How to Install Cisco SDM Express? – The Cisco SDM Express program enables Cisco Routers to perform web-based configuration. To configure Cisco routers using Cisco SDM Express, we first need to perform Cisco SDM Express Setup.
How to Install Cisco SDM Express?
How to Install Cisco SDM Express?
We will use the GNS3 and VMware Workstation programs for Cisco SDM Express Setup. After creating a small topology with GNS3 and VMware Workstation, we will apply the necessary commands for the Cisco Router SDM installation. These commands are required for Cisco SDM Express installation. Cisco routers have to implement these commands for web-based administration.
How to install IOS on Cisco router in GNS3? For the answer to the question, you can reach the topic “Adding Cisco IOS to GNS3“
After downloading the programs required for Cisco router SDM Express installation, you need to check the VMware Workstation virtual machine IP address and VMnet settings.
VMware Workstation VMnet Settings
For VMware Workstation VMnet setting, adjust your settings as shown below. It is beneficial to always change the IP address used for VMnet on the physical computer. Because we usually assign router addresses to .1 IP addresses. To avoid this conflict, give a different IP address.
In the VMware Workstation Virtual Network Editor program, you can set the VMnet3 setting to the 192.168.8.0 Ip block. It can be in a different Ip block.
After you have checked the necessary settings to install Cisco SDM Express, we can start installation now.
Cisco Router SDM Express Installation
Follow the steps below for the Cisco router SDM Express installation process.
First, start the GNS3 program and create a new project.
In the GNS3 workspace, drag and drop a Router, Switch, and Host.
Then click on the cabling option to connect the devices together.
To install Cisco SDM Express, we need to attach a flash disk to the Router. After clicking on the right button/configuration on the router, click on the Memories and Disks tab.
On the Memories and Disks tab, add the Flash Disk size as shown below, then click the OK button.
After running the router, double-click on it to open the CLI console window. Check the Cisco Router Flash Disk by issuing the show file systemcommand. As you can see, now is not in use. We need to format it to make the use ready.
To format the Cisco Router Flash Disk, type erase flash:and then press Enter.
After the Cisco Router Flash Disk is formatted, the use will be ready. The following image shows the format of the Router Flash Disk.
To install Cisco SDM Express, apply the following required commands on the Cisco Router.
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
R1(config)#interface fastethernet 0/0
R1(config-if)#ip address 192.168.8.1 255.255.255.0
R1(config)#ip http server
R1(config)#ip http secure-server
R1(config)#ip http authentication local
R1(config)#username cisco privilege 15 password cisco123
R1(config)#line vty 0 4
R1(config-line)#privilege level 15
R1(config-line)#transport input telnet
Check the IP address of the network card on the VMware Workstation virtual machine.
Again, verify that the network card features on the virtual machine are in VMnet3.
Ping the Cisco Router on the virtual machine to test the connection.
When you download the SDM program from the above programs, the JAVA JRE program is available in the folder. Install the Java program on the virtual machine.
After installing the JAVA JRE software, click on Control Panel / Java / Java Control Panel. After clicking on the JAVA tab in the window that opens, click the View button. Then enter and save the value -Xmx256m as in the following image.
In the SDM folder, run the setup file as an administrator.
Click the Next button in the Cisco SDM wizard window.
Accept the license agreement and click on the Next button.
To install the SDM Express management program on the Cisco Router during Cisco SDM Express installation, select the Cisco Router option and click Next.
At the Cisco Router CLI command prompt, enter the username and password created by the username command. In the Hostname field, enter the IP address assigned to the Cisco Router FastEthernet0/0 interface and click Next.
It is connecting to Cisco Router.
Select Typical to continue.
In the Cisco SDM components selection window, simply select the Cisco SDM Express option.
To install Cisco SDM Express is now ready. You can start the installation by clicking the Install button.
Installation is starting.
The installation completed successfully. Click the Finish button to run Cisco SDM.
To resolve the problem with the Internet browser, add the IP address to the list of the Compatibility View settings in the browser properties.
After repeating the page, a connection will be established to the Cisco Router. Type the Router user name and password and click the OK button.
You are in the Cisco Router and Security Device Manager window.
To bypass the security certificate error, select the Continue Without Certificate option and click on the Yes button.
Re-enter the Cisco Router username and password.
It is scanning the settings on the Cisco Router.
Cisco SDM recommends that you change the username and password that is created by default. We create a new username and password.
Cisco SDM wants you to enter the newly created user account for the reconnection.
Cisco Router command settings are reported to be received.
The Cisco router SDM program wants to reconnect. Enter the changed user account and click the OK button.
We have completed the processes to install Cisco SDM Express.
After completing the processes to install Cisco SDM Express, you can check the version of the Cisco router SDM program.
Go back to the GNS3 program and run the show flash: command at the CLI prompt and browse the SDM program files copied into the Flash Disk.
You can control the size of the Cisco Router Flash Disk by issuing the show file system command.
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We have completed the topic called the “How to Install Cisco SDM Express?”. We have completed the Cisco Router SDM Express installation step by step. The Cisco SDM Express program generally use to make the more basic adjustments. The more advanced version is called the Cisco SDM.
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