General Device to Feature Support for Security Manager
Broadly speaking, Security Manager has these main features: device configuration and event management. The following table explains which classes of device are supported for each feature. The exact models and software versions supported in each device class are listed in subsequent sections.
Table 1 Features Supported By Device Class in Security Manager
Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)
Yes (ASA 8.0+ only)
Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) appliances and service modules
Yes (IPS 6.1+ only)
Firewall Services Modules (FWSM)
Cisco IOS routers
Cisco IOS IPS in supported routers
Supported Devices for Security Manager
The following table lists the devices you can manage in Cisco Security Manager.
Table 2 Cisco Security Manager Supported Devices
Supported Device Models
Adaptive Security Appliances and Firewalls
Cisco ASA-5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance
5585-X with SSP-10, SSP-20, SSP-40, SSP-60
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Firewall Services Module (FWSM) 1
Cisco PIX 500 Series Firewalls
Cisco IPS 4200 Series Sensors
Cisco ASA 5585 IPS Security Services Processor
Cisco ASA 5500 Series Advanced Inspection and Prevention (AIP) Security Services Module
Cisco ASA Advanced Inspection and Prevention Security Services Card (SSC)
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Intrusion Detection System (IDSM-2) Services Module 1
Cisco IDS Network Module (NM-CIDS)
Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Advanced Integration Module (AIM) for Cisco1841, 2800, and 3800 Series Integrated Services Routers
Cisco Intrusion Prevention System Network Module Enhanced (NME)
ASA, FWSM, PIX, and IPS Supported Software Versions
The following list describes the minimum supported software versions plus the specific release numbers that have additional support in Security Manager for devices that run operating systems other than Cisco IOS Software. You must use a software version that meets at least the minimum. If you use a version that is not listed, Security Manager will treat it as one of these versions (the most closely-matching version, which is typically the release number nearest to it but lower). Any features that are unique to the version you are using are not supported in Security Manager.
Cisco ASA-5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA)—ASA Software Release 7.0(1-2, 4-8), 7.1(1-2), 7.2(1-5), 8.0(2-3, 5), 8.1(1-2), 8.2(1-3), and 8.3(1).
The following exceptions apply to ASA software support:
– If you upgrade a device that you are already managing in Security Manager to 8.3(1) or higher, you must delete the device from the inventory and then add it back. This is required due to significant policy changes between the 8.3 release and lower releases.
– You cannot use Security Manager to manage SSL VPNs on ASA 7.x.
– ASA Software Release 7.2(4) is supported on the ASA 5505 platform only.
– ASA Software Release 8.2(3) is supported on the ASA 5585-X platform only.
– You cannot use Security Manager to manage an ASA 8.3+ device if you enable password encryption using the password encryption aes command. You must turn off password encryption before you can add the device to the Security Manager inventory.
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Firewall Services Module (FWSM)—FWSM Software Release 2.2(1), 2.3(1-4), 3.1(1, 3-9), 3.2(1-4), 4.0(1), and 4.1(1).
Cisco PIX 500 Series Firewalls—PIX Firewall Software Release 6.3(1-5), 7.0(1-2, 4-8), 7.1(1-2), 7.2(1-5), and 8.0(2-4).
IPS sensors and modules—IPS Software 5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 7.0, and 7.1 with these restrictions:
– IPS signature updates are supported only on IPS Software 5.1(5)E1 and later.
– You cannot configure any IPv6 features that are available with version 6.2 and higher. If you configure IPv6 features directly on the device, Security Manager does not disturb your configuration. Consider using Security Manager’s FlexConfig feature to manage IPv6 configurations.
Cisco IOS Software Supported Versions
The following sections explain the basic versions supported for Cisco IOS Software and the limitations and restrictions that apply to managing Cisco IOS Software devices:
The following list describes the minimum supported Cisco IOS Software versions plus the specific release numbers that have additional support in Security Manager for standard routers. You must use a software version that meets at least the minimum. If you use a version that is not listed, Security Manager will treat it as one of these versions (the most closely-matching version, which is typically the release number nearest to it but lower). Any features that are unique to the version you are using are not supported in Security Manager. Note that the device model might limit the versions you are allowed to install; this is not controlled by Security Manager.
– 12.3(2), including the XA3, XB3, XC2, XE2, and XF versions.
– 12.3(3), including the B and B1 versions.
– 12.3(4), including the XD4, XG3, XK2, and XQ1 versions.
– 12.3(5), including the 12.3(5a)B, 12.3(5a)B0a, and 12.3(5a)B1-4 versions.
– 12.3(7), including the XI6, XR, XR2, XR4, XJ2, and XS2 versions.
– 12.3(8), including the XU4, XW3, XX1, YA1, YD1, YG2, YH, YI, and YI1 versions.
– 12.3(9), including the 12.3(9a)BC, BC1, and BC2 versions.
– 12.3(11), including the XL1, YK1, and YS versions.
– 12.2(8)T and ZB8.
– 12.2(11)YU, YX, YZ, and YZ2.
– 12.2(13)T, T12, ZD2, and ZE.
– 12.2(14)S, SU, SU2, SX, SY, and SZ.
– 12.2(15)BX, JK, and ZJ.
– 12.2(18)SE, SW, SXD, SXE, and SXF.
– 12.2(20)EW, EWA, EX, and S8.
– 12.2(25)EY, EZ, FX, FY, JA, SEA, SEB, SEC, SED, SEE, and SG.
