Solved

ASA 5505 upgrading from 8.0

Posted on 2013-06-20
7
436 Views
Last Modified: 2013-06-20
I am upgrading a ASA 5505 to a 5510. The 5505 is still at version 8.0. I want to know what the best an easiest way to get the config on the new ASA. I am not sure what version the new  5510 is at either, but I am assuming it would be best to get it up to the latest version once it's configured. Please correct me if i am wrong. There is not to much complicated configurations on the 5505 we are using 5 point to point tunnels and some fire wall rules is pretty much it. The main reason for the 5510 is to get the extra VLANS and for growth.

Thanks
  B
0
Comment
Question by:bnugent73
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 29

Expert Comment

by:Jan Springer
ID: 39264030
There are huge differences between 8.2 and 8.3 with regard to the use of inside address space in all references (to include outside ACLs), objects and with NAT.

Once you're used to the differences it's not hard but I would recommend do a stepped upgrade (after first backing up your initial configuration and then each configuration along the way):  first to 8.2, then 8.3.x and last 8.4.  Once you're satisfied with the new way to handle the configuration, it's not a big leap to go to later releases.  You still may need to do interim upgrades if going from one major release to another.

The only other consideration is memory.  You need sufficient room to store the image.
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Patrick Bogers
ID: 39264055
Hi,

 
I understand that you will be upgrading and migrating to a new ASA device.  The easiest way to upgrade the ASA would be to first go to 8.2 on your 5505.  Then upgrade your 5505 to 8.3.  You can then copy and paste but you will have to make sure that you adjust the interfaces and other things which are different between 5505 vs. 5510.     Also, Cisco  only recommend and support going from 8.2 to 8.3 due to the number of massive changes to the configuration.   I'll include a netpro doc link which has a lot of good information.  Upon loading up of the new 8.3 code, the configuration will be auto migrated.  I'll include a migration doc that you will need to read and understand as there are alot of changes to the code.

 
Its advisable to do this through the cli by following one of the docs available online.  Be sure also that your 5510 has the memory upgrade which is required for 8.3.

 
8.3 upgrade info:

https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-12690
 
8.3 migration info:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa83/upgrading/migrating.html

 
8.3 release notes with instructions to upgrade:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa83/release/notes/asarn83.html#wp452287
0
 

Author Comment

by:bnugent73
ID: 39264075
OK, I will upgrade the version, test it make sure everything is working like it should, do back ups to tftp before and after upgrades.
 How long should I let the version run before doing another upgrade, Like once I upgrade to 8.1? Should I upgrade to the new version and let it run for a few days to make sure it's working correctly and stable or try to hurry it up.
0
Visualize your virtual and backup environments

Create well-organized and polished visualizations of your virtual and backup environments when planning VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Veeam deployments. It helps you to gain better visibility and valuable business insights.

 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Patrick Bogers
ID: 39264139
Hi,
Yes, my compliments for thinking clearly, make sure the upgrade functions while doing production hours for a couple of days.
0
 
LVL 29

Accepted Solution

by:
Jan Springer earned 500 total points
ID: 39264248
It depends upon your time and resources for testing.

I had the resources to test during a maintenance window and was able to validate all of the configuration (ACLs, VPNs, static and dynamic NAT, etc) and so went from 8.0 to 8.4 during a single window.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:bnugent73
ID: 39264257
Thanks for the quick response.
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Patrick Bogers
ID: 39264266
thanks for mentioning all contributors in your reward.

good luck
0

Featured Post

Free NetCrunch network monitor licenses!

Only on Experts-Exchange: Sign-up for a free-trial and we'll send you your permanent license!

Here is what you get: 30 Nodes | Unlimited Sensors | No Time Restrictions | Absolutely FREE!

Act now. This offer ends July 14, 2017.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article will cover setting up redundant ISPs for outbound connectivity on an ASA 5510 (although the same should work on the 5520s and up as well).  It’s important to note that this covers outbound connectivity only.  The ASA does not have built…
Powerful tools can do wonders, but only in the right hands.  Nowhere is this more obvious than with the cloud.
Both in life and business – not all partnerships are created equal. As the demand for cloud services increases, so do the number of self-proclaimed cloud partners. Asking the right questions up front in the partnership, will enable both parties …
As a trusted technology advisor to your customers you are likely getting the daily question of, ‘should I put this in the cloud?’ As customer demands for cloud services increases, companies will see a shift from traditional buying patterns to new…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question