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What do I need to recover an ASA image that has been erased?

I have an ASA 5510 firewall that when it boots it says that the boot image is missing. This firewall was giving to me just recently so I don’t have a previous backup. The person who gave it to me doesn’t even know what a firewall is. This firewall will not be used for production, but for learning and testing. What do I need to do in order to recover/restore the image back in to the firewall?

Thanks!

 

"Launching BootLoader...
Default configuration file contains 1 entry.

Searching / for images to boot.

Error 28: Selected item cannot fit into memory

unable to boot an image"

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Hall of Fame Super Silver

Th bootloader you see is in

The bootloader you see is in rommon, a pre-boot environment that most Cisco devices have based on Read Only Memory (ROM - thus the name ROM Monitor or rommon).

If its an old 5510 it probably doesn't have the necessary memory upgrade to run software post-8.2, so you will need to locate an ASA 8.2 image. If you have an active support contract for an ASA, you should be able to download an image here. asa825-k8.bin would be the preferred image in your case.

With a system software image in hand, you can then follow the procedure to load it onto the ASA and boot from there. That procedure is documented in the ASA 8.2 CLI Configuration Guide. You basically tell rommon to tftp that file to your ASA disk0 (internal compact flash or CF) and then boot from that.

There is an external CF slot and you can load the file onto that as well and boot from it. It is known as disk1: to the file system but I very seldom see it used. While there are two USB ports, they are not supported as a boot source in the 5500 series. The 5500-X series added this capability.

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I am not an expert on ASA but

I am not an expert on ASA but I remembered seeing ASA 5500 with USB ports.  If your appliance do have USB port(s) then you can boot the firmware via USB. 


Alternatively, ASA 5510 (if memory serves me correctly) also comes with an external CF slot.  You can also boot the firmware using an external CF.

Hall of Fame Super Silver

Th bootloader you see is in

The bootloader you see is in rommon, a pre-boot environment that most Cisco devices have based on Read Only Memory (ROM - thus the name ROM Monitor or rommon).

If its an old 5510 it probably doesn't have the necessary memory upgrade to run software post-8.2, so you will need to locate an ASA 8.2 image. If you have an active support contract for an ASA, you should be able to download an image here. asa825-k8.bin would be the preferred image in your case.

With a system software image in hand, you can then follow the procedure to load it onto the ASA and boot from there. That procedure is documented in the ASA 8.2 CLI Configuration Guide. You basically tell rommon to tftp that file to your ASA disk0 (internal compact flash or CF) and then boot from that.

There is an external CF slot and you can load the file onto that as well and boot from it. It is known as disk1: to the file system but I very seldom see it used. While there are two USB ports, they are not supported as a boot source in the 5500 series. The 5500-X series added this capability.

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Thank you. I don't have an

Thank you. I don't have an active support contract so I guess I'm out of luck.

Thank you for your time.

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You're welcome.Please rate

You're welcome.

Please rate any answers that help.

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