Manage 300 ASAs

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Aug 13th, 2008

I have 300 connected sites the head office, through VPN. All of the sites use Cisco ASA. And now I need a software to manage all these equipments (monitor and configure). What can use?

Correct Answer by Farrukh Haroon about 8 years 6 months ago

You definitely have to look at the CSM for 'management' of 300 ASAs. CiscoWorks does not offer much in terms of day to day management tasks and security policy management (It is not meant for this anyway).


Regards


Farrukh

Correct Answer by andrew.burns about 8 years 6 months ago

Hi,


The base product support's 50 devices but CSM can be licensed to support 1000's of devices.


HTH

Andrew.


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andrew.burns Fri, 08/15/2008 - 01:02

Hi,


The base product support's 50 devices but CSM can be licensed to support 1000's of devices.


HTH

Andrew.


andre.ortega Fri, 08/15/2008 - 03:29

Hi,


Where you see this information??

Do you have a link?

Regards,

André Ortega

Ciscoworks LMS v3.1 can do that for you. It supports ASA configuration management in RME, monitoring via DFM and/or HUM and IPM.


Here are the current OID's for ASA's that are supported:


1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.670

1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.671

1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.773

1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.669

1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.745

1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.673

1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.672

1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.763

1.3.6.1.4.1.9.1.753



You can also use RANCID, but you're on your own for support.



Correct Answer
Farrukh Haroon Tue, 08/19/2008 - 22:44

You definitely have to look at the CSM for 'management' of 300 ASAs. CiscoWorks does not offer much in terms of day to day management tasks and security policy management (It is not meant for this anyway).


Regards


Farrukh

andre.ortega Wed, 08/20/2008 - 08:29

Thanks all,


One more question: Do CSM do link and vpn monitor?

If a link or VPN go down, do the CSM generate a alarm?

Farrukh Haroon Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:31

CSM is more of a security management software. It can monitor VPNs for sure. It comes with Cisco Performance Manager for such tasks.


Links are more the domain of CiscoWorks LMS DFM component.


Regards


Farrukh

cisco24x7 Wed, 08/20/2008 - 16:00

Farrukh,


Is this something you have first hand knowledge of? I am curious how many CSM

deployment you have done so far? What kind

of hardware did you run CSM on? How many

devices did you manage from CSM? How complex

were the rule base? How do you handle global

rules, administration?


Regards,

Farrukh Haroon Wed, 08/20/2008 - 18:50

I really don't get your question. Is it like 'Why' CSM was recommended' or is it 'Can it really do what you state' type of question?


Even tough I know your reaction is from one of my other posts on another thread, but lets keep it professional :)


Regards


Farrukh

cisco24x7 Wed, 08/20/2008 - 19:05

sorry if I offended you. It was not my intention to do so.


My question is why do you recommend Cisco CSM?

Is that something you have extensive experiences

with? Did you have positive experiences with

this product?


CSM has left a bitter taste in my mouth. I

wasted three months eval it and it was nothing

but trouble.

Farrukh Haroon Wed, 08/20/2008 - 19:22

No I don't feel offended at all. :)


Nah I don't recommend it, I was just responding to the original thread. However I'm still in the process of evaluating it. I have worked with LMS extensively tough.


I agree that there has been a lot of negative feedback about CSM in various circles, but I heard it has improved now? In fact there is news/rumour for some major announcements from Cisco pertaining to Security Management.


Regards


Farrukh

cisco24x7 Wed, 08/20/2008 - 19:33

I don't think CSM is getting any better.

It has gotten worse. I just wasted

8 hours last week installing CSM 3.2 on my

Win2k3 server. After that installing CSM

3.2, I tried to install Performance Monitor

module on top of CSM 3.2, it refused to

install. Getting better, I think not :-(


Regards,

David

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