Upgrading from ciscoworks 2.6

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I have been asked to take over our network management application. We have been using 2.6 (although nobody has used it in the last 14 months). In the process of learning the software i am doing some investigating as to whether or not we should upgrade to the current 3.1 version. We have between 1.5K and 5K devices.

My Question is - what are the benefits of upgrading to the new version?

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tedreese Fri, 08/29/2008 - 08:29

Funny you ask this I'm researching the same information as well. We are a little under 1000 devices. Other than 2.6 being end of sale/life I'm not seeing the advantages just yet.

Joe Clarke Fri, 08/29/2008 - 08:34

* SNMPv3 authPriv support

* Default and secondary (i.e. fallback) credential support

* Multi-protocol (ping sweep, ARP, HSRP, OSPF, etc.) discovery

* Configurable CiscoWorks homepage

* Dynamic (think: near real time) User Tracking updates

* Ability to acquire end hosts on trunk ports in User Tracking

* PSIRT/EOL inventory reporting

* Better switchport capacity tracking

* More voice quality features in IPM

* Reports can be emailed as attachments

* Support for the Health and Utilization Monitor add-on integration

* FTP support for SWIM

* VSS and modular IOS support

Joe Clarke Fri, 08/29/2008 - 10:37

That's why the eval may be helpful for you. You can install a fully-functional LMS 3.1 server for 90 days, and test it out on up to 100 devices. If you like the new features, you can purchase the license.

Any marketing material provided to you will only show you how it should work. The eval will tell you how it will work in your environment.


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