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Getting Started Guide for CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager Alert Center 1.3

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Getting Started Guide for CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager Alert Center 1.3

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Getting Started Guide for CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager Alert Center 1.3

Download Package and Installation Prerequisites

Downloading and Installing the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center Package

Accessing the CiscoWorks NCM Documentation Set

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines


Getting Started Guide for CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager Alert Center 1.3


January, 2009

The CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager (NCM) Alert Center is a subscription service that provides network vulnerability alerts on an on-going basis. This guide will assist you in setting up the Alert Center to operate with CiscoWorks NCM.

The CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center is a unique security service. Unlike traditional alerts that are typically delivered via email, the Security Alert service delivers alerts as CiscoWorks NCM software compliance policies. As a result, you can rapidly identify all vulnerable devices across your network and perform remediation before your environment is compromised. With Alert Center, your CiscoWorks NCM server automatically checks for and downloads security alerts as they become available.


Note CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center 1.3 requires Ciscoworks NCM, Release 1.3 SP2 or higher.



Note All documentation, including this document and any or all of the parts of the CiscoWorks NCM documentation set, might be upgraded over time. Therefore, we recommend you access the CiscoWorks NCM documentation set using the Cisco.com URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6923/tsd_products_support_series_home.html


The Docs tab visible from within CiscoWorks NCM might not include links to the latest documents.

Download Package and Installation Prerequisites


Note CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center 1.3 requires Ciscoworks NCM, Release 1.3SP2 or higher.


Before you download the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center package, ensure that you have the following

The appropriate credentials to log in to www.cisco.com and to reach the CWNCM software download location at http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/cwncm-crypto

Access to unzip or an equivalent archiving utility.

An SMTP Server setup and accessible from the server.

To install and enable the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center subscription service, you will need to have the following information:

The www.cisco.com username you will use when logging in to the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center

Your full contact name: First name and last name

You Email ID where you expect to receive the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center service enable confirmation.

You will also need the following information that can be found on the invoice or packing slip included in CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center package you received from Cisco Systems:

The Purchase Order Number(s) for the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center Subscription SKUs

The Sales Order Number(s) or Order Number(s)

Your Company Name as listed on the invoice and packing slip.

Detailed installation instructions are contained in the Installation and Configuration Guide for CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager Alert Center included in your CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center package.

Downloading and Installing the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center Package

To download and install the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center, do the following:


Step 1 Navigate to http://www.cisco.com/cgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/cwncm-crypto to download the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center package.

Step 2 Enter your www.cisco.com username and password to login.

Step 3 Download the Installation and Configuration Guide for CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager Alert Center 1.3 PDF file CWNCM_AC_1_3_install.pdf.

Step 4 Select the Installer file to download that is appropriate for your platform:

WindowsCWNCM-AlertCenter-Windows-Installer-2.0.1.K9.zip

LinuxCWNCM-AlertCenter-Linux-Installer-2.0.1.K9.zip

SolarisCWNCM-AlertCenter-Solaris-Installer-2.0.1.K9.zip

Step 5 When prompted, save the .zip file to a location on your local drive.

Step 6 Follow the instructions contained in the CWNCM_AC_1_3_install.pdf file to install the CiscoWorks NCM Alert Center 1.3.


Accessing the CiscoWorks NCM Documentation Set

You can access the entire CiscoWorks Network Compliance Manager documentation set from the following Cisco.com URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6923/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

From here you can navigate to any documentation for CiscoWorks NCM 1.3 you will need.


Tip To cut and paste a two-line URL into the address field of your browser, you must cut and paste each line separately to get the entire URL without a break.



Note All documentation, including this document and any or all of the parts of the CiscoWorks NCM documentation set, might be upgraded over time. Therefore, we recommend you access the CiscoWorks NCM documentation set using the Cisco.com URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6923/tsd_products_support_series_home.html



Note The Docs tab visible from within Network Compliance Manager might not include links to the latest documents.


Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html