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Manual Chapter: Searching and comparing configurations
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About searching and comparing configuration data

When you use Enterprise Manager™ to save UCS archive configurations, you can easily compare configurations between devices and view the differences between them. You can also search devices for specific configuration elements.

Searching UCS archives for specific configuration elements

You can search all configuration files to find particular objects or settings for any managed device in your network.

Tip: When you search for a specific configuration file element, you filter the results after all matching objects are found. If you have a large number of managed devices, the search time may be lengthy. To reduce the search time, you can limit the search to a specific device or set of configuration files by typing a character string in the Matching Objects field above the Matching Objects list before you type a word in the Keyword field. Then, when you click the Search button, the system looks at only the configuration files listed in the Matching Objects list.
  1. In the navigation pane, click Enterprise ManagementConfigurations. The Search Configuration screen opens.
  2. In the Keyword field, type an alphanumeric string of characters for the term you want to search for in each configuration file.
  3. Click Search. The Matching Objects display the configuration files that contain the string you typed.
  4. In the Matching Objects field, type a term on which to filter the results and click the Filter button.
  5. Click the name of the configuration file displayed in the Matching Objects list to view its contents.
  6. To clear the configuration file list, click Reset.

Comparing device configurations

Comparing UCS archives help you locate differences between configurations can help you troubleshoot issues, or help you identify required changes.

Tip: In addition to comparing two stored configurations, you can also compare the current configuration for a device to an archived UCS configuration for that device, or to a current or stored configuration for another device. Although you can compare current configurations for devices, it is a best practice to create a UCS rotating archive schedule for each managed device in your network.
  1. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Tasks. The Task List screen opens.
  2. For the Configuration Archives setting, select Compare Archive.
  3. Click the Next button.
  4. From the Device List, you can select a group of devices to narrow the number of devices displayed.
  5. From the Device list, select the device that contains the configuration that you want to compare. The Configuration Archives table refreshes to display configurations associated with the device that you selected.
  6. In the Configuration Archives table, select the configuration name that you want to compare to another configuration.
  7. Click Next.
  8. From the Device list, you can select another device as a source or you can leave the source the same to compare another stored UCS archive to the previously selected UCS archive.
  9. In the Configuration Archives table, select the configuration that you want to compare to the previously selected configuration.
  10. Click Next.
  11. Review the task and make any necessary changes.
  12. Click Start Task. If File Not Found displays in the Comparison column, it indicates that the system did not detect the file at the specified location, or the file does not exist. Check the path and file name if you did not expect this result. The Task List Properties screen opens. When the Progress setting displays as finished, the screen refreshes to display details in the Task Summary table.
  13. To view additional settings, select Advanced from the Task Properties list.
  14. To filter the Task Summary table, select an option from the Summary Filter list. The Task Summary table refreshes and displays the results based on the filter that you selected.

Modifying configuration comparison settings

When you perform an archive comparison task, Enterprise Manager™ compares certain configuration files by default. You can use this procedure to modify the list of files, or add additional files to compare.
  1. On the Main tab, click Enterprise Management > Options > Archives. The Archive Options screen opens.
  2. To add a file, in the File Name field, type the name of the additional configuration file that you want Enterprise Manager to compare during an archive comparison task.
  3. Click the Add button.
  4. To remove a file, for the Files to Compare setting, click the name of the file and click the Remove button.
  5. When you have finished making modifications, click the Save Changes button.
Enterprise Manager compares the archive files you selected to compare, during the archive comparison task.
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