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Cisco Configuration Professional(CCP) is the new device manager that will be replacing the old Security Device Manager(SDM).

Cisco Configuration Professional simplifies router, security, Unified Communications, wireless,WAN and basic LAN configuration through GUI-based easy-to-use wizards. The workflows in Cisco Configuration Professional help medium-sized business and enterprise customers and Cisco partners to quickly and easily deploy, configure, and monitor a Cisco router without requiring knowledge of the command-line interface (CLI).

To connect to the router, we’ll have to turn on http and https server on the router. We’ll also have to enable telnet and ssh login with a user account with maximum privilege.

# conf t
# ip http server
# ip http secure-server
# ip http authentication local
# username admin privilege 15 secret cisco
# line vty 0 4
# privilege level 15
# login local
# transport input telnet
# transport input telnet ssh


Make sure that the interface that is connected to the PC has an IP address configured.

# ip address
# no shut


Once the router is configured, load up the CCP on the PC. If no community member was configured, the Manage Devices setup should pop up and prompt you for the device’s information.

Enter the IP address that we’ve configured on the router with the username and password. Ticking Connect Securely will utilise SSH for the connection while not ticking it will use the less secure TELNET.


Once the OK is pressed, it should auto discover the router and indicate the success of the discovery. If the auto discovery did not occur, click on the discover button located at the bottom of the GUI to initiate it.


Once the device is discovered, we can begin to configure the device using the handy dandy GUI of the CCP.