Oh, it’s a reality, not a hype. (Check out my video below.)
One key strength of Cisco’s Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) is the feature-rich Command Line Interface (CLI). The benefit of the CLI is that it is extremely flexible and adding new features is very simple. The drawback is that you have to go through pages of command reference guides to understand how to configure and use these features. Today, most customers prefer to configure their router via an intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) instead of typing every command through the legacy CLI.
This requirement is not new, and Cisco had launched the Secure Device Manager (SDM) already in 2002. A few years later, the next revision of this tool was launched under the name “Cisco Configuration Professional – Express,” in short CCP Express. CCP Express is still widely used today. With the recently launched 3.2 version, it received a major facelift and feature enhancements. Some key features in v3.2 include:
- An easy to use wizard that can go through the entire initial router setup in seconds
This new CCP Express version 3.2 is available on all ISR G2 and ISR 800 series and will simplify the configuration of ISRs. And the best thing about it: it’s free, and it can be factory-installed on a brand new router. Check out my short video where I show the “Quick Setup Wizard” including some basic troubleshooting and the configuration of AVC here:
Call to action: Download CCP Express for your router and challenge yourself!
Can you configure an ISR faster than me?
If you want more video tutorials around CCP Express, feel free to comment here or just send me a tweet @MirkoGrabel.
Update 24. Feb 2016:
Jason Liu just posted a super cool animated video about the new CCP Express features here:
Free and Intuitive Device Management is Now a Reality Check it out!
I was asked for an Installation video, while this is in the works here the direct link to the installation guide: