TAC Security Podcast Episode #28 - The History of the PIX


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Episode Name: Episode 28 - The History of the PIX

Contributors:  David White Jr., Jay Johnston

Posting Date: June 7, 2012

Description: Jay and David discuss the history of the PIX platform. Topics include the different PIX hardware types, how the software changed over time, the motivation for some of the features that were added, and also how the history of the Firewall Services Module, PIX and ASA are intertwined.

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The Cisco TAC Security Podcast Series is created by Cisco TAC engineers. Each episode provides an in-depth technical discussion of Cisco product   security features, with emphasis on troubleshooting.

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Picture of PIX OS Floppy sent by @akant on twitter...new in packaging!

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PIX Hardware

Original PIX

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PIX Classic

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PIX 520

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PIX 515

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PIX 501

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PIX 506

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Adesh Gairola Mon, 06/18/2012 - 19:29
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Hi Guys,

I am not sure it’s just for me but when I click on Listen Now it takes this to episode #27 (IOS Embedded Event Manager (EEM)).

Please let me know if I am doing something wrong.



Maykol Rojas Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:04
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    Mejor Publicación, Diciembre del 2015

Ohh Finesse.... ....

Still, Pix 6.3 without the packet tracer tool or Asymetric Nat logs or RPF tools to check at the NAT configuration is really complicated.

Ohh not to mention the static NATs which actually remained there until you literally do a clear xlate.

Althou I have to say, great Box... it did/does everything you need it to.


james-worley Tue, 07/31/2012 - 01:10
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I have nightmare about the CLI in Os 4.x on PIX classic. Great boxes still working all these years later.

We still have an HA pair of 535s running our outside Internet edge.

Jay Johnston Mon, 08/20/2012 - 10:44
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     Thanks for writing in! I just submitted our next episode for posting, hopefully it will be up soon (within a week). Then we have another episode ready to go which I'll get into the system in early September.

Any specific topics you'd like us to cover?



bdonaldson Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:29
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I just started listening to your podcasts!  Especially love this one.  I've managed PIXs since having one of the original NTI PIX's starting in 1995, just before Cisco bought them.  Here is a photo of the table of contents of the Command Reference for version 2.6.  I have the book still.  Also have a letter from NTI informing us of the purchase by Cisco.  We are down to just one PIX left on our network, after moving to FWSMs and ASAs.  Thanks! - Bill


David White Wed, 01/23/2013 - 18:48
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Very cool!  Thanks for the pic.

Unfortunately for us, the PIX soon will be history, with End of Support rapidly approaching for the last supported appliances (July 2013).  It will be a sad day to say the least.

We (in the TAC) were talking the other day about what is the longest uptime we have seen on a customer device.  Wouldn't you know we saw a customer's PIX with an uptime of 9 years 26 days !

Yep, we're going to miss them...



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