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Cisco Defense Orchestrator

Onboard a Firepower Threat Defense Device with a Registration Key

This procedure describes how to onboard a Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) device using a registration key.

Onboarding Scenario

  • Your device is managed by Firepower Device Manager not Firepower Management Center. 
  • You do not yet have a Cisco Smart Software Manager account or your device is not yet Smart Licensed.
  • Your devices have a route out to your SDC.
  • Your SDC connects to CDO at

Onboarding Procedure

To onboard a Firepower Threat Defense Device using a registration key, follow this procedure: 

  1. Sign in to Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO).
  2. On the Devices & Services page, click Onboard.
  3. Click Add a Firepower Threat Defense Device.
  4. Give the device a name.
  5. Check This device is not smart licensed.
  6. Click Go. CDO generates a registration token.
  7. Click the Copy icon copy.png to copy the Registration Key.
  8. Log into the Firepower Device Manager (FDM) for the Firepower Threat Defense device you want to manage with CDO.
  9. Under System Settings click Cloud Services.
  10. In the Cisco Defense Orchestrator area, expand Get Started.
  11. In the Registration Key field, paste the registration key that you generated in CDO.
  12. Click Register and then Accept the Cisco Disclosure. FDM sends the registration request to CDO.
  13. Click the Task List link to see the progress of the device enrollment.
  14. When FDM is registered with CDO, the Cloud Services screen shows Cisco Defense Orchestrator as Active
  15. Do one of these two things:
  • After approximately 60 minutes, log back in to CDO and open the Devices & Services page.  
  • Open the Devices & Services page in CDO and click the blue plus button cli_create_plus.png to onboad the FTD immediately. Click Discover Smart Licensed Devices and CDO will finish onboarding the device. 
  1. Filter and search for the new device. You should see that the Configuration Status is "Synced" and the Connectivity status is "Online."

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