Global Search

The global search feature allows you to quickly locate and navigate to devices managed by CDO.


Currently, CDO supports global search for ASA, cloud-delivered Firewall Management Center, On-Prem FMC managed by CDO, FTD, and Meraki.

All search results are based on the indexing option you choose. The indexing options are as follows:

  • Full Indexing—Requires that you invoke the full indexing process. This process scans all the devices and objects in the system and displays them in the search index only after you invoke the indexing. To invoke full indexing, you must have administrative privileges.

    For more information, see Initiate Full Indexing.

  • Incremental Indexing—An event-based indexing process where the search index automatically updates each time that a device or an object is added, modified, or deleted.

The information that you enter in the search field is not case-sensitive. You can perform a global search using the following entities:

  • Device Name—Supports partial device names, URL, IP address or range.

  • Object Types—Supports object name, object descriptions, and configured values.

  • Policy Types—Supports policy name, policy description, rule name, and rule comments.

    Cloud-delivered Firewall Management Center and On-Prem FMC managed in CDO support the following policy types:

    • Access Control Policy

    • Prefilter Policy

    • Threat Defense NAT Policy

When you type a search expression, the interface begins to display search results and you do not need to press Enter to execute a search.

The search results display all devices and objects that match your search strings. If your search string matches more than device or object, the results appear under categories (devices, objects, and connected_fmc).

By default, the first item in the search result is highlighted and the related information for that item appears in the right pane. You can scroll through the search results and click any item to view the corresponding information. You can click the arrow icon besides the item to navigate to the corresponding page.

  • Global search does not display duplicate search results. For objects, the UID of the shared object is used to navigate to the Object view.

  • If you delete a device from CDO, all associated objects are removed from the global search index.

  • If you delete an object from the policy and retain the device before you initiate full indexing, the object remains in the global search index because it is associated with the device.