Onboard a Secure Firewall Threat Defense Cluster


If you must delete a cluster, delete the cluster from the CDO Inventory page.

The following table provides information about device models that support cluster onboarding and creation on the cloud-delivered Firewall Management Center:

Secure Firewall Threat Defense Platforms

Minimum Secure Firewall Threat Defense Version for Cluster Management

Support cluster creation from cloud-delivered Firewall Management Center?

VMware, KVM









Secure Firewall 3100



Firepower 4100



Secure Firewall 4200



Firepower 9300



Before you begin

Read through the following limitations:

  • Firepower 4100 and Firepower 9300 devices must be clustered through the device's chassis manager.

  • Secure Firewall 3100 devices, Secure Firewall 4200 devices, KVM, and VMware environments must be clustered through the Secure Firewall Management Center UI.

  • Azure, AWS, and GCP environment clusters must be created through their own environment and onboarded to Secure Firewall Management Center.


Step 1

Log in to CDO.

Step 2

In the navigation pane, click Inventory and click the blue plus button.

Step 3

Click the FTD tile.

Step 4

Under Management Mode, ensure you select FTD. By selecting FTD under Management Mode, you will not be able to manage the device using the previous management platform. All existing policy configurations except for interface configurations will be reset. You must re-configure policies after you onboard the device.


If you are using the 90-day Evaluation License, the number of days left is listed under the FTD and FDM toggle options. Click the Manage Subscription License link to opt into a full subscription license. See Managed Device Licensing Types for more information.

Step 5

Select Use CLI Registration Key.

Step 6

Enter the device name in the Device Name field and click Next.

Step 7

In the Policy Assignment step, use the drop-down menu to select an access control policy to deploy once the device is onboarded. If you have no policies configured, select the Default Access Control Policy.

Step 8

Specify whether the device you are onboarding is a physical or virtual device. If you are onboarding a virtual device, you must select the device's performance tier from the drop-down menu.

Step 9

Select the subscription licenses you want to apply to the device. Click Next.

Step 10

CDO generates a command with the registration key. Paste the entire registration key as is into the device's CLI.

Step 11

(Optional) Add labels to your device to help sort and filter the Inventory page. Enter a label and select the blue plus button. Labels are applied to the device after it's onboarded to CDO.

What to do next

Once the device is synchronized, select the device you just onboarded from the Inventory page and select any of the options listed under the Device Management pane located to the right. We strongly recommend the following actions:
  • If you did not already, create a custom access control policy to customize the security for your environment. See Access Control Overview in Managing Firewall Threat Defense with Cloud-Delivered Firewall Management Center in Cisco Defense Orchestrator for more information.

  • Enable Cisco Security Analytics and Logging (SAL) to view events in the CDO dashboard or register the device to an Secure Firewall Management Center for security analytics. See Cisco Security Analytics and Logging in Managing Firewall Threat Defense with Cloud-Delivered Firewall Management Center in Cisco Defense Orchestrator for more information.