Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center Virtual Install – How to Tutorial

In this Tutorial will be deployed Cisco FMCv – Secure Firewall Management Center Virtual 7.2.0 Appliance in Testlab, running on VMware ESXi 7.0 host. The steps in this tutorial could also be used for production environment install.


This Tutorial is remake of my Firepower Management Center Install Tutorial after Cisco has renamed the product line at the End of the 2021 year. 


Cisco states:

“Part of simplifying our portfolio involves the renaming of our security products under one brand, Cisco Secure. Being clear and outcome-focused, this change simplifies communication and will improve everyone’s understanding of how each product secures and protects within the Cisco Secure portfolio. For now, all products will include mention of the former names to easily recognize them during the transition”


more about Cisco Secure portfolio naming Architecture



  • VMware ESXi host (7.0)
  • Cisco FMCv VMware install package for ESXi (7.2.0)

Network Diagram:

1. Download the Secure Firewall Management Center Virtual

Download the Secure Firewall Management Center Virtual image for VMware ESXi from, and save it to your local computer:



A login and Cisco service contract are required.

2. Create VMware Virtual Machine

The Secure Firewall Management Center Virtual Virtual License is a platform license, rather than a feature license. The version of virtual license you purchase determines the number of devices you can manage via the Secure Firewall Management Center. For example, you can purchase licenses that enable you to manage two devices, 10 devices, 25 devices, or 300 devices.
Minimal Hardware Requirements for FMCv Virtual Appliance:
CPU Cores: 4
Memory: 28 GB RAM
Storage: 250 GB
Testlab configuration (Default FMCv configuration):
CPU Cores: 4
Memory: 32 GB RAM
Storage: 250 GB
For the Testlab purposes will be used the FMCv Default configuration. This configuration is not necessary to prepare in advance for the VM, because we will be deploying this virtual machine from ovf file which includes deployment template.

2.1 In VMware ESXi Web interface select “Create/Register VM”.

2.2 Select “Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file”. Select Next.

2.3 Enter name for the FMC Appliance “Cisco-fmc1”, Select or drag and drop the vmdk file and ESXi .ovf file. Select Next.



If you are deploying in vCenter use VI .ovf file.

2.4 Choose your Datastore. Select Next.

2.5 Configure your Network interface mappings 


“Management” – function Management (“lab_mgmt1” VMware network)


more about Deployment options in Cisco Documentation

Deploy the Secure Firewall Management Center Virtual to a vSphere ESXi Host


Disk Provisioning: Thin

more about VMware ESXi disk provisioning


Select Next.

2.6 Review your configuration before finishing the wizard. Select Finish.


Deploying of the FMC Image will take couple of minutes  depending on the ESXi Host Hardware Configuration (in my Testlab ~19 min)

3. Complete the FMC setup using CLI

3.1 Open the VMware console and log in with default credentials: admin/Admin123, press Enter to display EULA. press Enter to accept EULA.

3.2 Enter new admin password.

3.3 Configure network


Enter a hostname or fully qualified domain name for this system: fmc1

Configure IPv4 via DHCP or manually: manual

Enter IPv4 address for the management interface:

Enter IPv4 netmask for the management interface:

Enter the IPv4 default gateway for the management interface:

Enter a comma-separated list of DNS servers or ‘none’:,

Enter a comma-separated list of NTP servers or: press Enter


Are these settings correct? (y/n) y

3.4 Initial configuration successfully performed.

4. Basic Firepower Management Center configuration

4.1 Log in to FMC with your account and configure licensing. In this example I will chose 90-Day Evaluation Period.

4.2 Select Overview – Dashboard (or create your own Dashboard – Create Dashboard)

4.3 At this point we have functional Cisco FMC – Secure Firewall Management Center and can add the Devices to the FMC.

Devices > Device Management > Add > Device

We can also continue with FTD – Firepower Threat Defense Installation and afterwards registering FTD into FMC.


How to install Cisco FTD – Firepower Threat Defense:

Cisco Secure Firewall Threat Defense Virtual Install


FMC Configuration Guide:

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center Device Configuration Guide