Cisco Configuration Professional
Simplify Router Deployment and Management


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Cisco Configuration Professional:

Cisco Configuration Professional has two types: Cisco Configuration Professional and Cisco Configuration Professional Express. Both Cisco Configuration Professional and Express are GUI-based device-management tools for Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs).

Cisco Configuration Professional is a PC-based application that provides the device management for ISRs. It simplifies router, firewall, intrusion prevention system (IPS), VPN, unified communications, WAN, LAN, and basic wireless configuration through easy-to-use wizards.

Cisco Configuration Professional Express, a lightweight version of Cisco Configuration Professional, is an embedded device manager that is available on the router flash memory and can be used to configure some of the LAN and WAN interfaces and basic configurations to bootstrap the router.

Cisco Configuration Professional tools are valuable productivity-enhancing tools for network administrators and channel partners for deploying routers in medium-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices with increased confidence and ease. Cisco Configuration Professional tools have configuration checks built into the application, thereby reducing errors.

Cisco Configuration Professional replaces the Cisco Router and Security Device Manager (SDM). Like SDM, Cisco Configuration Professional assumes a general understanding of networking technologies and terms but assists individuals unfamiliar with the Cisco command-line interface (CLI).

Features and Benefits:

Customer Benefits

Today's businesses depend on network-based applications and communications tools more than ever before. To preserve essential communications with your partners and customers, maintain the productivity of your employees, and sustain the profitability of your business, you need to make sure that your network is secure and reliable and that it performs optimally at all times. However, modern business networks can encompass a wide range of wired and wireless networking, security, and voice technologies. Making sure that your network is configured and operating properly is a complex, costly, and time-consuming task.

Cisco Configuration Professional and Express are device-management tools that your business can use to address these challenges. Cisco Configuration Professional provides in-depth configuration GUI screens to help you easily configure complex routing, security, and voice features in the router. Cisco Configuration Professional Express provides a GUI on the box to configure the WAN and LAN and bootstrap the router to be able to reach to a centralized management system.

Cisco Configuration Professional Express

As indicated previously, the Cisco Configuration Professional Express GUI is available on the router flash memory (Figure 1). The router comes with a default configuration, and Cisco Configuration Professional Express can be accessed through a browser by using the WAN IP address.using HTTP. Cisco Configuration Professional Express provides the necessary functions to bootstrap the routers. The user interface supports basic features including different WAN and LAN interfaces, static routes, user management, Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and Hostname configurations. It also provides the ability to configure the server on the router. The capability allows the router to get the complete configuration downloaded automatically from the ready-to-use server. Savvy users of the Cisco IOS Software CLI can execute and configure the Cisco IOS Software CLI on the routers using Cisco Configuration Professional Express. In addition, Express provides basic utility tools such as ping and traceroute as basic troubleshooting tools.

Cisco Configuration Professional Express Admin Portal

Figure 1. Cisco Configuration Professional Express Admin Portal

The Cisco Configuration Professional Express supports two portal views:

  • Cisco Configuration Professional Express Admin Portal: Administrators use the Admin View for router administrative tasks such as setting up WAN uplinks and creating VLANs, IP routes, users, DHCP, and so on.
  • Cisco Configuration Professional Express End User Portal: Administrators can set up the End User View so that users can access it to associate switch ports to VLANs, and to create new Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs) for wireless interfaces.

Table lists the features that Cisco Configuration Professional Express supports, and Table 2 lists the Cisco router products and software releases that Cisco Configuration Professional Express 2.7 and later support.

