Cisco ASA 8.4 on GNS3 - Step By Step Guide


Cisco ASA stands for Adaptive Security Appliance.In brief, It is a security device that combines firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, and virtual private network (VPN) capabilities. It can be used as a security solution for both small and large networks. This post is applicable for adding any versions of Cisco ASA 8.2,8.3,8.4 on GNS3.

Before we begin.,Please make sure that you have below items in your machine.

1.Download & Install GNS3
http://www.gns3.net/download

2.Cisco ASA 8.4 ISO image(valid)
http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?ssadit26tl3llms
or
https://rapidshare.com/files/2538881267/asa.zip

Now Let's assume that, you have installed GNS3 on your machine.

Steps to be Followed,

Step 1:- Download the ASA image & Extract them. Copy the extracted image & Paste them to GNS3 Images Directory.

Ex: C:\Users\<user name>\GNS3\images\

Step 2:-  Open GNS3 --> go to edit---> Preferrence ----> QEMU---> QEMU VMs

Step 3:- Click New ---->Select QEMU VM type ---> ASA 8.4(2) ----> Next Button.




                                              
Step 4:-  Give whatever name you want to assign to ASA.




Step 5:- Assign RAM size for the ASA. (>=1024MB)



Step 6:- Browse the Boot ISO files, which we have pasted in GNS3 images Directory.



Step 7 :-  Press Ok, Then Drag Cisco ASA Image to Workspace.

Step 8 :- Right Click ASA image ----> Press Start button.



Step 9:- Go to Console view-->  If everything is perfect, It will start booting. In case any issues, add your comments.  After booting process, it will go to enable prompt of ASA.

Step 10:- Type enable ---> and press enter, in the password prompt. To check the Cisco ASA version & License Information. Type " Show Version" Command.

 

Step 11:- Now ASA is loaded with Default License Key, which has limited features. Issue the following commands, to install the New License Key.

Step 12:- Go to Configure Terminal ---> type "activation-key 0xb23bcf4a 0x1c713b4f 0x7d53bcbc 0xc4f8d09c 0x0e24c6b6" ---------> Write -----> Reload.



Step 13:- Wait for 15-20 mins roughly, it could take more time. During the reboot, it will take some more time for Key Validation Phase. Wait for some time.

Step 14:- Now Your ASA is ready with the New License Installed.



That's All Guys..!! If you face any issues in the process, do let me know..!!

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39 comments

  1. plis, you can upload the asa ios.

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    1. Sorry for the late response, Still the below link is valid mate,

      http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?ssadit26tl3llms

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  2. it shows: failed to retrieve permanent activation key

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    1. after that output:failed to retrieve permanent activation key, Wait for 10-15 mins, @Salim, After that it itself will get activated. Let me know if any issues occurs.

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  3. But after closing it and opening it again, the key is gone even after saving the config using write command.

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  4. Hello every one, where can i get the new dumps for ccnp security free download

    thank

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  5. Hi man
    thks for this tuto
    i have a problem here.
    this is what i saw on the first show version

    Licensed features for this platform:
    Maximum Physical Interfaces : Unlimited perpetual
    Maximum VLANs : 100 perpetual
    Inside Hosts : Unlimited perpetual
    Failover : Disabled perpetual
    VPN-DES : Disabled perpetual
    VPN-3DES-AES : Disabled perpetual
    Security Contexts : 0 perpetual
    GTP/GPRS : Disabled perpetual
    AnyConnect Premium Peers : 5000 perpetual
    AnyConnect Essentials : Disabled perpetual
    Other VPN Peers : 5000 perpetual
    Total VPN Peers : 0 perpetual
    Shared License : Disabled perpetual
    AnyConnect for Mobile : Disabled perpetual
    AnyConnect for Cisco VPN Phone : Disabled perpetual
    Advanced Endpoint Assessment : Disabled perpetual
    UC Phone Proxy Sessions : 2 perpetual
    Total UC Proxy Sessions : 2 perpetual
    Botnet Traffic Filter : Disabled perpetual
    Intercompany Media Engine : Disabled perpetual


    And the new show version


    Licensed features for this platform:
    Maximum Physical Interfaces : Unlimited perpetual
    Maximum VLANs : 100 perpetual
    Inside Hosts : Unlimited perpetual
    Failover : Disabled perpetual
    VPN-DES : Disabled perpetual
    VPN-3DES-AES : Disabled perpetual
    Security Contexts : 0 perpetual
    GTP/GPRS : Disabled perpetual
    AnyConnect Premium Peers : 5000 perpetual
    AnyConnect Essentials : Disabled perpetual
    Other VPN Peers : 5000 perpetual
    Total VPN Peers : 0 perpetual
    Shared License : Disabled perpetual
    AnyConnect for Mobile : Disabled perpetual
    AnyConnect for Cisco VPN Phone : Disabled perpetual
    Advanced Endpoint Assessment : Disabled perpetual
    UC Phone Proxy Sessions : 2 perpetual
    Total UC Proxy Sessions : 2 perpetual
    Botnet Traffic Filter : Disabled perpetual
    Intercompany Media Engine : Disabled perpetual

    This platform has an ASA 5520 VPN Plus license.

    I can see that the VPN FAILOVER or context are same
    can i have your help for this issue.

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  6. activation key is not working....................

    ciscoasa(config)# activation-key 0xb23bcf4a 0x1c713b4f 0x7d53bcbc 0xc4f8d09c 0$
    Validating activation key. This may take a few minutes...
    Failed to retrieve permanent activation key.

    massage display.....................help me

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  7. ciscoasa(config)# activation-key 0xb23bcf4a 0x1c713b4f 0x7d53bcbc 0xc4f8d09c 0$
    Validating activation key. This may take a few minutes...
    Failed to retrieve permanent activation key.



    i am also getting this, please help

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