IPAM

IP Address Management [aka IPAM] software helps IT systems admins track and manage the IP addresses in their computer networks.

IPAM itself refers to the management of network addresses and does not typically include Domain Name System (DNS) or Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) services. Such systems are known as DDI (DNS/DHCP/IPAM) systems, and Device42 IPAM does not do DDI! Should you use or need a tool that does DDI, Device42 integrates with popular DDI (and dddsdfother) systems.

Device42 IPAM tracks IP addresses (both free & in use) as well as the devices each IP is assigned to IPAM tools are increasingly important as new IPv6 networks are deployed with larger address pools, different subnetting techniques, and more complex 128-bit hexadecimal numbers, which are not as easily human-readable as IPv4 addresses.[1] IPv6 networking, mobile computing, and multihoming require more dynamic address management.

IP Address Management (IPAM) is an essential part of Device42. With Device42’s comprehensive network auto-discovery, it’s never been easier to maintain up-to-date documentation of your IP Addresses, MAC Addresses, and DNS Infrastructure. In this section, we will cover VLAN, Subnet, IP Address, MAC Address, Switch Port Connectivity, and IP NATs.

Discovering IP Addresses

There are multiple ways Device42 can discover IP Addresses and related information:

  • Network SNMP Discovery: Configuring and running SNMP auto-discovery to gather subnets, IP to MAC Address relationships, and MAC Address to Switch Port relationship information.

  • Device42’s Auto Discovery: Using the auto-discovery client to discover Microsoft Windows and Linux and/or UNIX devices on your network, including their IP and MAC Address details.

  • Device42’s Ping Sweep Tool: This page details usage of the ping sweep utility to keep your IP Address information up-to-date.

Importing IP addresses into Device42

Importing existing IP addresses from Microsoft Excel & CSV spreadsheets is easy – Take advantage of this powerful feature to import existing IP Address data from MS Excel and/or .CSV [Comma Separated Value] spreadsheets into Device42 IPAM.