ASA 5505 - Password

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Mar 25th, 2013
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Hi There,

I am new with ASA devices

I have a ASA 5505, the former IT manager does not remember the password of it. I am just wondering do I lose the configuration on it if I reset the

password?

if yes, how can I download the configuration before resetting the password.


and how can I upload the downloaded configuration


Thank you in advance for your time

Correct Answer by Jouni Forss about 3 years 12 months ago

Hi,


This Cisco document should detail the steps for Password Recovery.


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa72/configuration/guide/trouble.html#wp1058131


Basically what this does is

  • It boots the ASA without configuration
  • When its booted up you copy the original configuration to the ASA
  • Since you have already booted the ASA and have a management access to it copying the old configuration from the startup to the running configuration wont effect your management connection (in other words you will not be prompted to autenticate)
  • In between you should be able to use the typical show commands to get the configuration copied to Notepad or even send it to tftp server I guess


There are several guides online or even videos on Youtube which go through the process more clearly than the simply section of Cisco document I linked above.


You shouldnt loose your configuration unless you somehow manage to overwrite it


- Jouni

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Jouni Forss Mon, 03/25/2013 - 13:31
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Hi,


This Cisco document should detail the steps for Password Recovery.


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa72/configuration/guide/trouble.html#wp1058131


Basically what this does is

  • It boots the ASA without configuration
  • When its booted up you copy the original configuration to the ASA
  • Since you have already booted the ASA and have a management access to it copying the old configuration from the startup to the running configuration wont effect your management connection (in other words you will not be prompted to autenticate)
  • In between you should be able to use the typical show commands to get the configuration copied to Notepad or even send it to tftp server I guess


There are several guides online or even videos on Youtube which go through the process more clearly than the simply section of Cisco document I linked above.


You shouldnt loose your configuration unless you somehow manage to overwrite it


- Jouni

Amir Eskandari Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:40
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Hi Jouni,

Thank you so much for your reply. Actually I have tried the procedure on my other ASA 5505 as a test and it worked but I do not want to create a mess in my real network. until I have to.

any way thank you so much for your time

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