's business value and return on investment. This approach defines the minimum set of activities needed, by technology and by network complexity, to help you successfully deploy and operate Cisco technologies and optimize their performance throughout the lifecycle of your network.
For More Information
For more information about the CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials application, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/lms, contact your local Cisco account representative, or send an email to the product marketing group at firstname.lastname@example.org.