CSM: Adding a device

I have googled for article related to CSM and the first many entries always directed me to Cisco’s documents, to be honest, I hate reading Cisco’s documentations, too much word and too many links that confused me and frustrated me, so I have decided to write a series of CSM related articles for my own reference and for people who use CSM but like me wants a quick solution on how to do certain things with CSM.

All begins with adding a new device!

Click on Configuration Manager
Click on Configuration Manager

You can create your own device group for easier and organized device management.
You can create your own device group for easier and organized device management.

Right click on the device group, and select New Device….

New Device Wizard
New Device Wizard

Select Add Device From Network and click Next.

Put in the IP address and Display name.
Put in the IP address and Display name.

In the section Discovery, leave it as default. These default downloads the existing configuration from the Cisco ASA.

Put in the device credential
Put in the device credential
If there is no reachability and credential problems you should see this screen almost immediately, just click Finish.
If there is no reachability and credential problems you should see this screen almost immediately, just click Finish.

Discovery status
Discovery status

Not all commands are supported by CSM, but this should not be a problem.

Device added!
Device added!

Under the deployment column, the deployment status icon is grey, this means the deployment status is unknown, but it does not matter, you can still manage the device event if the deployment status is unknown. However if you modify configuration and deployed the status will be green if successful.

Configuration archive
Configuration archive

To check if CSM has the new device configuration, you can click on Manage then click Configuration Archive…

Configuration Archive
Configuration Archive

Under the Archival Source column it says Discovery, remember the default settings in the New Device wizard?
discovery10
These defaults discover the configuration from the Cisco ASA.

Config Version Viewer
Config Version Viewer

If you double click or click View button you will see the configuration of the newly discovered device.

You can compare this configuration with the configuration of last deployed.

Choosing the config version to compare with.
Choosing the config version to compare with.

Comparing with versions of configuration. Black coloured wordings mean no changes.
Comparing with versions of configuration. Black coloured wordings mean no changes.

Look at the right bottom:

No changes!
No changes!

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