I believe you can't manage any IPS 6.x devices from VMS. Unfortunately, you are forced to upgrade to CSM if you want to use IPS 6.x.
Good to know that, appreciated.
Do u have any documents/release notes state that VMS doesn't support IPS 6.x.
This will help more to convince my cutomer :)
which shows the IDSM and IDSM2 (IPS) supported versions.
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Actually I'm looking for documents clearly declare that VMS dosen't support the IPS 4215 running version 6.x.
Appreciate ur coordination..
Actually, that link is still the relevant place to look:
The IDS-4215 is the same thing as an IPS-4215, it's the software version running that makes the distinction as to whether we call it an "IDS" or "IPS". So, as you can see in that link, the IDS-4215 is supported running sw ver. 4.1 only. There is no support for IDS (IPS) 4215 running 6.x.
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Device support for VMS/IPSMC:
VMS is replaced with CSM 3.x):
CSM 3.1 is needed to manage IPS v5.1 and above (and also 6^)
I guess for managing IPS 5.1(5)E1 you can do it with VMS itself. For 6.X you probably need to wait as Cisco has probably stopped its download at the moment.
Can the Security Monitor component of VMS still be used to monitor 6.x sensors? I realize the IDS MC cannot be used to manage them, but have heard that you can still monitor 6.x with SecMon.
Actually, SecMon doesn't support the IPS 6.x either. With some tweaking, it may be possible to get it to work, but that's way outside of the support window, so if you run into any issues down the line, it will likely be impossible to get TAC support. My understanding is that the method of collecting events changed between 5.x and 6.x.
One option that was not mentioned is to re-install VMS and use the Security Monitor within VMS to do your monitoring. Security Monitor will still work with IPS 6.0. It is just the IPS Management Center of VMS that can not configure an IPS 6.0 sensor.
Hmm.. why wouldn't TAC support this kind of installation? Cisco has created enough problems pulling out CSM 3.1 and asking us to return to 3.0 which still would not manage the 6.X IPS atleast the monitoring done by the VMS SecMon should be supported.
This is true, though you are missing out on all of the SDEE functionality in 6.x, plus you will miss the ability to monitor health stats and alerts from the sensor that are new in 6.x