Features Support Details
Setting up WAN Provides the interface to enable DNS, DHCP, Hostname, and setup wired WAN such as Ethernet; and dialer, wireless WAN such as third- and fourth-generation (3G and 4G, respectively) interfaces
VLAN Provides the ability to create a new VLAN and associate one or more Layer 2 interfaces to it
Static routing Allows you to add, edit, and delete IP routes to a destination interface or IP address from IPv4 or IPv6 subnets
User management Allows you to create, edit, and delete users who are local to the router; you can specify privilege levels and a password hashing algorithm
Router Diagnostics Dashboard view allows to view the memory and processor statistics of the router
Plug and Play Allows to configure Plug and Play server from which the router can obtain full configuration and IOS image updates
Command Line Interface Allows to configure or run IOS CLI commands that can be directly executed from routers command prompt
Setting up Wi-Fi Enables to setup a new SSID, the associated VLAN, security scheme and the encryption keys
Troubleshooting Trace and ping commands allow the user to do basic troubleshooting of the network and device connectivity

Features Benefits
Comprehensive remote management
  • This feature turns the router into a security, voice, and remote-access solution with its own management tool.
  • You can manage the router remotely from any supported desktop or laptop.
Out-of-the-box router configuration Cisco Configuration Professional Express is a slimmed-down version of the Cisco Configuration Professional GUI tool embedded in the router flash memory that helps Cisco partners and customers with out-of-the-box configuration of access-router LAN and WAN interfaces and minimal Cisco IOS Software security features.
At-a-glance router status views These views offer a quick graphical summary of router hardware, software, and primary router services such as VPN, firewall, QoS, etc.
Demo mode Sales representatives can use this feature to showcase the feature richness of the ISR.
Router security audit
  • The audit assesses the vulnerability of your existing router.
  • It provides quick compliance to best-practices security policies for routers.
One-step router lockdown This feature simplifies firewall and Cisco IOS Software configuration without requiring expertise about security or Cisco IOS Software.
Smart wizards for most frequent router and security configuration tasks
  • Smart wizards avert misconfigurations with integrated routing and security knowledge.
  • They reduce network administrators' training needs for new Cisco IOS Software security features.
  • The wizards secure the existing network infrastructure easily and cost-effectively.
WAN and VPN troubleshooting
  • Mean time to repair (MTTR) is reduced by taking advantage of the integration of routing, LAN, WAN, and security features on the router for detailed troubleshooting.
  • The integration of routing, LAN, WAN, and security features on the router allows for detailed troubleshooting of IPsec VPNs or WAN links.
Quality-of-service (QoS) policy
  • WAN and VPN bandwidth and application performance for different business needs (voice and video, enterprise applications, web, etc.) are easily optimized.
  • Three predefined categories of policy are available: real-time, business-critical, and best-effort.
Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR)
  • NBAR provides real-time validation of application usage of WAN and VPN bandwidth against predefined service policies.
  • NBAR provides for traffic performance monitoring.
Real-time monitoring and logging Administrators can proactively manage router resources and security before they affect mission-critical applications on the network.
Real-time network and router resource monitoring
  • This monitoring offers faster and easier analysis of router resource and network resource usage. • It offers graphical charts for LAN and WAN traffic and bandwidth usage.
Task-based Cisco Configuration Professional user interface
  • This interface provides for faster and easier configuration of security configurations - IPsec VPNs, firewall, access control lists (ACLs), IPSs, etc.
  • The interface provides a quick snapshot of router services configuration through the dashboard view on the homepage.
Cisco Configuration Professional Express wizard-based deployment of router
  • Router deployment for basic WAN access configurations is quick and easy.
  • This router deployment tool is ideal for nonexpert users.
Digital certificates
  • Digital certificates offer a highly scalable and more secure solution than preshared keys.
  • Digital certificates are now easy to use, and they deploy with the combination of Cisco Configuration Professional, Cisco IOS Software Certificate Authority Server, and the Easy Secure Device Deployment feature.
Role-based access
  • This feature uses the Cisco IOS Software CLI Views feature to define restricted task-based roles for different router administrators and users.
  • It allows Cisco value-added resellers and service providers to offer a graphical, read-only view of the customer-premises-equipment (CPE) services to end customers.
  • It offers factory-default profiles:
    • Administrator
    • Firewall administrator
    • Easy VPN client user
    • Monitor-only view
User profiles (view-based access control)
  • This feature allows for view-based access controls.
  • It allows Cisco value-added resellers and service providers to offer access to only certain screens of the Cisco Configuration Professional user interface.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)-based and Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol v2-based secure remote access This feature provides for secure management between a PC and a Cisco router.
Comprehensive remote management
  • This feature turns the router into a security, voice, and remote-access solution with its own management tool.
  • You can manage the router remotely from any supported desktop or laptop.


