Honestly, this week has been a nightmare. I have not been able to allocate any time for study. Initially my laptop had issues with wireless connectivity. It was complaining that “Wireless Network Connection doesn't have a valid IP address.”-- I still haven’t been able to resolve that issue as stuff at work has been overwhelming and to top it off we have a wedding in the family for which I need to prepare.


Last week, I was reading the book, CCENT/CCNA ICND1Official Exam Certification Guide  by Wendell Odom and one of the chapters provides information on the Cisco Security Device Manager (SDM). I found it interesting. Cisco SDM is supposed to be an easy-to-use, Java-based device-management tool that can be used to configure LAN, WAN, and security features on routers based on Cisco IOS Software. Sounds interesting!


Apparently, SDM allows routers to be configured remotely—and even monitor their operations remotely as well—using wizards. Sounds useful! So if one is setting up a new router or even using this tool on a router that’s already in operation, the tool’s graphical interface makes it easy for newbie’s and other non-experts to get the hang of using Cisco IOS Software via smart wizards. It seems great to have wizards to help you through day-to-day operations—even providing assistance with complex functions like managing router security.


Of course, I have not yet tried this on my own—perhaps I can in one of the labs from Cisco Learning Labs. I do think that having hands-on experience is, for me, the best way to learn.


Has anyone explored using Cisco SDM first hand? If so, would you share your experience?