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IDS 4215 inline IPS


One of our client has an IDS 4215 with 4FE. I don't know what version they are running but I believe it is pretty old... Around 3 years.

What version is required to get the IDS 4215 to work in in-line mode? And what software can be used to manage these device? Do you still have to use CSPM or is there something better?

Does anyone have an example configuration for the IDS 4215 or is there an example config on CCO?


Cisco Employee

Re: IDS 4215 inline IPS

If you are not interested in keeping the existing configuration, it would be best to re-image to 5.1.1, then apply the service pack, then apply the new signature updates.

Please note that you would need to purchase a license to be able to upgrade with new signatures.

Please read the readme file here for minimum requirements of bios and rom.

Image files are here:

Firmware/Bios files are here:

After installing the 5.1.1 image, please install the 5.1.4 service pack.

And then install the latest signature upgrade.

The main page for the sensor files is here:

You can use IDM (GUI) to manage the sensor. It gets installed as part of the reimage.

There are is a good guide in configuring here:

I hope this information helps you.


Cisco Employee

Re: IDS 4215 inline IPS


You can reimage the sensor straight to 5.1(4) code. You do not need to reimage to 5.1(1) then upgrade.

File can be found here.

File for 4215: IPS-4215-K9-sys-1.1-a-5.1-4.img

Readme: IPS-5.1-4.readme.txt

Thank you.


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