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Copy config from Cisco ASA 5510 to 5512-x

Posted on 2014-07-22
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Hello Experts,

I am currently running an ASA 5510 with version 8.2(5) as my network firewall.  I have acquired an ASA 5512-x, and would like to configure it on the side using the same config that I currently have.  I am aware that the rules structure is different as of version 8.3.  While I am used to configuring rules via the CLI and do have ASDM, I have never done an initial setup out of the box, nor dealt with the security licenses, vpn setup, etc.

I would appreciate any advice/insight on how best to proceed with this.

Thanks!
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by:Jan Springer
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Downgrade the 5512 to 8.2(5)

Copy the configuration.

Upgrade to 8.3.  The upgrade will convert the configuration for you.  You will want to go back and clean out the old 8.2 stuff.  I would recommend at least one more upgrade to 8.4 as there were modest changes there and do at least 8.6 if not v9.
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by:Pete Long
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^^ Agreed - I'd upgrade the 5510 - but the effect is the same :)

PL
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by:Jan Springer
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I have upgraded production ASAs from 8.2 to 8.3 and later but short of re-writing the configuration, this seams a simpler solution with minimal downtime to the network.
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by:lor1974
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Thanks for the replies.  According to the documentation, the 5512 does not support anything under 8.6.
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Jan Springer earned 500 total points
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Then you have two options:

1) upgrade the 5510 to 8.3 then 8.4 then 8.6 and copy the configuration to the 5512.
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2) learn the new way of doing NAT and using objects and apply the manually converted configuration to the 5512.
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That's what I figured.  I am going to go with option 2.
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