Cisco Configuration Professional

Ease of Use and Built-In Application Intelligence
With Cisco Configuration Professional you can remotely configure and monitor your Cisco routers without using the Cisco IOS Software CLI. If you are not an expert with Cisco IOS Software, the Cisco Configuration Professional GUI (Figure 1) can help you in your day-to-day operations; the application:

  • Provides easy-to-use smart wizards
  • Assists you through comprehensive online and video help
Cisco Configuration Professional Homepage with Configuration Options

Figure 1. Cisco Configuration Professional Homepage with Configuration Options

Cisco Configuration Professional smart wizards guide you step-by-step through router configuration workflow by systematically configuring LAN and WAN interfaces, firewalls, IPSs, and IP Security (IPsec) VPNs. These smart wizards can intelligently detect incorrect configurations and propose fixes, such as allowing DHCP traffic through a firewall if the WAN interface is DHCP-addressed. Online help embedded within Cisco Configuration Professional contains appropriate background information, in addition to step-by-step procedures to help you enter correct data into the application. Networking, security, and voice terms and definitions that you might encounter are included in an online glossary.

If you are a network professional familiar with Cisco IOS Software and security features, Cisco Configuration Professional offers advanced configuration tools to quickly configure and fine-tune router security features, allowing you to review the commands generated by the application before delivering the configuration changes to the router.

Integrated Security Configuration
When deploying a new router with Cisco Configuration Professional, you can configure a Cisco IOS Software firewall quickly. An advanced firewall wizard allows for a single-step deployment of high, medium, or low application firewall policy settings.

When invoked on an already configured router, Cisco Configuration Professional allows you to perform one-step security audits (Figure 2) to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your router configurations against common security vulnerabilities. Administrators can fine-tune their existing router security configurations to better suit their business needs. They can also use Cisco Configuration Professional for day-to-day operations such as monitoring, fault management, and troubleshooting.

Security Audit

Figure 2. Security Audit

Integrated Voice Configuration

With Cisco Configuration Professional you can easily set up your Cisco IP telephony system by configuring the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express call processing and Cisco Unity Express voicemail. When deploying a new IP telephony system using the application, you can configure it as a standalone Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express or as a gateway to Cisco Unified Communications Manager. You can quickly configure features required for an initial telephony deployment, including users, phones, extensions, dial plans, and analog and digital trunks. You can also configure voice system features such as paging groups, pickup groups, hunt groups, intercom, conferencing, etc. When invoked on an already-configured router, Cisco Configuration Professional allows an administrator to easily make day-2 changes such as moves, adds, and changes of phone users on the deployed configuration. Simply access the voice services provided under the voice folder on the Cisco Configuration Professional left pane to easily set up and configure the system (Figure 3).

Setting Up and Configuring the System

Figure 3. Setting Up and Configuring the System

Cost Savings

Cisco Configuration Professional is ideal for enterprise branch offices and companies of all sizes that are sensitive to device deployment and network management costs and have few skilled technicians. Cisco Configuration Professional enhances the productivity of network, security, and voice administrators through built-in configuration checks, a configuration editor for experts, and meaningful defaults.

Cisco Configuration Professional features provide an additional advantage of improved network availability through reduced instances of configuration errors.


