Network Configuration Manager allows you to create and save reusable configuration commands (known as templates). These templates can be as small as a single config line, or as large as a complete configuration file.

When creating a template you can designate variables in which the user can supply a value (for example, password, IP address, DLCI, host name, or community string). These variables can be of the following types:  

  • String - allows any alphanumeric character

  • Integer - designates that only numbers can be entered in the field

  • IPv4 Mask - can be a subnet mask or a wildcard mask

  • IPv4 Addresses - can be any valid IP address

You can further define what the user can enter into the variable field using validation rules. For example, when creating a variable for a password, you might wish to set a minimum and maximum value for the number of characters allowed.

You can create available values, which enables the user to select from a predefined list of values. This is useful, for example, when creating a template variable for Management router IP addresses.

There are many benefits to creating variables within your templates, including:

  • Reduced errors

  • Increased user entry speed through the use of predefined lists

  • Flexibility when creating templates