12.1—Versions include 12.1(4)E3 and 12.1(5)T9.
Basic Cisco IOS XE Software Support
The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers use Cisco IOS XE Software, which uses a different numbering scheme from standard Cisco IOS Software. However, these release numbers are mapped to standard IOS release numbers in Security Manager. The following are the supported Cisco IOS XE Software releases and the Cisco IOS software equivalent releases used in Security Manager:
2.3.x—Called 12.2(33)XNC. Security Manager treats this release as equivalent to 2.2 (12.2(33)XNB) except for the addition of GET VPN support.
2.4.x—Called 12.2(33)XND. No features that are new in this release are supported. This is the lowest release supported on the ASR 1002 Fixed Router.
2.5.x—Called 12.2(33)XNE. Security Manager treats this release as equivalent to 2.4 (12.2(22)XND) except for the addition of DMVPN phase 3 support (for direct spoke-to-spoke communications).
2.6.x—Called 12.2(33)XNF. No features that are new in this release are supported.
Tip Although the ASR releases are mapped to IOS 12.2 releases, you must select IOS 12.3+ as the operating system type when adding the device to the Security Manager inventory.
Restrictions for Cisco IOS Software Devices
Cisco routers and switches have these software restrictions:
Security Manager does not support Cisco IOS Software Release 15.x for Catalyst switches.
For routers running Release 12.1 and 12.2, there is limited support for Layer 3 access rules, interfaces, and FlexConfigs, but not for any other features.
The software release you can use on a device is always limited to those releases that the hardware supports. For example, the 1900, 2900, and 3900 series ISRs require 15.0(1)M as a minimum release.
For the Catalyst 6500/7600, you can use Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1, 12.2 and these versions at the specified point release and later: 12.1(13)E, 12.1(17B)SXA, 12.1(19)E, 12.1(20)E, 12.1(22)E, 12.1(23)E, 12.1(26)E, 12.2(14)SX, 12.2(14)SY, 12.2(17a)SX, 12.2(17d)SXB, 12.2(18)SXD, 12.2(18)SXE, 12.2(18)SXE1, 12.2(18)SXE2, 12.2(18)SXE4, 12.2(18)SXF2, 12.2(18)SXF4, 12.2(33)SRA, 12.2(33)SRB, 12.2(33)SXH, and 12.2(33)SXI.
Note You cannot use the Catalyst Operating System on a device managed by Security Manager.
For the Catalyst 3500/4500, you can use Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1 and 12.2 and the following versions at the specified point release and later. Note that specific devices support a subset of the listed versions:
– 12.2(37)SE, SG
– 12.2(25)EWA, FZ, EZ, EY, SE, EW, SEA, SEB, SEC, SED, SEE, SEG
– 12.1(20)EW, EU, E
– 12.1(19)EA1, EA1d
To configure and manage VPNs on Catalyst 6500/7600 devices, the earliest software release is Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(17b)SXA.
To configure and manage IDSM settings on Catalyst 6500/7600 devices, the earliest software release is Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(18)SXF4.
For routers running an IPS-enabled version of Cisco IOS Software, the earliest supported Cisco IOS Software release is 12.4(11)T2. In addition, to perform signature updates on routers running Cisco IOS Software release 15.0, you need a a separate ios-ips-update license, which you must manually apply to the device.
The IPS subsystem has a separate numbering scheme, which you can view in the device properties in Security Manager. The 3.x subsystems are equivalent to IPS 5.x. The subsystems are:
– 3.000.001, supported in 12.4(11)T to 12.4(11)T4.
– 3.001.001, supported in 12.4(15)T to 12.4(15)T2.
– 3.001.002, supported in 12.4(15)T3 to 12.4(24)T.
– 3.002.001, supported in 15.0(1)M+.
Software Supported in Downward Compatibility Mode
Security Manager directly supports many individual point releases for the various operating systems you can use with the supported devices. When Security Manager supports a specific point release, it means that you can configure some features new to that release using the product.
Some point releases are supported in “downward compatibility mode.” In this mode, you can use the product to configure devices running that point release, but you cannot configure features that are new in the release unless you use FlexConfigs. Thus, the point release is treated as being the same as the nearest point release to it, and Security Manager maps the release number to that supported release.
The following table lists the releases that are specifically supported in Security Manager, and the point releases that are supported as downward equivalents to the release. The table might not include information about every downward compatible release. In general, if a version is not listed here or in Supported Software for Security Manager, Security Manager will treat it as one of the supported versions (the most closely-matching version, which is typically the release number nearest to it but lower).
Table 3 Software Releases Supported in Downward Compatibility Mode
Releases Supported in Downward Compatibility Mode
Supported As These Releases
ASA Software Releases
FWSM Software Releases
Cisco IOS Software Releases
12.4(22)T1, 12.4(22)YB, 12.4(22)YB1
Cisco IOS XE Software Releases for Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers
Cisco IOS Software Releases for Catalyst switches and 7600 series routers
Supported Devices and Software Versions for Auto Update Server
You can use the Auto Update Server application with any Cisco ASA-5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance or Cisco PIX 500 Series Firewall and ASA or PIX software versions supported by Security Manager.
Note You cannot use devices configured in multiple-context mode with Auto Update Server.
Supported Devices and Software Versions for Performance Monitor
The following table lists the devices that you can monitor in Performance Monitor and describes supported software versions on those devices. The software versions that you can use on a device are limited in all cases by what can actually run on the device and are further limited in some cases by restrictions that Performance Monitor imposes.