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  • Cisco ASA FirePOWER Services: how to install FMC?

    Design & Configure

    Cisco ASA FirePOWER Services: how to install FMC?

    Technology: Network Security
    Area: Next Generation Firewalls
    Vendor: Cisco
    Software: 8.X, 9.X, FMC 5.X, 6.X, SFR module 5.X , 6.X
    Platform: Cisco ASA, Firepower Management Center VM


    Ready to migrate from ASA to a supported firewall solution

    Firepower Management Center installation steps

    1. Deployment from OVF

    FMC installation step 1


    2. Assign the hostname for VM

    fmc installation step 2

    3. Choose the right ovf and vmdk files

    FMC installation step 3


    4. Select proper vNIC (the one you will use for management purposes and communication with the sensor) and disk provisioning type

    FMC installation step 5


    5. VM Deployment is finished

    FMC installation step 6


    6. VM starts the installation

    FMC installation step 7


    Note: The Cisco Firepower Management Center Virtual instance then appears under the specified data center in the Inventory. Booting up the new VM could take up to 30-40 minutes.


    7. After about 20 minutes you will see the system first initialization message

    FMC installation step 8


    8. After installation is complete, the firepower login prompt appears.

    Note: A message “WRITE SAME failed. Manually zeroing.” may appear after the system is booted up for the first time. This does not indicate a defect, it correctly indicates that the VMware storage driver does not support the WRITE SAME command.  The system displays this message, and proceeds with a fallback command to perform the same operation

    FMC installation step 9


    Default user and password for version 6.x FMC and later

    • Username: admin
    • Password: Admin123


    9. First login and setup

    FMC installation step 10


    10. Setup of FMC – CLI (you might be prompted for sudo password then provide the same password as used when loging in)

    FMC installation step 11


    11. Checking the interfaces on FMC and ensuring proper addressing:

    FMC installation step 12


    12. First GUI login comes up after typing the IP address (or FMC’s FQDN) set during installation. To login use exactly the same credentials as used for CLI login.

    FMC installation step 13


    See also how to redirect traffic to SFR module.

    Author: Marcin Bialy