Replacing Compact Flash on a Cisco ASA 5550 device


I need to build an action plan for a Compact Flash upgrade on a running ASA5550 machine.
We do have a compact flash and a reader . unfortunately I didn't find anything useful from Cisco site Our ASA runs 8.2(5)48

- What would be a preferred method ?  should we format FAT32 or only FAT16 or insert and format using ASA ?

- Is it possible to insert the new CF into ASA as a user CF and transfer files between old and new CFs and then use user CF as a system compact flash ?

- If we use CF reader ; Is it easier to transfer via TFTP or we should first mount old CF and copy all files off that and then copy to new CF ?

- should we make the flash card bootable ? or just formatting with FAT16 is sufficient ?
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Needs to be formatted as FAT16  - so you will have a 2GB Limit. (some people report that they have lager CF dives, but 2GB is more than enough the biggest image your going to put on it is about 30Mb!!!)
Make sure you keep a backup of your activation key before you do anything! (issue a 'show version' and copy all the licenced features and most importantly the activation key)
Make sure you copy the 'hidden' files from the source CF card.
When 'up' with the new card, issue a show version command check that you have the correct licensed features from the copy you made earlier.
If NOT simply re-enable them with the activation key you copied earlier.

Obviously this invalidates your warranty and and if your under smartnet you can Get Cisco to replace it for you.



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akhalighiAuthor Commented:
Thanks Pete

do we need to make it bootable ? or just FAT16 is okay ?
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
No :) and Yes :)
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