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CX11x, CX31x, CX710 (Earlier Than V6.03), and CX91x Series Switch Modules V100R001C10 Configuration Guide 12

The documents describe the configuration of various services supported by the CX11x&CX31x&CX91x series switch modules The description covers configuration examples and function configurations.
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NETCONF Overview

NETCONF Overview


The Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) provides a mechanism to install, maintain, and delete configurations of network devices. You can use NETCONF to obtain configurations and status of the network devices. NETCONF enables a network device to provide standard application programming interfaces (APIs) through which applications can send configuration data to and obtain configuration data from the network device.


As network scale and complexity increase, the traditional Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) has lagged behind demands for easy management (especially configuration management) of complex networks. The Extensible Markup Language (XML) based NETCONF has been introduced to provide the required configuration management.

NETCONF can be implemented by invoking the existing functions of a device. This reduces implementation costs and allows easy access to new features. NETCONF allows a client to discover extended functions supported by a server and to adjust its behavior to use the functions provided by the device.

Table 14-8 compares NETCONF and SNMP.

Table 14-8 Comparison between NETCONF and SNMP




Configuration management

SNMP does not provide a protection lock mechanism to prevent multiple users from performing the same configuration.

NETCONF provides a protection lock mechanism to prevent configuration conflicts.


Querying one or more records in a table requires multiple interaction processes.

NETCONF can directly query any configuration data on the system and filter the configuration data to query.


SNMP provides low scalability.

NETCONF offers good scalability.

  • NETCONF users a multi-layer model, in which each layer is independent of other layers. The extension of one layer has little effect on other layers.
  • NETCONF uses the XML encoding format to expand the protocol's management capability and system compatibility.


The latest version SNMPv3 uses self-defined security parameters, which prevent future expansion.

NETCONF uses existing security protocols to guarantee security and is not bound to any specific security protocol. NETCONF is more flexible than SNMP in ensuring security.


NETCONF prefers the Secure Shell (SSH) as the transport layer protocol to transmit XML messages.

Updated: 2019-08-09

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