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Step-by-Step Configuration and Troubleshooting Best Practices for the NGFW, NGIPS and AMP Technologies A Visual Guide to the Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD)
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ASA Software - 7.x or 8.x?

With IOS, I'm accustomed to looking at releases and choosing one that is GD(General Deployment), avoiding LD releases or other special branches. With the ASA software, I can't find anything specifying whether it is considered ready for general deployment. I have a new firewall to put in place, and I'm wondering if I should bring it up to 8.x(It shipped with 7.06) before I deploy, just to eliminate an upgrade cycle.

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Re: ASA Software - 7.x or 8.x?

I have been very happy with 8.0(2) code and 6.0(2) on both PIXes (well 515+) and ASAs.

There are some newer scanning threat detsction possibilities with the newer software, I have currently been watching these with an alert action as opposed to a drop action. I havent quite decided if I like the IPS capabilities just yet.

Although I really dislike monitoring a device from the device as I would rather use SNMP and some type of monitoring package, the ADSM 6.0(2) code really gives you some nice charts and graphs that may assist with trouble shooting. I really think the charts and graphs are there to give management personel something to watch.

I would upgrade the unit before production.


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Re: ASA Software - 7.x or 8.x?

Defintiely get off 7.0 and at least go with 7.2 minimum, in regards to 8.x, I have it run on many of my customers ASA's with no problems to date, the GUI is better for sure IMO but CLI is my preferred way.

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