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Network Scripting

I was wondering where everyone stood on for scripting to manage a network (primarily focusing on network devices like switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, DNS hardware, etc)

From people in my personal circles there was tons of answers for TCL.  A couple for CATTOOLS from solarwinds.  Others said VBS was they best way to go.  I am curious where the cisco community support forums members stand on scripting.

When you want to do something via scripts what do you use?  Why?

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Re: Network Scripting

I've used all 3 you mentioned and each has it's place (IMO). I use VB with SecureCRT to do things like grab all the configs at smaller sites. CATTools does the same thing, but I find VB more flexible. TCL is fantastic, but not supported on all devices. I primarily use it to perform local device functions such as email the config when changes are made (when I'm working at a customer site). My favorite tool is Solarwinds NCM. Tons of features, easy to use and pretty reliable.

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