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Open Ports on Back of PIX Firewall

Posted on 2008-10-08
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So I have a PIX Firewall that I have never used before. I am really new to Cisco Equipment and not to sure how to config it... I recently got a Baracuda IM Firewall and in order for me to set it up I need to connect one patch cable from the LAN port on the Baracuda to my switch and another patch cable from the WAN port to one of the ports on my PIX Firewall.. Now when I connect my LAN port I get blinking lights, however when I connect my WAN port to my firewall nothing is blinking. I think those ports have been diabled in the back... There are 4 of them and only one is being used, I have tried each port on the back of firewall and I get no Blinking lights at all.. Can someone tell me how to allow those ports to be used?
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by:cmitri
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Hi, it sounds like your ports are disabled in the config.  This website has great introductory-level instructions on configuring and enabling the interfaces on your PIX.

http://www.netcraftsmen.net/welcher/papers/pix01.html

Scroll down to the section  called "PIX Configuration" and start there.
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by:cmitri
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If your interfaces are already configured to your liking, you can turn them on using the "no shutdown"  command in the interface config prompt.
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by:X_Help
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Yes it is all setup to my liking already, it was set up when I got this job so I didn't really have to do anything will it.... However I would like to enable those ports on the back... So you say above that I can turn them on using the "no shutdown" command in the interface config prompt???? so just use hyperterminal to get into it and then what??
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by:cmitri
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you can use HyperTerminal to connect, then type "enable". It will ask you for your password.  Then type "config t" to enter the terminal config mode. The commmand "interfaace ethernet0 no shutdown" will enable the ethernet0 interface. Repeat for any other interfaces you wish to enable. Then type "exit" to go back to terminal config modeand type "write mem" to save the config.
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So if I have 4 ports on the back would that indicate that ethernet0 is the first port and the second one would be ethernet1 and so on??
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When you're in the main config mode you can type "sh run" to see the running configuration, and you'll see all the interfaces there.
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