You may already be familiar with Solarwinds Orion and their suite of tools that run on Orion, this is not the only useful product the company provides to network engineers. Not to be overlooked is another product called the Engineers Toolset. The engineers tool set is a portable suite of over 50 applications that are perfect for an engineer working in a network environment. Engineers toolset contains network monitoring utilities, log management utilities, an IP address management tool as well as DNS and DHCP tools. It also contains network discovery tools including a MAC address discovery tool, a port scanner and an SNMP scanner, just to list a few. While there are far too many applications to discuss in just a single post I’ll focus simply on the IP Address Management tool for now.
I was recently engaged in a consulting project in which the customer had a number of subnets with IP addresses on them, some assigned by users and some assigned by rogue DHCP servers. Frankly, the customer did not know what IP addresses were in use on their network. Using Toolset, specifically the IP address management application, I quickly scanned a subnet and had a list of IP addresses that I could provide the customer.
Using IP Address Management
When you first launch Toolset you’re presented with a Quick start menu. You’ll note in the figure below that IP address management is listed in this quick start menu and that it’s one of Solarwinds most used tools.
You can visualize Toolset in the same way you would a physical toolbox. Inside of a toolbox there are a number of tools that you remove from the toolbox when you need them. This is similar to how you use Toolset. When you click the launch button for a tool, a separate application window opens. In the figure below you can see the default screen of IP address management after it is launched.
Clicking the “New” button allows you to add a subnet name, subnet address, and subnet mask. This is seen in the figure below. Clicking the OK button immediately launches a scan of the defined subnet.
You can use the drop-down filter to see all of the uses or available addresses on the network.
From there you can export or print the list of addresses, which is exactly what I did for my client. The export options includes CSV files, text file, HTML, Excel spreadsheet, and Adobe PDF among others. And while there is an IPAM application that is part of Solarwinds Orion, IP Address Management is sufficient for a consultant who is traveling with a laptop and working on various customer networks.
To find out more about Toolset and obtain a free trial visit http://solarwinds.com.
While the software used in writing this post was provided by Solarwinds, Global Config Technology Solutions, Inc. was not paid or influenced in writing this post.