What is ACM?

ACM is an Asset Configuration Management system. It is concerned primarily with collecting configuration and inventory information from devices on the network. It uses the open-source tool RANCID at the core.


Supported devices (at the time of writing):

agm
alteon
avocent
acme
alcatel
baynet
cat5
cisco
ciscoxr
css
enterasys
erx
extreme
ezt3
f5
force10
fortigate
foundry
hitachi
hp
juniper
mikrotik
mrtd
mrv
Netopia
netscaler
netscreen
procket
redback
riverstone
smc
tnt
zebra
cisco-nx


Configuring a device for backup

Devices are configured in the front-end of IRIS. Setting the Vendor field is important as it dictates which RANCID profile is going to be used to connect to the device and what authentication method(s) is going to be used.


To enable a device, select “Backup the config from this device” in the Edit Device popup.

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Config in the graphs browser

You will be able to see the config data in the graphs browser, once enabled.


Config in the Troubleshooter

You will also be able to see the relevant data in the troubleshooter.

Select Show Configuration on the left panel of the troubleshooter. Click on the tabs at the bottom of the screen.


What do I do if the config backup has failed?

You need to check the logs to see where the config backup has failed. If you are unable to determine why, contact Iris Support to run a low-level debug.


New in ACM 1.1/IRIS 1.2.2

Since ACM 1.1/IRIS 1.2.2, you are able to see the revision history in both the graphs browser and the troubleshooter.


You can also show differences in revisions by selecting two checkboxes. You can show the differences in-line or side-by-side. This is available in both the graphs browser and troubleshooter.


There is also a config diff widget available for User Dashboards.