We are also looking into ways to manage configs and keep inventory of WLCs/LAPs and to monitor them. We already use Tivoli NetView for monitoring and CiscoWorksfor inventory keeping and config management/backup etc and would like to integrate WLCs/LAPs into our existing setup. We also have some autonomous APs that we monitor/manage by our existing infrastructure. We may still upgrade our existing WLSE (not used at the moment) to WCS but want to keep using our existing system for the lightweight stuff as well. This question must have been posed lots of times before but I can't find any mention of it anywhere on Cisco site let alone any solution. Could somebody help please? Thanks!
Have you looked at AirWave's AMP product? This has extensive reporting and monitoring capabilities for IOS and LWAPP APs, much more than the WCS, which is really a good configuration tool and not much else.
Bear in mind that this architecture implements some functions in the AP itself and others in the controller. Thus you must interact with both components to gain enough context to administer the system. The controller provides the interface through command line or SNMP (most functions) that allows complete administration capability. So you can look into SNMP-based products - commerical and otherwise, that can use the Cisco-supplied MIB in some form.
Now, WCS offers the distinct advantage that it knows of context for the individual SNMP operations; Airwave also offers benefits because it was designed to manage wireless systems (multiple vendors products). They both use SNMP to communicate and manage the system.
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