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Cisco ASDM vs CCP

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If I understand ASDM is a GUI interface used to configure ASA Firewall.
I would like to know if CCP is also used to configure ASA firewall or Router based firewall only.

is ASA firewall better than Router based firewall?
can CCP be used instead of ASDM to configure ASA Firewall ?

Any Expert to clear up the confusion?

Thank you
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by:Don Johnston
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ASDM is for the ASA
CCP is (roughly) the equivalent for routers.

is ASA firewall better than Router based firewall?
The ASA is a firewall.
A router is a... router.

As such, the ASA is a better firewall than a router and a router is a better router than a firewall.

That said, a router can perform a lot of the functions of an ASA and vice-versa. But not all and it's sometimes a lot more work.  A big issue is if you decide to go with the router based solution, you then find out that one feature which you really want isn't available on the router based solution.
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ASDM is only for ASA. CCP is only for routers.
CCP cannot be used for ASA, ASDM cannot be used for routers.
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by:jskfan
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So what is the usage of CCP? is it specifically to configure only Firewall functions on the Router, or it is to configure all the functions of the router, which means you do not need to know the command line of the router, such as configuring RIP,OSPF,BGP,MPLS,etc.........???
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I've only played around with it myself (and don't know anyone that has used it) but IMHO, its another attempt by Cisco to provide a GUI for the router so casual users don't have to use the CLI.

So I would expect there's some things you can't do with it.
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Like Don Johnson said, CCP doesn't have a lot of features that you can set through CLI. The only thing it works for, if you are using router for VPNs, you can monitor traffic. Everything else is easier to be done through CLI, if you have some CISCO experience. There are simple things you can configure through CCP, but personally I just don't like that GUI. ASDM for ASA is much better GUI than CCP is for routers. In my opinion Juniper has the best GUI, with pretty much everything you need to configure, you can do through web GUI. Cisco is lacking in this.
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OK...so what 's the strength of CCP ? as you described it , it  got to be rarely used.
does it have strength in monitoring traffic ?
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There is no strength for CCP.

It's just a GUI for people that don't have to do much to the router and don't want to learn the CLI.
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Thank you Guys !
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