Cisco SDM – How do I Download + Configure it?

Cisco SDM (Security Device Manager) is a GUI (Graphical User Interface) based Software for Configuring/Managing Cisco Routers. Its a great tool for Small Businesses and for IT Professionals alike since it allows non-Cisco folks to configure Cisco Routers even if they don’t have an intimate know-how of the CLI (Command Line Interface).

The reason Cisco is getting into GUI style of configuration is because its competitors like Juniper, Checkpoint etc. have gained a decent market share over the past few years by being leaders in GUI based Networking products. Although, in the background, its all CLI that does the magic but the market/customers demand ease of use & that is what GUI based Softwares provide.

Here is the link for downloading SDM:

Once downloaded & installed. Here is what you need to do – bare minimum – on your router for the SDM to be able to communicate with the Router. Its a 4 Step Configuration Process –>

  1. Assign IP to the Router’s Ethernet Interface & PC in the same Subnet, of course :-). Also verify Layer 3 connectivity by pinging.
  2. Create a User Account on your Router (via CLI):user
  3. Enable HTTP &/or HTTPS on your Router:enable http
  4. Enable local authentication for HTTP/HTTPS on your Router:enable authentication

  1. #1 by Mohammed on July 13th, 2009

    Great tips keep it up brotherrrrrrrrr

  2. #2 by Naj on July 13th, 2009


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