How to Install Cisco SDM Express

The CLI command prompt is usually used when configuring Cisco Routers. In addition, the Security Device Manager (SDM) can be used for web-based management.

Cisco SDM Express

How to Run SDM Express on Router

In this article, we will install the Express version of SDM using GNS3 and VMware Workstation.

To provide web-based administration with SDM, you must enable a new user and HTTP/HTTPS protocols on the Router. Then, you must configure Telnet or SSH to access it locally or remotely.

Required Programs

First, download the necessary programs to your computer from the following buttons for installation.

JAVA JRE 6u17 Download

Java Download

SDM v2.5 Download

SDM Download

c3725 IOS Download

IOS Download

After downloading the required programs, you will need to check the IP address and VMnet settings of the VMware virtual machine.

VMware VMnet Setting

Open the Virtual Network Editor and after creating a new VMnet, configure its settings as shown in the image below.

VMnet configuration on the host;

Virtual Machine VMnet Setting

VMnet configuration on virtual network editor;

Virtual Network Editor

How to Configure SDM Express on Cisco Router

After you have made the necessary preparations for the installation, follow the steps below to set up the SDM now.

   Step 1

Start the GNS3 program and create a new project.

GNS3 Simulator Software

   Step 2

Drag and drop a Router, Switch and Host into the GNS3 workspace.

Add Router, Switch and Computer to Workspace

   Step 3

Wire all devices in the topology as follows.

Cabling Network Devices

   Step 4

You need to add a flash disk to the router because there is no disk defined by default in GNS3.

Right-click on the router, click configuration and then click the Memories and Disks tab.

Router RAM and Disk Settings

   Step 5

On the Memories and Disks tab, specify the Flash Disk size as shown below, and then click OK.

Increasing Flash Disk Size

   Step 6

Open the CLI console window by double-clicking on the router and run the show file system command to check the Flash Disk.

The flash disk is not in use because it is not formatted.

Show file system command

   Step 7

To format the router’s Flash Disk, type erase flash: and then press Enter.

erase flash: command

   Step 8

You can check that the disk was formatted successfully from the image below.

Formatting the Router's Flash Disk

   Step 9

To run the SDM, perform the following commands in the Router.

R1#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
R1(config)#interface fastethernet 0/0
R1(config-if)#ip address
R1(config-if)#no shutdown
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)#login local
R1(config-line)#privilege level 15
R1(config-line)#transport input telnet
Building configuration...

Required Commands

   Step 10

Configure the TCP/IP settings of the virtual machine that you added to the topology.

Configuring the Virtual Machine Adapter

   Step 11

At the same time, check that the network card of the virtual computer is VMnet3.

VMnet (Host-Only)

   Step 12

Test the connection by pinging the Cisco Router from the virtual machine.

Ping from Virtual Machine to the Router

   Step 13

To install JAVA 6u17 on the virtual machine, run the setup file as an administrator.

Installing JAVA JRE

   Step 14

After installing JAVA JRE, go to Control Panel / Java / Java Control Panel and click the View button on the JAVA tab in the window that opens.

Then enter -Xmx256m in Runtime Parameters and save it.


   Step 15

Run the setup file as an administrator to start the SDM installation.

Starting the Cisco Management Program Installation

   Step 16

In the Wizard window, click Next.

Setup Wizard

   Step 17

Accept the license agreement and click Next.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 18

To install the management application, select Cisco Router and click Next.

Install Cisco Management Program on Your Router's Flash Disk

   Step 19

At the Router CLI prompt, enter the user name and password created with the username command.

Enter the IP address assigned to the FastEthernet0/0 interface in the Hostname field and click Next.

Router Authentication

   Step 20

Connecting to Cisco Router.

Connecting to Router

   Step 21

Continue by selecting Typical.

Flash Installation Options

   Step 22

Select Install SDM Express and click Next.

Install Cisco SDM Software

   Step 23

Click Install to start the installation.

Ready to Install Program

   Step 24

The necessary files are being copied to the Router.

Installation Status

   Step 25

After the installation is completed, click Finish to run the program.

Running the Program

   Step 26

If you encounter compatibility issues in the Internet browser, you can add the Router’s IP address to the list in the Compatibility View Settings section.

Browser Compatibility Configuration

   Step 27

After renewing the page, when the router is connected, type the user name and password and click OK.

Typing the Router User Name and Password

   Step 28

The connection from the virtual machine to the router’s interface will be successful as follows.

Cisco Router and Security Device Manager

   Step 29

To bypass the security certificate error, select the trusted content option and click the Yes button.

Bypass Certificate Verification

   Step 30

Re-enter the user name and password of the router.

Entering Management Information

   Step 31

The management application scans the current settings on the router.

Scanning Your Router's Current Settings

   Step 32

The application suggests changing the user name and password you created. In this step, create a new user name and password.

Changing the Default User Name and Password

   Step 33

Enter the user account you just created for the connection.

Confirming Session Information

   Step 34

The application sends commands to the Router to create a new user.

Command Delivery Status

   Step 35

Re-enter your account information for Java access permission.

Java Session Information

   Step 36

After completing the installation steps, you can now connect and manage your Router via LAN or WAN.

Cisco Express

   Step 37

In addition, check the version of the SDM program.

Checking Version

   Step 38

At the router’s CLI prompt, execute the show flash: command and examine the SDM-related files copied into the Flash Disk.

Using the show flash: command on the router

   Step 39

You can also check the Flash Disk size by applying the show file system command.

Using the show file system command on the router


   Final Word

With this management software, you can basically configure your routers on the network. If you want to configure more professional settings, you can use Cisco SDM, the more advanced version of this version. Thanks for following us!

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