Release Notes for Ipswitch WhatsConfigured v3.1
In this File
v3.1 Service Pack 3 (v3.1.3) October 8, 2015
v3.1 Service Pack 1 (v3.1.1) June 27, 2013
v3.1, May 16, 2013
Introducing WhatsConfigured v3.1
WhatsConfigured enables effective management of one of the most critical assets on your network—device configurations. As a fully-functioning network configuration tool, WhatsConfigured automates the key configuration and change management tasks required to maintain and control configuration files for networking devices, reducing the risk of network outages caused by misconfigured devices. Network managers can leverage this automated configuration to reduce the amount of time spent ensuring their network devices are configured correctly, freeing valuable time.
WhatsConfigured is built around an automated task execution engine that allows network managers to dynamically gather configuration data about their network devices through configuration tasks. These configuration tasks can be scheduled to run on a regular basis or can be manually ran as needed to upload, download, and backup configuration files, manage device credentials, and much more. WhatsConfigured comes with several pre-defined configuration tasks with the option to create custom tasks.
With support for heterogeneous networks, WhatsConfigured provides secure SNMP, SSH, Telnet, SCP, SFTP, or TFTP access, to download and store device configuration files in a secure repository, keeping them readily available for file compares and restoration on a device.
WhatsConfigured not only reduces the time and effort required to maintain device configurations and changes while providing increased security, compliance, and visibility, it also reduces the risk of costly network downtime.
In this release
WhatsConfigured 3.1 includes the following new features and updates:
- WhatsConfigured 3.1 can now be installed on systems running in FIPS mode.
- WhatsConfigured 3.1 fully supports discovery and management of native IPv6 devices, native IPv4 devices, and dual-stack IPv4/IPv6 network environments.
- Devices with IPv6 IP addresses are now discovered and have corresponding IPv6 address information displayed in the Device Categories tree, the Device List, and the Device Categories Viewer.
Device Categories View
- Device Categories tree node can now display device names alongside device IP addresses. Users set this display in the Application Settings () dialog.
- The tab now has an IPv6 Address row if a device has an IPv6 address.
- The Device List now has a hidden-by-default column for IPv6 addresses. Users can show this column for devices with IPv6 addresses by right-clicking the column header and clicking the column name.
Libraries and Settings
- Added support for SCP (Secure Copy) and SFTP (SSH/Secure File Transfer Protocol). The (previously TFTP Server Settings) dialog now includes tabs for SCP and SFTP servers and clients.
- Added the ability to filter by devices with IPv6 addresses.
- Added two new secure upload scripts (SecureUploadStartupConfig and SecureUploadRunningConfig) that use either SCP or SFTP to upload startup config and running config files to devices.
Configuration uploads and restorations
- Added the option to securely restore and upload device configuration files by selecting the option on the Restore Confirmation and Configuration Upload Confirmation dialogs.
Custom Script Language
- The WhatsConfigured Custom Script Language has been updated to include several new variables and two new commands for secure file transfers.
- Added the Startup/Running configuration difference report which gives visual representation of the differences between device Startup and Running configuration scripts.
New in WhatsConfigured v3.1 SP1 (v3.1.1)
For more information about the WhatsConfigured v3.1 SP1 (v3.1.1) release, see the WhatsConfigured v3.1 SP1 Release Notes.
New in WhatsConfigured v3.1 SP3 (v3.1.3)
For more information about the WhatsConfigured v3.1 SP3 (v3.1.3) release, see the WhatsConfigured v3.1 SP3 Release Notes.
WhatsConfigured runs on several 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems. The following is a list of the Windows operating system and release requirements for WhatsConfigured:
- Windows 7 Ultimate
- Windows Server 2008 SP2
- Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
- Windows Vista Ultimate (SP2 recommended)
- Windows Vista Business (SP2 recommended)
- Windows Server 2003 Standard SP2
WhatsConfigured can also run on 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machine environments.
