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Manage 300 ASAs

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?

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Re: Manage 300 ASAs

Hi,

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

HTH

Andrew.

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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

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Re: Manage 300 ASAs

Please see the below link. It might be useful.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6498/index.html

hth

MS

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

Thanks,

but this product support only 50 devices.

Best Regards.

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

Hi,

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

HTH

Andrew.

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

Hi,

Where you see this information??

Do you have a link?

Regards,

André Ortega

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

Hi,

If you look at this bulletin under the section on Licensing you'll get the info you need:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps5739/ps6498/product_bulletin_c25-458676.html

To quote:

"The Professional version supports incremental device license packages available in increments of 50, 100, 500, and 1000 devices."

HTH

Andrew.

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Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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.

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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?

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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

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Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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,

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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

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Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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.

Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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

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Re: Manage 300 ASAs

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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