PIX or ASA - Small Business
Posted on 2007-11-30
Hello Cisco Experts,
As a small business consultant I finally have to learn Cisco. Just enough to do the basic setup/configure (open/close ports, vpn site-site, port forwarding, etc) for small businesses. I've done alot of research the last few days between the PIX and ASA and I'm just not 100% sure which I should learn. I figure the best way for me to learn is to just get a book and some kind of virtual software CD etc... Here are my questions though:
1. For small businesses what version should I learn, PIX or ASA?
2. If I learn PIX, will I be able to walk into a client and configure ASA as well, and vice versa? (I read something about IOS 7.X on a PIX is the ASA version???)
3. Can someone please point me in the right direction on this confusing road I'm on? :)
I dont want to purchase training material and spend valuable hours learning PIX or ASA just to find out I should have chosen the other.
I have networking experience and can configure 3rd party firewalls and have some experience with ISA 2004 so I'm not a nebie in networking just a total newbie Cisco wise.
Any training material you have found to be valuable please let know.
Thanks for your support and feedback!!!