Onboard a Device with Low-Touch Provisioning

Only the Firepower 1000, Firepower 2100, and Secure Firewall 3100 devices can be onboarded with the low-touch provisioning method.

Before you begin

Confirm the following is completed prior to onboarding:

  • You have a CDO tenant. If you do not, see Request a CDO Tenant for more information.

  • Cloud-delivered Firewall Management Center is enabled for your tenant.

  • The device is freshly installed but has never been logged into by either the device CLI, a management center, or the device manager.

  • The device is running version 7.2 or later. Version 7.0.3 does not support low-touch provisioning.


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

Click the Use Serial Number tile.

Step 6

Select an FMC from the drop-down list. Click Next.

Step 7

Enter the Device Serial Number and the Device Name. Select Next.

Step 8

Password Reset. Select the Yes, this new device has never been logged into or configured for a manager option.

If your device has been previously registered for a manager or is still registered to a manager, see Onboard a Device with a Serial Number.

Step 9

Click Next.

Step 10

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 11

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

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.