Is hard drive needed on IDS 4215 ?

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Mar 17th, 2010
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Hi all, I previously opened a topic about my pain with my IDS, but this  is an off topic question, so I post here, but I'll let the mods moving  if needed. Well, I was wondering if a hard drive is required to run the  IDS 4215 ? I got everything booting up, but then my analysis engine,  after going high on CPU crashed. The IDS I got has no hard drive, so I  was wondering if someone would have ran an IDS 4215 with no hard drive,  or can this be my cause of failure ?


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Jennifer Halim Wed, 03/17/2010 - 15:12
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Yes, you would need to have hard drive on IDS 4215.

It is also specified in the documentation that you would need to:

Only use the replacement IDE hard-disk drive from  Cisco. We cannot guarantee that other hard-disk drives will operate  properly with the IPS.<\quote>

Here is the URL for your reference:

bastien.migette Wed, 03/17/2010 - 15:26
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Ok, I'll try to get some old IDE drives to plug into and try. That could explain my errors... I'll update my case on this thread.

bastien.migette Mon, 03/22/2010 - 06:25
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Ok, I guess I need a 2"5 as there's no power alim to the hard drive... Does anyone ever tried replacing the hard drive ? If so, what was the brand ?


Jennifer Halim Mon, 03/22/2010 - 13:39
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Hi Bastien,

As stated in the post earlier, you would need to purchase the Hard Drive from Cisco:

Only use the replacement IDE  hard-disk drive from  Cisco. We cannot guarantee that other hard-disk  drives will operate  properly with the IPS.<\quote>

bastien.migette Mon, 03/22/2010 - 13:45
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Yes, but I didn't see any part number for a spare hard drive, and I got my IDS 200$ on ebay, It's for working on my certs, and I guess cisco's spare hard drive will be incredibely expensive ... I guess it's nothing more than a 2"5 IDE drive ? that's the same thing with SFP modules, you can use non cisco and it works good... So I guess cisco is not a hard drive manufacturer so they would use a standard hard drive ...


Jennifer Halim Mon, 03/22/2010 - 13:51
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Please also be advised that 4215 is EOL as per the following notice:

Even if you are able to get it working, you would still need to purchase the IPS subscription otherwise, you can't update the signature file, and the last day for any signature update for the 4215 is July 29, 2011

bastien.migette Mon, 03/22/2010 - 13:55
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yes, but again, I do not really care about having signature up to date, I just want to test some features to work my IPS certification (CCSP track), I won't use it in a production network.

bobbycornetto Wed, 03/24/2010 - 10:04
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I'm in the same boat. Does anyone have an IDS 4215 that could open it up and look -- maybe even take a photo? There has to be a 3rd party hard drive that will work.

bastien.migette Thu, 03/25/2010 - 09:54
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Just installed a spare

It seem to work, my CPU is still running at 100%, but see that :

sensor# sh ver
Application Partition:

Cisco Intrusion Prevention System, Version 5.1(6)E1

    Realm Keys          key1.0                               
Signature Definition:                                        
    Signature Update    S291.0                   2007-06-18  
    Virus Update        V1.2                     2005-11-24  
OS Version:             2.4.26-IDS-smp-bigphys               
Platform:               IDS-4215                             
Serial Number:          88809300465                          
No license present
Sensor up-time is 7 min.
Using 393707520 out of 460161024 bytes of available memory (85% usage)
system is using 17.4M out of 29.0M bytes of available disk space (60% usage)
application-data is using 36.9M out of 166.8M bytes of available disk space (23% usage)
boot is using 35.3M out of 68.6M bytes of available disk space (54% usage)
application-log is using 35.0M out of 2.8G bytes of available disk space (1% usage)

MainApp          Z-2007_JUN_19_12_49   (Release)   2007-06-19T13:04:08-0500   Running  
AnalysisEngine   Z-2007_JUN_19_12_49   (Release)   2007-06-19T13:04:08-0500   Running  
CLI              Z-2007_JUN_19_12_49   (Release)   2007-06-19T13:04:08-0500            

Upgrade History:

  IPS-K9-5.1-6-E1   17:46:39 UTC Thu Mar 25 2010  
Recovery Partition Version 1.1 - 5.1(6)E1

Edit: My CPU gone to normal after 10 minutes

IDM is also working, so my woes was definitively related to the hard drive !

Thanks guys for the support

Jennifer Halim Thu, 03/25/2010 - 14:35
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Thanks for the update. Good to hear it's working now.


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