: If WhatsConfigured is hosted on VMWare ESX, ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, to avoid licensing issues, make sure that you assign a static MAC address to the virtual machine that on which WhatsConfigured is operating.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Extended/Full version is required:
If you are installing WhatsConfigured plug-in for WhatsUp Gold, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Extended/Full version is included in the install.
If you are installing the WhatsConfigured standalone application, you must install Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Extended/Full version before installing WhatsConfigured. Find the most recent version of Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Extended/Full version to download on the Micosoft website.
2 GHz or more
Hard drive space for application
Network interface card
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
Required if installing from CD-ROM. Not required for download installations.
Required if installing from CD-ROM. Not required for download installations.
Video display resolution
1280 x 1024 or higher
1024 x 768
VLAN Manager supported devices
WhatsConfigured VLAN Manager has been qualified on and supports devices from the following vendors:
- HP Procurve
- Dell PowerConnect
WhatsConfigured VLAN Manager also supports other 802.1q compliant devices; to inquire about a specific device, contact your Ipswitch account manager.
Installing WhatsConfigured 3.1
To install WhatsConfigured:
: The install file may include the product serial number at the end of the file name. If it is included, the serial number will automatically activate the application at the end of the install process. If the serial number is not included, you can manually activate the application. For more information, see Activating WhatsConfigured.
- Launch the WhatsConfigured installation program by double-clicking the downloaded executable provided in either the email sent to you from Ipswitch or in your account on the WhatsUp Customer Portal.
- Read the welcome screen. Click . The License Agreement dialog appears. If you accept the terms of the license agreement, select I accept the terms of the license agreement.
- To print a copy of the license agreement, click . The license agreement is sent to the default printer.
- If you do not accept the terms of the license agreement, click to exit the installation program.
: To view the WhatsConfigured User Guide, click . To view the WhatsConfigured Release Notes, .
- Select the installation directory for the WhatsConfigured application files.
The default path is
. We recommend that you use the default path.
: The Program Files directory name may vary if on a 64-bit system. For example,
Program Files (x86)
You can install WhatsConfigured to a different location. To select a different location, click .
After you select the installation directory, click . The Ready to Install dialog appears.
- Click . The setup program installs and configures WhatsConfigured.
- When installation completes, the InstallShield Wizard Complete dialog appears.
- Click . The setup program closes.
Backing up the WhatsConfigured configuration
To backup your current WhatsConfigured configuration:
- Log in to the machine where WhatsConfigured is installed and navigate to the
- Copy the
directory to a temporary location on the machine on which WhatsConfigured is to be installed.
- If you want to maintain your discovery information, save a copy of your discovery files to the machine on which WhatsConfigured is to be installed.
- If you have associated any images with custom device categories, copy these images to a temporary location on the machine on which WhatsConfigured is to be installed.
Restoring the WhatsConfigured configuration
To restore the WhatsConfigured configuration:
- Restore your configuration.
- Log in directly to Microsoft Windows using the Administrator account on the server you want to upgrade to WhatsConfigured.
: If you do not have an account called Administrator, use an account that has full administrative privileges to the computer.
- Navigate to the location where you stored the backup of the
- Copy the backup copy of the
directory to the
: This will overwrite the current
directory with the backup copy of the
directory. When prompted by the operating system, accept this overwrite.
- Restore any custom device category images.
- Navigate to the Device Category Configuration dialog (). The Device Category Configuration list appears.
- Select the Device Category to which you want to restore the image, and click . The Device Category edit dialog appears.
- Click the button and browse to the location of the image, then click . The image appears in the Device Category Configuration dialog.
- Click . The Device Category Configuration dialog closes.
- Click . The Device Category list closes.
- If you want to connect to a remote WhatsUp Gold server, update the WhatsUp Gold Server Endpoint Library to ensure connectivity between WhatsConfigured and WhatsUp Gold.
