How to Use IP Address Manager to Monitor and Manage IP Addresses on Your Network

0
12
How to Use IP Address Manager to Monitor and Manage IP Addresses on Your Network

This post will teach you how to use IP Address Manager to track and manage IP addresses on your network. Solarwinds Inc, an American firm that provides network and system management services, developed the tool. So, let us begin.

Installation

First, go to the Solarwinds website and download the tool. To do so, click here and then ‘Download Free Trial.’ You can use the tool for 30 days for free. IP Address Manager is a premium solution for tracking IP addresses, managing devices linked to your network and preventing network failures. Install the utility as follows:

  1. Get the utility from the URL.
  2. Locate and run the downloaded file. It will extract the essential files and then start the installation wizard.
  3. On the first prompt, select Lightweight Installation. Click Browse to modify the installation directory.
  4. On the Pick Product page, click Next and select IP Address Manager.
  5. Reply with “I accept the licensing terms.”
  6. Wait for Orion Installer to finish installing the utility.
  7. After the installation, the Configuration Wizard will automatically launch.
  8. Wait for the end. Be patient.
  9. Then click Finish.
See Also:  What is the best way to keep track of Hyper-V resources?

Finding Network Devices

Now that IP Address Manager has been installed, it’s time to start discovering our network devices. SolarWinds Orion Web Console allows you to engage with IPAM and administer your network. When you finish the configuration wizard, the Orion web interface opens in your browser. If it doesn’t, just type YourIPAddress:Port or Hostname:Port. The default port is 8787. You can also visit the web console by typing localhost:8787.

  1. When you enter the web console, it will ask you to generate an admin password. Enter a password and click Save.
  2. Now you’ll be transported to the Discovery page. If you are not prompted, go to Settings > Network Discovery. Start.
  3. You can discover your network using an IP range, a subnet, IP addresses, or the Active Directory Controller. Just click Add and fill in the blanks.
  4. To check for changes and updates on existing nodes polled by an agent, click Next on the Agent page.
  5. If your network devices use community strings other than public or private, click ‘Add New Credential’ on the SNMP page. You can also use SNMPv3 if you provide the facts. Next.
  6. Click Add New Credential and fill in the relevant data to discover non-SNMP Windows devices on the Windows page. Next.
  7. If you are discovering Windows devices, select WMI as the polling method. Choosing WMI does not exclude SNMP; it simply prioritizes WMI over SNMP. Setup monitoring manually after devices are found and click Next.
  8. When prompted for Discovery Settings, leave them alone and click Next.
  9. On the Discovery Scheduling page, select the discovery frequency.
  10. Then click Discover. Wait for the end.

Adding Found Devices

After the search, add the identified devices to the IP Address Manager. How to:

  1. After the finding, the Network Sonar Result Wizard appears. Select your devices and click Next.
  2. Types of Volumes to Import
  3. Then preview the devices to import. Click Import when you’re done.
  4. Wait for the Import to finish and then click Finish on the Results page.

Adding IPs from a Spreadsheet

You may also use an excel spreadsheet to import IP addresses. How?

  1. Go to My Dashboard > Subnets and IP Addresses.
  2. Select Import> Spreadsheet.
  3. To import a spreadsheet, read the page and then click Next.
  4. Click Browse to find the file. Then click Next.
  5. IP Address Manager recognizes the columns in your spreadsheet file and asks whether you want to import more. Only IPAM fields are recognized in your spreadsheet. After that, click Next.
  6. Addition of Subnet columns on Subnet matching page. It would help if you informed IPAM what to do by selecting an option. Next.
  7. The spreadsheet is now displayed, with any errors highlighted in red. You must correct them and re-import them. To add a custom column, select Add Custom Property. Choose the type and save.
  8. Next, hit Import.

Track and Manage the IP Addresses

After entering IP addresses or subnets from a spreadsheet, it’s time to start tracking and controlling your IP addresses. Go to My Dashboard > IPAM Summary. There will be networks and IP addresses.

See Also:  How to Use the Network Config Generator to Generate Configuration Files?

User Questions:

How do I manage IP addresses?

IPAM (IP Address Management) manages DNS and DHCP, the network services that assign and resolve IP addresses. IPAM is a way of planning, tracking, and administering a network’s IP address space.

An IP management tool is a

DNS and DHCP address information can be translated by IPAM software. It automates most of the labor of managing IP addresses and puts it all in one place.

The IP address manager

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) manages the IP address pool, while Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) get huge blocks of addresses from IANA.

DDI in networking

It stands for DNS, DHCP, and IPAM (IP Address Management) integration. DDI is the essential network function that supports all IP-based communications.

What is DHCP vs. IPAM?

The networks listed under Data management -> DHCP are those “served” by an Infoblox DHCP server. Data Management -> IPAM shows both controlled and unmanaged networks. Unmanaged networks are anything not served by an Infoblox server.