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Guide to User Documentation for Cisco Security Manager 3.2.1

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Guide to User Documentation for Cisco Security Manager 3.2.1

Documentation Set

How to Get Started with Security Manager


Guide to User Documentation for Cisco Security Manager 3.2.1


Revised: July 22, 2008

Cisco Security Manager is part of the Cisco Security Management Suite, which delivers comprehensive policy administration and enforcement for the Cisco Self-Defending Network. The suite also includes the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System (MARS), which is available separately.

This document identifies and links to installation and setup information for Cisco Security Manager (Security Manager) and Auto Update Server (AUS), and contains the following sections:

Documentation Set

How to Get Started with Security Manager

Documentation Set

The entire documentation set for Cisco Security Manager is at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6498/tsd_products_support_series_home.html.


Note We sometimes update the documentation after initial release. Please continue to check Cisco.com for updates.


The documentation set for 3.2.1 includes:

Installation and Upgrade Guides

Installation Guide for Cisco Security Manager 3.2.1 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/installation/guide/csmig321.html

Requirements and procedures for installing Security Manager on a Windows server and for installing dedicated client software for Security Manager on a Windows PC. Includes pre- and post-installation guidelines and troubleshooting information.


Note Please refer to the Release Notes for Cisco Security Manager 3.2.1 for important installation notes.


Release Notes

Release Notes for Cisco Security Manager 3.2.1 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/release/notes/csmrn321.html

Product overview, important notes, and known problems.

User Guides

Individual user guides for Security Manager and Auto Update Server that provide conceptual and procedural information can be found at the following locations:

User Guide for Cisco Security Manager 3.2.1http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/user/guide/UserGuide.html

User Guide for Auto Update Server 3.2http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/auto_update_server/3.2/user/guide/aus32ug.html

Online Help

Context-sensitive online help is accessible from the Help menu or by clicking the Help button on any page or dialog box.

Supported Devices Tables

Supported Devices and Software Versions for Cisco Security Manager 3.2.1 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/compatibility/information/csmsdt321.html

Complete list of devices and software supported by Security Manager.

Supported Devices and Software Versions for Auto Update Server 3.2 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/auto_update_server/3.2/compatibility/information/aus_dev.html

Complete list of devices and software supported by Auto Update Server.

Troubleshooting Guide

FAQs and Troubleshooting Guide for Cisco Security Manager 3.2 at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2/troubleshooting/guide/FAQ_and_TS_Guide.html

Contains frequently asked questions together with troubleshooting information. This information is generated by customer queries and developer input and is updated on an ongoing basis.

How to Get Started with Security Manager

To get up and running quickly with Security Manager, we recommend the following:

Plan your installation.

To understand which applications are available for installation and to plan your installation, we strongly recommend you begin by reviewing the installation guide overview. See the "Overview" chapter at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/installation/guide/overv.html.

Get an overview of Cisco Security Manager.

For a general product overview, see "Product Overview" at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/user/guide/wfplan.html#wp90993.


Tip For an interactive overview of Security Manager features, see the interactive JumpStart tutorial that opens when you start Security Manager for the first time.


Review Getting Started checklist.

To get up and running most efficiently, work through the "Getting Started with Security Manager" chapter at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/user/guide/wfplan.html.

Define essential settings.

Use Security Manager to define many application-wide settings that customize your working environment such as deployment method. See "Completing the Initial Security Manager Configuration" at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/user/guide/wfplan.html#wp91619.

Manage user authentication and authorization.

To define user roles and permissions, see "Setting Up User Permissions" at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/user/guide/aduser.html#wp900684.

To integrate Security Manager with Cisco Secure ACS, see "Integrating Security Manager with Cisco Secure ACS" at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/user/guide/aduser.html#wp901673.

Bootstrap your devices.

To enable communication between Security Manager and devices, you must configure transport settings on the devices before you add them to the inventory. See the "Preparing Devices for Management" chapter at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/security_management/cisco_security_manager/security_manager/3.2.1/user/guide/ivprep.