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I have very basic limited knowledge of working on an ASA but would like to learn more to the point of Cisco ASA certification.
I do not haev an ASA to access. Does anyone know where I can get an ASA simulator and lab practice, whether it follows the exam or not?
Any recommendations or suggestions? Thanks.
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http://www.gns3.net/

This is pretty much the best alternative available.
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Expanding on the above, there are ASA images you can run in gns3, but require some set up.
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Does it come with lab exercises? Wouldnt serve much good if there wasnt anything to follow.
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There are external resources if you're looking for labs.

http://gns3vault.com/

http://www.gns3-labs.com/

Just a couple of examples.
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unfortunately you need to ddownload the asa ios but not having a license, how is that possible?

After researching for most of the day I'm surprised that there is a limited amount of material to actually help pass the exam. I thought Cisco would have provided a free simulator and lab exercises. But when I searched the internet I just find bits and pieces everywhere trying to put it all together. I cant even download the ASA ios from Cisco website since I didnt purchase it so I can use it for GNS3 as an emulator. I can easily purchase a simulator from different websites but I'm not sure if they are designed to help you pass the exam or have the right modules to learn whats really needed.
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If you look hard enough, you can find the ASA images out there. Search ASA on GNS3, but, you're right. Wait until you get to the CCNP Security track and try and study for the IPS exam without access to a physical ASA with IPS installed. Like you mentioned, besides renting rack time, there are other simulators offered.
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You've enumerated some points of frustration that are shared by thousands upon thousands of people. It's a bit of a Catch-22 for motivated learners like yourself...you want to practice so you can configure the gear effectively and pass the cert so you can configure the gear for others as a job, but you're not allowed to practice without paying for the privilege. Fun, right?
Good luck in your search.
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