Hello all -
We often have to configure firewalls (almost exclusively ASA 5505s at the moment) for our sales offices all over the country. When we order a new one, it comes to us here at the helpdesk for us to configure and then ship out to wherever it needs to go. I was wondering if there was a way to get into the Management console of these devices (that are still at factory defaults) without the need to use the management cable. It just seems silly that we still need to use a serial port for technology that is created in 2011. I have to keep a 6 year old laptop laying around here just for that purpose.
Now, I know that I could telnet into the device and even get to the ADSM using an ethernet cable. But I still have to turn those settings on, and the only way to do that (that I know of) is to connect to the management console with the serial cable.
I've done some searches on this topic, but haven't found anything to address this particular issue. So to summarize, can I get into the management console via some other means than a serial port when the device is still at factory defaults?