This is the step by step instructions to download, install and configure Cisco Security Device Manager so that it can work with a router simulated in GNS3. Using of SDM with routers is an important aspect of CCNA sllabus albeit not given much importance in the course.
Cisco Security Device Manager (SDM)
The tutorial covers the following topics
1. Installing a Microsoft Loopback Adapter
2. Connecting the Microsoft Loopback Adapter to the simulated Router on GNS3
3. Downloading and installing Cisco SDM
4. Integrating the Cisco SDM with the router on GNS3 and controlling the router
Installing a Microsoft Loopback Adapter
1. Type and enter “hdwwiz” in Windows Run to raise the Add Hardware page.
2. Select Manual selection of Hardware
3. Select Hardware type as “Network Adapter”
4. Select “Manufacturer” as Microsoft and type as Microsoft Loopback Adapter
5. Go to Network and Sharing Center and click on Change Adapter Settings
6. Select the Microsoft Loopback Adapter, Right click and select Properties, then double click on TCP/IP v4 Properties to add the IP address.
Connecting the Microsoft Loopback Adapter to the simulated Router on GNS3
1. Restart the PC after adding the Microsoft Loopback Adapter and before running GNS3
2. Run GNS3 as Administrator
3. Add a Cloud in GNS3, Right click and click on Configure.
4. Scroll down under Generic Ethernet NIO and select the Microsoft Loopback Adapter
5. Add a router and connect it to the newly added loopback interface of cloud using an Ethernet connection.
Downloading and Installing Cisco SDM
1. Login to Cisco.com using your CCO credentials
2. Download the Security Device Manager Software from this LINK
3. Extract the zipper archive file into a folder
4. Double click on the “Setup.exe” application
5. Install the SDM Software on the PC
6. Go to the CLI of the router in GNS3 and enter the following commands
Router(config)# ip http server
Router(config)# ip http secure-server
Router(config)# ip http authentication local
Router(config)# username <username> privilege 15 password 0 <password>
Router(config)# line vty 0 4
Router(config-line)# privilege level 15
Router(config-line)# login local
Router(config-line)# transport input telnet
Router(config-line)# transport input telnet ssh
Add appropriate username and password as you see fit (eg: admin / cisco )
7. Disable your PC’s Firewall
8. Test connectivity to the router via Microsoft Loopback Adapter by Pinging the Router’s ethernet interface’s IP Address from the Command Prompt
9. Select Cisco SDM Application from Start Menu
10. Enter the Router interface IP Address in the Device IP address field and click on Launch
11. In the Internet Explorer page that opens up, Allow the blocked content. Then add the username and password to the log in prompt.
12. Allow the blocked content once more in the second popup window.
13. And Voila!! The Cisco SDM starts now for your configuration pleasure!