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Mohamed Alhenawy
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  • In this article, we are going to talk about Cisco Umbrella Initial Setup.

- The continuity of IT is the basis of today’s business environment. Almost every single decision made by business is either based on an IT data or done using the IT platform. And so, the security, availability, visibility, and performance of the IT sector are the key foundation of a solid business and service environment.



-Cisco umbrella comes to secure your sensitive data within more than 20x data centers -WW- around the world and tied with a cisco Talos operation center team.
-I have known about this configuration for a while but I will admit that I didn't really try to learn it until recently, for that I going to share with you what I learned.
- First step add the public IP address of the enterprise on the Cisco umbrella  Enter username & Password
Enter Deployment --->Core Identities--->Network --->Add ---> write name of the network --->Public Ip ---> choose mask---> save .




NOTE: The network connection may be a single public IP address (dynamic) so you need to checkmark this option [ This network has a dynamic IP address]

- Add a network device:




Cisco 4000 Series and 1100 Series ISR acts as a DNS forwarder on the network, forwards the DNS queries to the Cisco Umbrella cloud. this feature available on the Cisco IOS 16.3 and later.
The Cisco Umbrella Integration feature provides a cloud-based security service by inspecting the DNS query that is sent to the DNS server through ISRs. When a host initiates the DNS query, the Cisco Umbrella Connector in  ISR  inspects the DNS query. If the DNS query is for a local domain, it forwards the query without changing the DNS packet to the DNS server in the enterprise network. If it is for an external domain, it adds an Extended DNS (EDNS) record to the query and sends it to Cisco Umbrella Resolver

NOTE: Please visit this link to get the information's about the integration and prerequisites :


- Add Wireless Controller - NOTE: virtual WLC is not supported


In the Umbrella dashboard, generate an API token for device (WLC) registration




NOTE: we have multiple choices for API that we have to use but in our case, we will choose [Legacy Network Devices] --->create.17.JPG





Now we have the API key.
- Wireless controller main menu, navigate to Security---> OpenDNS --->General --->enable OpenDNS --->Copy the API key.21.png

- create OpenDNS profiles on the WLC navigate to Security---> OpenDNS --->General --->enable OpenDNS ---> Add profile.

NOTE: should be the state of the profile show as profile registered
-- Add the domain with a cisco umbrella Enter Deployment --->Core Identities--->Domain Management--->add --->Domain Name ---> Description---> choose the sites .


-- Active directory integration with a cisco umbrella Enter Deployment --->Core Identities--->site and active directory --->add DC  ---> run it on your Domain Controller using the command.
cscript <configuration script name>


Once you have done the script you have to fill all these details Hostname, Domain, internal IP, choose Site



Stay tuned for the next article about Cisco umbrella.


*** I hope that has been informative for you and thank you ***
Mohamed Alhenawy
Martin L
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Love animation picture; thanks for sharing!

Mohamed Alhenawy
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Hi @Martin L

Thanks for your comment, also if you are looking to know about the DNAC with an automation tool, I recommend this to you!

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