How to Use Cisco Configuration Professional (CCP) to Manage Your Cisco Routers
Cisco Configuration Professional (CCP) is a graphical user interface (GUI) tool that simplifies the configuration and management of Cisco access routers. It can help you to set up firewall, VPN, IPS, unified communications, WAN, and LAN features with easy-to-use wizards. You can also monitor the status of your routers, troubleshoot connectivity issues, and perform security audits with CCP.
In this article, we will show you how to download, install, and use CCP to manage your Cisco routers. We will also provide some tips and best practices for using CCP effectively.
How to Download and Install CCP
Before you can use CCP, you need to download and install it on your computer. You also need to make sure that your router meets the minimum requirements for CCP. Here are the steps to download and install CCP:
Go to this link and download the latest version of CCP (cisco-config-pro-k9-pkg-2_8-en.zip) [^2^]. This is a zip file that contains the CCP installation files and documentation.
Extract the zip file to a folder on your computer.
Double-click the setup.exe file in the folder and follow the instructions to install CCP on your computer.
After the installation is complete, launch CCP from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut.
How to Connect CCP to Your Router
After you have installed CCP, you need to connect it to your router. You can do this either through a console cable or a network connection. Here are the steps to connect CCP to your router:
Make sure that your router is powered on and has a valid IP address. You can check the IP address of your router by using the show ip interface brief command on the router console.
If you are using a console cable, connect one end of the cable to the console port of your router and the other end to the serial port of your computer. You may need a USB-to-serial adapter if your computer does not have a serial port.
If you are using a network connection, connect your computer and your router to the same network segment. You may need a switch or a hub if you have multiple devices on the network.
Open CCP on your computer and click Discover in the toolbar. This will open the Discovery window where you can add your router to CCP.
Click Add in the Discovery window and enter the IP address of your router in the Hostname/IP Address field. You can also enter a name for your router in the Device Name field.
Enter the username and password for your router in the Username and Password fields. These are the credentials that you use to log in to your router console.
Click OK to add your router to CCP. You may see a warning message about accepting a self-signed certificate from your router. Click Yes to accept it.
You should see your router listed in the Discovery window with a green icon indicating that it is connected. You can also see some basic information about your router such as model, IOS version, interfaces, etc.
Click OK to close the Discovery window and return to the main CCP window.
How to Use CCP to Configure Your Router
Now that you have connected CCP to your router, you can use it to configure various features and settings on your router. CCP has two modes of operation: Home View and Community View. Home View is a simplified interface that allows you to configure common tasks such as security, routing, quality of service (QoS), etc. Community View is an advanced interface that allows you to configure all aspects of your router such as interfaces, protocols, services, etc.
To switch between Home View and Community View, click Home or Community in the toolbar. You can also use the tabs at the bottom of the main CCP window to access different categories of configuration options such as Security, Routing, QoS, etc.