: When you restore your WhatsConfigured configuration, you may need to modify your network to allow for connection between WhatsConfigured and the WhatsUp Gold Server Endpoint.
- Navigate to the WhatsUp Gold Remote Servers list ().
- Click to create a new WhatsUp Gold Server Endpoint, or Select a WhatsUp Gold Server from the list and click to edit an existing <WUG> Server connection. The New / Edit WhatsUp Gold Remote Server dialog opens.
- Make the necessary changes to the Remote Server.
- . Enter the name you want to associate with the remote WhatsUp Gold server.
- . Enter a description of the remote WhatsUp Gold server.
- . Enter the hostname or IP address of the remote WhatsUp Gold server.
- . Enter the port which the remote WhatsUp Gold server will listen for connections from WhatsConfigured.
- Click . The New/Edit WhatsUp Gold Remote Server dialog closes. The new or edited WhatsUp Gold server appears in the WhatsUp Gold Remote Servers List.
- Click . The WhatsUp Gold Remote Servers list closes.
If WhatsConfigured is installed using the installation application downloaded from the web link provided in the purchase confirmation email, the program is fully functional immediately after installation.
If the WhatsConfigured license is not automatically activated during installation, you can manually activate WhatsConfigured using the activation program in the Ipswitch group on the Windows Start menu.
To activate WhatsConfigured manually:
: Before you start the manual activation process, make sure that you have your product serial number available to use in the activation program.
- Click . The activation program appears.
- or -
If you run the WhatsConfigured console at the end of the installation, it displays an Invalid License dialog. Click to start the license activation process.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the product activation.
: When the activation is complete, a confirmation page indicates the license has been activated. If the activation does not complete successfully, you may be behind a proxy or firewall that is blocking the activation request. In this case, click , then follow the screen instructions.
For more help and information about licensing, go to the WhatsUp Customer Portal.
You can un-install WhatsConfigured by un-installing from the Windows system Control Panel, or by using the WhatsUp Setup setup program.
To uninstall WhatsConfigured:
- Start the un-install program:
Navigate to the Windows system Control Panel, select WhatsConfigured from the program list and click . The Setup dialog prompts you with the following question, "Do you want to completely remove the selected application and all of its features?"
- or -
- Run the WhatsUp Setup. For more information, see Running WhatsUp Setup. On the Install Options dialog, select the WhatsConfigured product option, then click .
: The WhatsUp Setup program detects any currently installed Ipswitch WhatsUp branded software and determines which installation options are available (, , or ). This information is displayed to the right of the product name and version.
- On the License Information dialog, select , then click .
- On the Installation Summary dialog, ensure that the currently installed version of WhatsConfigured is displayed as the product selected for repair or uninstall, then click . The Welcome dialog of the WhatsConfigured Installation program appears.
- Select to uninstall WhatsConfigured.
: Select to reinstall all program features installed by the previous setup.
- Click . The un-install program runs. The Uninstall Complete dialog appears.
- Click. The setup program closes.
At this time, there are no known issues in WhatsConfigured version 3.1.
Finding more information
- . This guide describes how to use the application out-of-the-box. It is also useful if you want to read about the application before installing. View or download the User Guide from the WhatsUp Gold web site.
- . The console help contains dialog assistance, general configuration information, how-to's that explain how to use WhatsConfigured's features. The Table of Contents is organized by functional area, and can be accessed from the main menu or by clicking in the WhatsConfigured dialogs.
- . For a list of current and previous guides and help available for WhatsUp Gold products, see the WhatsUp Gold web site.
- . Licensing and support information is available on the WhatsUp Customer Portal. The web portal provides enhanced web-based capabilities to view and manage Ipswitch product licenses.
- . Use the WhatsUp Gold Support Site for a variety of WhatsUp Gold product help resources. From here you can view product documentation, search Knowledge Base articles, access the community site for help from other users, and get other Technical Support information. The Support Site is available on the WhatsUp Gold web site.