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Cisco Defense Orchestrator

External Links for Devices

About External Links

You can now create a hyperlink to an external resource and associate it with a device you manage with CDO. You could use this feature to create a convenient link to a search engine, documentation resource, a corporate wiki, the Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) used by your ASA, a link to a Firepower Device Manager (FDM) for a Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) device, or any other URL that you choose. You can associate as many external links with a device as you want. You can also associate the same link with multiple devices at the same time.

The links you create can reach anywhere, but your company's security requirements do not change. For example, if you ordinarily need to be connected to your corporate network, by being on-premises or through a VPN connection to reach a particular URL, those requirements remain. If your company blocks specific URLs, those URLs continue to be blocked. URLs that are not restricted continue to not be restricted.

Location Variable

We have created the {location} variable that you can incorporate in your URLs. This variable will be populated with the IP address of your device. For example, https://{location} should reach the ASDM for your ASA or the FDM for your FTD device. 

Create an External Link

  1. Open the Devices & Services page.
  2. Select a device.
  3. In the details pane, on the right, go to the External Links section.
  4. Enter a name for the link.
  5. Enter the URL for the link in the URL field. You need to specify the full URL, for example, for Cisco enter http://www.cisco.com
  6. Click + to associate the link with the device.

Create an External Link to ASDM or FDM

Here is a convenient way to open the Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) on your ASA or the Firepower Device Manager (FDM) on your FTD:

  1. Open the Devices & Services page.
  2. Select a device.
  3. In the details pane, on the right, go to the External Links section.
  4. Enter a name for the link such as ASDM or FDM.
  5. Enter https://{location} in the URL field. The {location} variable will be populated with the IP address of your device.  
  6. Click the + box.

Create an External Link for Multiple Devices

  1. Open the Devices & Services page.
  2. Select multiple devices. 
  3. In the details pane, on the right, go to the External Links section.
  4. Enter a name for the link.
  5. Enter the URL you want to reach using one of these methods:
  • Enter https://{location} in the URL field. The {location} variable will be populated with the IP address of your device. This creates an automatic link to the ASDM or FDM for your device. 
  • Enter the URL for the link in the URL field. You need to specify the full URL, for example, for Cisco enter http://www.cisco.com.
  1. Click + to associate the link with the device.

Edit or Delete External Links

  1. Open the Devices & Services page.
  2. Select a device.
  3. In the details pane, on the right, go to the External Links section.
  4. Mouse-over the name of the link to reveal the edit and delete icons.
  5. Click the appropriate icon to edit or delete the external link and confirm your action. 

Edit or Delete External Links for Multiple Devices

  1. Open the Devices & Services page.
  2. Select multiple devices.
  3. In the details pane, on the right, go to the External Links section.
  4. Mouse-over the name of the link to reveal the edit and delete icons.
  5. Click the appropriate icon to edit or delete the external link and confirm your action. 
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