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Cisco IPS Device Manager (IDM)


  1. Foundation and Supplemental Topics
  2. Foundation Summary
  3. Q&A

Chapter Description

The Cisco IPS Device Manager (IDM) is a tool that enables you to configure and manage a single Cisco network sensor. This Java-based web tool provides you with a graphical interface to manipulate the operation of your sensor. This chapter will help you get started with the Cisco IDM.

Foundation Summary

The Cisco IPS Device Manager (IDM) provides a graphical interface that enables you to configure the operational characteristics of a single sensor on your network. IDM is a Java-based web application that should work with most web browsers.

The recommended memory and screen resolution are as follows:

  • 256 MB memory (minimum)
  • 1024 x 768 resolution and 256 colors (minimum)

Cisco has identified system requirements based on the following operating systems for use with IDM:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP
  • Sun Solaris 2.8 and 2.9
  • Red Hat Linux 9.0 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version, 3 running GNOME or KDE

The functionality provided by IDM is divided into the following two categories:

  • Configuration
  • Monitoring

The configuration tasks are divided into the following categories:

  • Sensor Setup
  • Interface Configuration
  • Analysis Engine
  • Signature Definition
  • Event Action Rules
  • Blocking
  • SNMP
  • Auto Update

Each of these categories provides one or more configuration screens that control the operation of the sensor. The monitoring functionality is divided into the following categories:

  • Denied Attackers
  • Active Host Blocks
  • Network Blocks
  • IP Logging
  • Events
  • Support Information>Diagnostic Report
  • Support Information>Statistics
  • Support Information>System Information

The monitoring categories provide you with information about the current operation of the sensor.

IDM provides online help and also supports Back and Forward icons (as in a browser) to help you operate more efficiently while using IDM to configure your sensor.