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Hi,

I am new to Cisco but have obtained a Cisco ASA 5505 for testing purposes in our lab and would like to know how I can backup the configuration and bin files for both the Cisco IOS image and ADSM version from the Cisco Router to my PC.

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Tahir Ahmed
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by:tflai
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To copy from a TFTP/FTP/HTTP server, enter the following command:

hostname# copy tftp://server[/path]/filename {flash:/ | disk0:/ |
disk1:/}[path/]filename

copy the cisco asdm and ios files to your backup location


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by:Tahir2008
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I want to copy all data and files from the Cisco ASA 5505 to my PC.

I don't want to upload anything to the Cisco ASA 5505, my understanding was that the command you have pasted is to copy data to the Cisco ASA 5505.
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by:Ernie Beek
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And you can use it the other way around to copy data from the asa :)
So, copy flash: tftp: etc.
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by:Tahir2008
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Can you provide me with the exact steps and what is a good TFTP server to use to achieve this?

Also I noticed it says on your post EE Mobile, is this an Experts Exchange iPhone App?
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by:Ernie Beek
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Normally I use the solarwinds one or the one from kiwi:
http://www.solarwinds.com/products/freetools/free_tftp_server.aspx
http://www.kiwisyslog.com/kiwi-cattools-overview/

The best way to do a complete backup is through the asdm (that includes certificates 'n stuff). Give me a sec and i'll find some links.

And, no iPhone here. I have a custom installed HTC HD2 with a rooted Android :) when I go to EE it switches to the mobile web page.
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by:Ernie Beek
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First link. I think this is a good one (and you don't even need tftp for that :)

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa83/asdm63/configuration_guide/admin_swconfig.html#wp1243681
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by:Tahir2008
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Ernie, I dont have backup configurations as an option in ASDM manager under tools. Any other methods which are as simple as described? I am using ASDM 5.2
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by:Ernie Beek
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Ouch....
Try to get your hands on some newer images.
And if you can't, we're back to the copy stuff.

Let's see, first have a look at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/vpndevc/ps2030/products_tech_note09186a008072142a.shtml
I think that might help you to get an idea how to do this.
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by:Tahir2008
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I dont have a valid Cisco support contract at the moment and am in the middle of talking to a partner to see if I can get some prices. I am using this one for testing and learning and as I dont know much and dont have a valid contract for the latest images this is the reason for the backup of the existing images and data off the current router.
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Ernie Beek earned 2000 total points
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Ok,then for now try the tftp copy (as posted). See if that works for you, if not, let me know and we'll see how we can get this working for you.
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by:Tahir2008
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Thanks Ernie.. will update you tomorrow. Is it still safe to use those commands on an ASA when the guide says PIX?
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by:Ernie Beek
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Yes it is. It's more about the software (which works on both the hardwares, asa and pix). Cisco uses that a lot (both asa and pix).

So I'll see you tomorrow :)
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by:Ernie Beek
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So tomorrow it was not.

Any luck? Had any time? Need any more help?
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by:Tahir2008
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Sorry ernie,

As this is only for a test lab I have not had much time to look at this and get back to you but it is on my list of things to do and I will get to it hopefully at the end of the week. :)
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by:Ernie Beek
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No problem, I'll be here :)
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by:Tahir2008
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Hi ernie,

I looked over the information you provided and as I have very little experience I am not too sure what the exact command is. I have downloaded the Cisco TFTP server which connects as I have managed to use the copy running config command and it downloaded a file.

Would you be able to tell me the exact command to write to backup the image files and adsm version from the device to the TFTP?
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by:Tahir2008
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Hi Ernie,

I actually figured it out thanks, I found this helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g4E2n1tJFw
and http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps233/products_tech_note09186a00800a6744.shtml

but in the end I downloaded the Cisco TFTP loaded up the ADSM and selected the source files on the flash through the file management facility in the ADSM and then uploaded to my TFTP.

Thanks for all the help.
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