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Router config change notifications

Are there any ways for alerts to be generated, by the IOS or CiscoWorks, when a router's actual configuration has been changed?

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Re: Router config change notifications

Routers and Switches will generally create syslog messages any time there configuration changes.

By default these messages are simply sent to the console, but the router/switch can be setup to also send these messages to a syslog server.

Several freeware and commercial software packages can be used to monitor these syslog messages.

CSPM can be used to receive syslog messages from routers and firewalls.

Refer to: http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/ismg/policy/ver23f/audit/index.htm

CSPM as well as several other commercial software packages can be configured to send emails, pages, or execute custom scripts when certain syslog messages are seen.

To learn more about setting up the router for syslogging refer to:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/software/ios122/122sup/122debug/dbfintro.htm

An alternative approach would be to use SNMP messages. Cisco Works Device Fault Manager relies on SNMP messages for tracking network faults. It may have the ability to also track configuration changes being made, but I really don't know as I've never used Cisco Works.

If you want to read more refer to:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/rtrmgmt/cw2000/dfm/index.htm

So I would look around and find what fits your needs.

As for the IDS-42xx appliance, it has the ability to receive syslog messages from routers and generate IDS alarms for ACL violations. But it can not be configured to generate alarms when router configurations change.

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