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Is the ASA-SSM Hot Swappable

Can someone tell me if you can replace the ASA-SSM module in an ASA 5500 without powering down the ASA. Here is the steps in the hardware guide.

Replacing an ASA SSM 10/20

To replace an existing ASA SSM, perform the following steps:


Step 1 Enter the hw-mod mod 1 shut command in privileged EXEC mode. Verify if the module is down by checking the LEDs.

Step 2 Locate the grounding strap from the accessory kit and fasten it to your wrist so that it contacts your bare skin. Attach the other end to the chassis.

Step 3 Remove the two screws (as shown in Figure A-7) at the left rear end of the chassis, and remove the slot cover.

Step 4 Remove the ASA SSM. Set it aside.

Step 5 Replace the existing card by inserting the new ASA SSM through the slot opening.

Step 6 Attach the screws to secure the ASA SSM to the chassis.

Step 7 Power on the adaptive security appliance.

Step 8 Enter the hw-mod mod 1 reset command in privileged EXEC mode to reset the ASA SSM.

Step 9 Check the LEDs. If the ASA SSM is installed properly, the POWER LED is solid green and the STATUS LED flashes green.


Step 7 is to power on the device but there was no mention of powering it off.


Re: Is the ASA-SSM Hot Swappable

Even though it is not directly stated in ASA doc, the SSM module cannot be removed without shutting down the ASA.

Normal procedure is to shut down the module using the "hw-module module 1 shutdown" command. Then power-off the ASA before you remove the module.


Look under "Removing AIP SSM".



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