In Part I of this series I shared the installation specifics (and challenges!) with you for CCP. This second part of the two-part series explores the actual user interface. As the Cisco Configuration Professional version 2.2 release notes point out, the demo mode of this application pre-populates the interface with three router types:
a) An 800 series
b) An 1861 wireless router
c) A 2900 series Integrated Services Router.
A quick note that was not covered in the previous post — Cisco Configuration Professional will load more quickly if you choose the “Allow active content to run in files on my Computer” checkbox under Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Security. Upon loading of CCP, the following screen results. Before any of the features can be demonstrated, the devices need to be discovered. These can be highlighted individually or collectively.
Unlike other “demo mode” versions of products I examined in previous blog posts (such as IPS Manager Express and the Adaptive Security Device Manager), CCP does not present the user with any fictitious data to see a simulated monitored session. One option which many students studying for a Cisco exam find useful is the grayed out one in the screenshot below. Showing a preview of CLI commands not only provides a helpful tutorial on how a feature is configured but also makes the GUI deployment less “mysterious”.
A screenshot of the interface configuration screen and accompanying left-hand side menu navigation window pane is provided below. Upon further inspection of the “Edit Interface” tab, I found that I could only assign an IP address to an interface if I used the “Create Connection” tab first. When I did this I found out why the CLI preview is grayed out — it’s unsupported!
As the accompanying screenshot demonstrates, Cisco Configuration Professional contains many of the wizards users have been accustomed to seeing in the older Security Device Manager. The newer CCP still supports the legacy “classic” IOS firewall (also known as Context Based Access Control or CBAC).
A final screen capture is provided below detailing the administrator being able to find the detailed CLI configuration used in the Advanced Firewall Wizard by clicking on the “Preview Commands” button shown. As seen here, this function provides detailed output; the small size of the scrollbar is an indicator that the resulting CLI output is lengthy.
For further information, the reader is encouraged to visit Cisco Connection Online and retrieve the Cisco Configuration Professional User Guide for Version 2.5