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Understanding CiscoWorks for Windows

Understanding CiscoWorks for Windows

CiscoWorks for Windows is a web-based suite of applications that provides dynamic status, statistics, and comprehensive configuration information about Cisco devices. It is targeted at small and medium business, departmental users, and network managers.

This chapter contains the following sections:


CiscoWorks for Windows is a web-based comprehensive network management solution for small to medium business networks. It provides a powerful set of monitoring and configuration tools for administering Cisco-based switch, router, hub, and access server networks.

With CiscoWorks for Windows, you get the following applications:

What's New

CiscoWorks for Windows 6.1 provides the following new features:

Operating System Support

CiscoWorks for Windows runs on the following operating system (OS) platforms:

CiscoWorks for Windows supports the following browsers:

Device Support

For a brief description about the applications provided with CiscoWorks for Windows, and the devices they support, go to:

Note   Support for more devices can be added any time after the initial product release or installation. When new device packages become available, they are placed on Check this site to ensure that you have the latest device package release.

Package Support Updater

Use the Package Support Updater (PSU) to integrate new Cisco device information asynchronously with the CiscoView engine, uninstall device packages, install new device packages, or upgrade existing installed packages.

The Package Support Updater allows you to display a list of currently installed device packages and their versions, view a log of all device package changes, uninstall one or more packages, and automate device package installations and upgrades (refer to the "Maintaining Device Packages" section in Chapter 3).

Starting CiscoWorks for Windows

You can start CiscoWorks for Windows by:

Launching from Server

To launch CiscoWorks for Windows from the server, click Start > Programs > CiscoWorks for Windows 6.1 > CiscoWorks for Windows 6.1 Desktop.

CiscoWorks for Windows login window appears in your default browser.

Launching from a Remote Client

To start CiscoWorks for Windows from a remote client:

For example, if CiscoWorks for Windows is installed on the computer emch-pc, you must type the following in the Location (Netscape Navigator), or Address (Internet Explorer) field:


When the standard HTTP port (port 80) is used by other applications, CiscoWorks for Windows installs the web server on port 1741. In such cases, you must type the name of the server and port number separated by a colon (:).

For example, you must type the following to invoke CiscoWorks for Windows on the server emch-pc, if CiscoWorks for Windows web server is installed on

port 1741:


The CiscoWorks for Windows login window appears in the browser window.

Logging In

When the CiscoWorks for Windows login window appears, type your user name and password, then click Login.

The special admin login provides you with administrator privileges—allowing you to perform any administrative task.

Note   Ask your system administrator for detailed username and password information.

For information on launching CiscoWorks for Windows applications, refer to Chapter 2, "Using the CiscoWorks for Windows Desktop".

Uninstalling CiscoWorks for Windows

You can uninstall CiscoWorks for Windows if you encounter problems during reinstallation, or if you wish to remove the program.

To uninstall CiscoWorks for Windows:

Step 1   Click the task bar Start menu.

Step 2   Select Programs > CiscoWorks for Windows 6.1 > Uninstall CiscoWorks for Windows 6.1.

Note   Uninstalling CiscoWorks for Windows will also uninstall WhatsUp Gold if it was installed from the CiscoWorks for Windows Version 6.1 CD.

Posted: Thu Nov 7 21:05:45 PST 2002
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