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Multi Context - limiting connection resources


I have setup a class-map to limit the number of connections for each separate contexts. I'm seeing an issue after applying it where the threshold is exceeding: "Drop-reason: (rm-conn-limit) RM connection limit reached"; however, the show resource usage shows the current and peak is no way near reaching the limit, only showing a couple of connections.

Version 9.1(4)

class default

  limit-resource All 0

  limit-resource Mac-addresses 65535

  limit-resource ASDM 5

  limit-resource SSH 5

  limit-resource Telnet 5

  limit-resource Conns 0

class FW-GEN

  limit-resource Conns 300000

class FW-EC

  limit-resource Conns 300000

class FW-MAIN

  limit-resource Conns 300000

class FW-MARK

  limit-resource Conns 300000

class FW-PCI

  limit-resource Conns 300000


  limit-resource Conns 100000

class FW-LAB

  limit-resource VPN Other 10

  limit-resource Conns 300000

Resource                 Current        Peak      Limit        Denied Context

SSH                            1           2          5             0 admin

ASDM                           0           4          5             0 admin

Conns                          3           7  unlimited             0 admin

Hosts                          3           7  unlimited             0 admin

Inspects [rate]                0           7  unlimited             0 admin

Routes                         2           2  unlimited             0 admin

Conns                          0          40      99000             0 BUBBLE

Hosts                          0          32  unlimited             0 BUBBLE

Conns [rate]                   0         125  unlimited             0 BUBBLE

Inspects [rate]                0          25  unlimited             0 BUBBLE

Mac-addresses                  0           2      65535             0 BUBBLE

SSH                            0           2          5             0 LAB

Syslogs [rate]                 0         147  unlimited             0 LAB

Conns                          2         178     299000         22830 LAB

Xlates                         3         423  unlimited             0 LAB

Hosts                          3          72  unlimited             0 LAB

Conns [rate]                   0         250  unlimited             0 LAB

Inspects [rate]                0          67  unlimited             0 LAB

Routes                         9          10  unlimited             0 LAB

Other VPN Sessions            43          45         10             2 LAB

Other VPN Burst                0           1          0             0 LAB

Packet-Tracert input inside


input-interface: inside

input-status: up

input-line-status: up

output-interface: outside

output-status: up

output-line-status: up

Action: drop

Drop-reason: (rm-conn-limit) RM connection limit reached

Is there anything else I can check to see why the connection limit is being reached?

Cisco Employee

Multi Context - limiting connection resources


Has to be a new/Existing bug.

Please send me a message, if you need to solve this right away, go ahead and open a ticket.



I am having the exact same

I am having the exact same problem with ASA 5555 9.4, any updates on this?

New Member

- Make sure you have upgraded

- Make sure you have upgraded to the latest version of ASA, SFR and FMC versions

- Make sure you do not have have not set unlimited connection timeouts on the Inside-Interface

- Make sure you have left Inside-Interface Per-client-max = 0 (default) , Per-client-embryonic-max = 0 (default) and Idle= 0 (default)

That Solved the Problem For me!

New Member

Multi Context - limiting connection resources

limit on conn resources depend upon which hardware model you are using

this ( ) shows table per hardware.

I am also interested to know if this is bug in the OS.


New Member

Multi Context - limiting connection resources

I have opened up a ticket. I'll keep everyone posted on the findings.

The ASA hardware is a pair of 5585x SSP40 and it's not in production. We are only testing this in the LAB using multi context with a policy to restrict the number of connections so in case where one context gets overwhelmed, it won't affect the others. Looking for a simple class policy to apply to each context.



Cisco Employee

Multi Context - limiting connection resources

Looks like a new one. I found the ticket. Will keep an eye on it.