Cisco Configuration Professional Supported Voice Features
Voice Feature Support Details
Voice system features Paging groups and paging number, ad hoc and meet-me conferencing, night services, intercom, whisper intercom, after hours, call park, hunt groups, call blast, pickup groups, and single number reach
Users, phones, and extensions System speed dial, multiple lines per phone, dual line, octal line, phone soft keys, call forward all, call forward busy, call forward no answer, monitor, overlay, share, and extension templates
Voicemail Voicemail initialization, systemwide default setting, message waiting indicator, and mailbox
Time-division multiplexing (TDM) trunks T1 Primary Rate Interface (T1-PRI) and single-line TDM trunk (Basic Rate Interface [BRI], direct inward dialing [DID], and foreign exchange office [FXO])
Phones Analog phones and IP phones (including phone load support); only skinny endpoints are supported
Dial plan Class of restriction, basic telephone service dial plan, VoIP dial plan, and translation rules and profiles
Multisite deployment H.323 and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) voice-over-IP (VoIP) parameters and remote worker (codec and Cisco IP Communicator [IPC]
Cisco SRST Gateway mode with MGCP or SIP or H.323 protocol for communication from the gateway when in gateway mode
Cisco Configuration Professional Supported Cisco IOS Software Features
Cisco IOS Software Feature Support Details
VPN VPN protocols include Easy VPN Server, Easy VPN Remote, Enhanced Easy VPN (IPsec Dynamic Virtual Tunnel Interface [DVTI]), SSL VPN, generic routing encapsulation (GRE) over IPsec, Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) (full-mesh or hub-spoke), Group Encrypted Transport VPN, Voice and Video Enabled VPN (V3PN), digital certificates, VPN monitor, and troubleshooting.
Firewall Firewall support includes zone-based firewall, stateful inspection, application firewall, granular protocol inspection, network edge, firewall log, and policy table.
IPS IPS features are compatible with the Cisco IOS Software IPS feature in Releases 12.4(11)T2 and 12.4(9)T or earlier T train and Cisco IOS Software 12.4 Mainline releases (automatic signature provisioning, dynamic signature update and signature customization, event viewer, signature creation wizards, and threat-based signature categories).
Advanced configuration Cisco IOS Software Certificate Authority Server, AutoQoS phase II, Network Address Translation (NAT) wizards, ACL, ACL Object Groups, VLAN, CLI preview mode, DHCP server, wireless LAN (WLAN), date and time, Network Time Protocol (NTP), DNS, SSHv2, management access policy, dynamic DNS, 802.1x Layer 2 port, and 802.1x Layer 3 spouse and kids are all supported.
Content filtering Cisco value-added resellers and partners can configure content filtering on the access router to permit or deny URLs (based on categories configured in a third-party database) or to block any keywords or specific domains. The content filtering feature blocks access to the URLs, keywords, or specific domains from inside the corporate network.
Routing Supported routing protocols include Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol (RIP) Version 2, and static.
Cisco Configuration Professional Supported Cisco Router Products and Software Releases
