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How to setup IPSec VPN on a Cisco ASA 5505

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I will be purchasing a Cisco ASA 5505 router for a client who will be connecting to a Datacenter via RDC thur a VPN connection tunnel. The Datacenter already has the identical router that I will be connecting to.

Currently I have a working Netgear FVS 338 VPN Firewall router already connected and working fine. We are experiencing hic-ups with this router due to possible SA Life settings. Although I have an RMA for the Netgear router, the client felt more comfortable getting the Cisco as a replacement

I have a great deal of experience setting up an IPSec version 1 VPN tunnel on Netgear Enterprise products. However, I have very little experience with Cisco products. As a matter of fact, the last Cisco router I worked on was a Cisco 1700.

My question:
Although the Datacenter will help me with connection issues, they will not help me configure the router without a cost.
- I need to setup an IPSec VPN tunnel "Box to Box" with the basic settings using "Aggressive Mode" and SA Life 28880. Can someone provide screenshots or make recommendation to help me configure this router? The datacenter tells me to use the same settings as I have in my Netgear FVS 338 router. I can do that but not sure how to do so on the Cisco. Most datacenters don’t use the GUI interface. As a matter of fact, I'm told I need to enable "ASDM" to use the GUI. I really don’t know what ASDM is. Any help would be appreciated with providing – what’s supposed to be a simple configuration.
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Exllent  articles about  ASDM and ASA 5505
it is very easy to configure
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http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps5855/products_configuration_example09186a0080a9a7a3.shtml
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa84/asdm64/configuration_guide/vpn_asdm_setup.html
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Cisco ASA Client VPN (Local Database)
http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000070.htm
also see.............
Cisco ASA5500 AnyConnect SSL VPN
http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000069.htm
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