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Cisco ASA5505 Firewall (VPN)

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Hi,

I was wondering if someone could help me in setting up a VPN at home on my ASA5505 I really feel that I need a little extra security as I run my aquarium controller remotley online which only has a simple password security.
I would ideally like to setup a VPN and use it this way if possible for the simply reason is that it's more secure, also at a later date I would like to Add some PC based CCVT and eventually incorporate this into the VPN as well, primarily though is mainly for more security on my aquarium controller.

You guys in here are without a doubt the best I've found at problem solving my cisco setup at home.
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Question by:cannonz
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by:convergint
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The easiest way to do this is using the ASDM tool by Cisco to use the VPN wizards to configure things.  The CLI can be a pain in the ass unless you are very comfortable in Cisco CLI.
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by:cannonz
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I thought about taking that route but I'm a little unsure how to go about it to be honest.
As it seems you can set it up as client or server from what I gather.
Also is there a way I can backup my running-config to usb incase I screw things up so I can restore it.
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by:robertmparten
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You can:

copy running-config tftp

That will allow you to save the config to a TFTP server where you can also download it to USB as well.

I am still a little confused as to what you want to do. Are you looking to form an IPSEC tunnel with another statically configured device?

OR

Are you looking to setup "remote access" from a machine that can be on any given address, (coffee shop, mall, school etc)?
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by:cannonz
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I was initially wanting to have a more secure setup to my remote access for my aquarium controller but to be honest now after speaking to several users of the aquarium controller I don't really feel there will be a security issue if I make a secure username and password for logging in to it, as to date there has being no known issues with anyone else using it.

With regards to setting up a tftp server I will do this and copy from there to a usb it's just that I managed to copy my router config directly to usb I thought there would be a similar option for the firewall as well.

Thanks for you help.
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by:Henk van Achterberg
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in the ASDM you can also find a backup configuration option.
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amatson78 earned 167 total points
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What device are you going to setup the VPN too? Another ASA firewall? The step by step guide works well but if you have two different vendors it can be tricky.
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