Router Model Earliest Cisco Configuration Professional Supported Cisco IOS Software Release
Cisco 815 12.4(11)T
Cisco 850 Series 12.4(9)T
Cisco 860 Series 12.4(20)T
Cisco 870 Series 12.4(9)T
Cisco 880 Series 12.4(20)T
Cisco 890 Series 15.0(1)M
Cisco 1801, 1802, and 1803 12.4(9)T
Cisco 1805 12.4(15)XY
Cisco 1811 and 1812 12.4(9)T
Cisco 1841 12.4(9)T
Cisco 1861 12.4(20)T
Cisco 1900 Series 15.0(1)M
Cisco 2800 Series 12.4(9)T
Cisco 2900 Series 15.0(1)M
Cisco 3800 Series 12.4(9)T
Cisco 3900 Series 15.0(1)M
Cisco Integrated Services Router Interface and Module Technology
  Part Numbers
WAN interface cards (WICs) WIC-1T, WIC-2T, WIC-2A/S, WIC-1DSU-T1-V2, WIC-4ESW, WIC-1B-S/T-V3, WIC-1ADSL, WIC-1SHDSL-V3, WIC-1ADSL-I-DG, WIC-1ADSL-DG, WIC-1AM, and WIC-2AM
Internal service modules (ISMs) ISM-SRE-300
Network modules (NMs) NM-4T, NM-4A/S, NM-8A/S, NM-16ESW, NM-16ESW-1GIG, NM-16ESW-PWR-1GIG, NM-2FE2W-V2, NM-1FE2W-V2, NM-1FE-FX-V2, NM-16ESW-PWR, NMD-36ESW-PWR-, and NMD-36ESW-PWR-2GIG
Enhanced network modules (NMEs) NME-WAE-502-k9, NME-WAE-522-k9, NME-WAE-302-k9, NME-XD-48ES-2S-P, NME-X-23ES-1G-P, NME-16ES-1G-P, NME-XD-24ES-1S-P, NME-X-23ES-1G, NME-IPS-K9, NME-VMSS_16, NME-VMSS-HP-16, and NME-VMSS-HP-32
Cisco EtherSwitch Modules SM-ES2-16-P, SM-ES2-24, SM-ES2-24-P, SM-D-ES2-48, SM-ES3-16-P, SM-ES3G-16-P, SM-ES3-24-P, SM-ES3G-24-P, SM-D-ES3-48-P, and SM-D-ES3G-48-P
Cisco Configuration Professional Supported Cisco Phones
Cisco Phones Models
Phones Cisco ATA 180 Series Analog Telephone Adaptors; Cisco IP Communicator (IPC); and Cisco Unified IP Phone 6921, 6941, 6961, 7902G, 7905, 7906G, 7910G, 7911G, 7912G, 7920, 7921G, 7931G, 7940G, 7941G, 7941G-GE, 7942G, 7945G, 7960G, 7961G, 7961G-GE, 7962G, 7965G, 7970G, 7971G, 7975G, and 7985G models
Supported Cisco Unified IP Phone Expansion Modules Cisco Unified IP Phone Expansion Module 7914, 7915-12, 7915-24, 7916-12, and 7916-24 models
Supported Cisco Unified IP Conference Stations Cisco IP Conference Station 7935 and Cisco Unified IP Conference Station 7936 and 7937G models
Cisco Integrated Services Router Interface and Module Technology
  Part Numbers
Analog voice interface cards VIC2-4FXO, VIC2-2FXS, VIC2-2FXO, VIC2-2BRI-NT/TE, VIC-2DID, VIC-4FXS/DID, VIC3-4FXS/DID, VIC3-2FXS/DID, and VIC3 -2FXS-EDID
T1/E1 voice interface cards VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1 and VWIC2-2MFT-T1/E1
Voice network modules NM-HD-1V, NM-HD-2V, NM-HD-2VE, NM-HDA-4FXS, NM-HDV2, NM-HDV2-1T1/E1, and NM-HDV2-2T1/E1
Cisco Unity Express Voicemail NM-CUE, NM-CUE-EC, AIM-CUE, AIM2-CUE, and NME-CUE
Cisco Unity Express Voicemail version support Version 2.3.2 and higher
Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express version support Version 4.0 and higher

Client System Requirements:

Client System Requirements
Personal computer operating systems
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista: Business Edition and Ultimate Edition
  • Windows XP with SP2 and higher
  • Mac OSX 10.5.6 running Windows XP using VMware 2.0
Other software
  • Sun JRE 1.5.0_11 up to 1.6.0_16
  • Adobe Flash Player Version and later
PC hardware
  • Minimum 2-GHz processor
  • 1-GB DRAM minimum; 2 GB recommended
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Free disk space of 200 MB
Browser requirements Microsoft IE 6.0 or later


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