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Upgrading FO Pix 515e

Quick silly question. We just purchase an FO cisco pix 515e that we want to deploy, and reading the requirments it says the boxes need to be in synch with software version. Our current firewall is running pix 7.0(5) and the new FO box is runnign pix 6.3(5). I have tried the standard upgrade, but the default config does not allow it to talk to anything on the inside interface (stock factory config of Is there any way i can upgrade this box to the appropiate software version without physical access to the primary (it is in NJ, and I am in MA). Any help would be greatly appreciated..

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e


did you mean you that you can't access inside interface (

you can configure other interface like e1 and assign IP address and connect your laptop through cross cable with

this is what do you face ?

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

I mean I can configure the int 0 or 1 or whatever to anything i desire, but it will not communicate to my tftp server no matter what interface i connect and configure for this. I cannot ping any interface, even if i put in the apply all. I think this could be because these are FO licensed firewalls, but my question then is how do i flash them to the matching firmware if the UR's i am connecting them to are running 7.0(5)

Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

Hi .. are you sure the interfaces are enabled .. please be aware that you need to type in the following in order to get the interfaces enabled.

interface ethernet0 100full

interface ethernet1 100full

Then you can assign an IP address ( if it does not have already ).

Then you can connect to the inside interface which is the one that has security 100. by using a cross over cable. Make sure your laptop also has an Ip address on the same range.

Then you can copy the new image by tftp

NOTE: If you are still having problems accessing the PIX .. you can try creating an access list that allows all IP traffic and apply it to the inside interface.

access-list PERMIT_ALL permit ip any any

access-group PERMIT_ALL in interface inside.

I hope it helps ... please rate it if it does !!1

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

Well i tried what you suggested, I had done the same before, but wanted to give your suggestion a shot since i might have typoed something and still no love. I cannot ping from int 1 at all. The only way i have been able to flash is via monitor mode, but to finish the process i need to copy the image to the flash before the next reboot or it will get caught into a boot cycle. Below is the config from the box, (it is the stock factory config), if anyone could either confirm a process that works or just say that i need to plug it into the primary before i can do this I would be very appreciative.

interface ethernet0 100full

interface ethernet1 100full

interface ethernet2 auto shutdown

interface ethernet3 auto shutdown

interface ethernet4 auto shutdown

interface ethernet5 auto shutdown

nameif ethernet0 outside security0

nameif ethernet1 inside security100

nameif ethernet2 intf2 security4

nameif ethernet3 intf3 security6

nameif ethernet4 intf4 security8

nameif ethernet5 intf5 security10

enable password xxxx

passwd xxxx

hostname pixfirewall

fixup protocol dns maximum-length 512

fixup protocol ftp 21

fixup protocol h323 h225 1720

fixup protocol h323 ras 1718-1719

fixup protocol http 80

fixup protocol rtsp 554

fixup protocol sip 5060

fixup protocol sip udp 5060

fixup protocol skinny 2000

fixup protocol smtp 25

fixup protocol sqlnet 1521

fixup protocol tftp 69


access-list PERMIT_ALL permit ip any any

pager lines 24

mtu outside 1500

mtu inside 1500

mtu intf2 1500

mtu intf3 1500

mtu intf4 1500

mtu intf5 1500

no ip address outside

ip address inside

no ip address intf2

no ip address intf3

no ip address intf4

no ip address intf5

ip audit info action alarm

no failover

failover timeout 0:00:00

failover poll 15

no failover ip address outside

no failover ip address inside

no failover ip address intf2

no failover ip address intf3

no failover ip address intf4

no failover ip address intf5

pdm logging informational 100

pdm history enable

arp timeout 14400

access-group PERMIT_ALL in interface inside

timeout xlate 3:00:00

timeout conn 1:00:00 half-closed 0:10:00 udp 0:02:00 rpc 0:10:00 h225 1:00:00

timeout h323 0:05:00 mgcp 0:05:00 sip 0:30:00 sip_media 0:02:00

timeout sip-disconnect 0:02:00 sip-invite 0:03:00

timeout uauth 0:05:00 absolute

aaa-server TACACS+ protocol tacacs+

aaa-server TACACS+ max-failed-attempts 3

aaa-server TACACS+ deadtime 10

aaa-server RADIUS protocol radius

aaa-server RADIUS max-failed-attempts 3

aaa-server RADIUS protocol radius

aaa-server RADIUS max-failed-attempts 3

aaa-server RADIUS deadtime 10

aaa-server LOCAL protocol local

http server enable

http inside

no snmp-server location

no snmp-server contact

snmp-server community public

no snmp-server enable traps

floodguard enable

telnet timeout 5

ssh timeout 5

console timeout 0

dhcpd address inside

dhcpd lease 3600

dhcpd ping_timeout 750

dhcpd auto_config outside

dhcpd enable inside

terminal width 80


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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

Hi .. by looking at the config .. you don't need to connect it to the Primary Pix as failover is not enabled. you sould be able to connect your laptop to the ethernet1 port and get a dynamic IP address on the range. Can you make sure the cable you use to plug in DIRECTLY is cross over and also you might need to hard code the speed and duplex on your laptop to 100 / full. Use a console connection while at the same time you connect by LAN cable to the PIX and see the status of the e1 interface ...

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

That is what I though, I plug in my laptop via crossover and can flash via monitor (but cannot) get the image copied over via tftp, the interface does not get DHCP address or anything. I hard code it and windows says there is a link and there are physical link lites on the cisco and the laptop and still i get nothing. I am really stumped on this..

Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

using your console session .. do a show int command on the PIX while connected to the e1 int. what is the status .. Also have you check whether you have a personal firewall enabled on your laptop ..?

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

If I do a show int the line shows as up and up. Initally it was administrativly down, but assigning the auto brought it up. Firewall has been completely disabled on my machine, and confirmed i can launch a tftp client from another machine even.

Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

mm ... so you hardcoded 100 FULL on both sides and it did not work but when you configured it to auto then the interface come up right ..? mm have you tried using a different laptop or perhaps connecting them by a switch /hub instead .. I am just thinking perhaps some incompatibility between the NICs .. negotiation problem ..

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

Tried both, neither worked, tried my desktop switch and still got nothing. I am thinking it is going to have to be plugged into a none fo model 515e for me to do anything which means downtime and a trip to the datacenter.

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

Hi If you have PDM access you can do a remote upgrade via the browser

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

would love to but cannot access the interface at all via ping, telnet, anything.. I know i am just missing something here

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e


three days ago i faced the i same problem,

i actually tried to set another interface like e3

set different ip subnet and connect it to the switch.

and successfully could upgrade the image.

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

I will try that thanks.... did not think of that option..

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

We just upgraded a Pix 515e from 6.3 to 7.2.1. This upgrade must be performed in monitor mode on a 515e that is loaded with the standard PDM and 6.3 image.

If you need to do it remotely, you will have to get to a laptop connected to the monitor port and be able to issue the ctrl-break or Esc command to boot it into monitor mode to upgrade it.

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

I was able to get it to upgrade via monitor mode, but the upgrade docs says you then need to copy via tftp to the flash before the next reboot or the box will get caught in a reboot loop upon next reload. So are you saying the proper steps are

1 - flash via monitor

2 - connect via pigtail to primary pix

3 - then tftp the config

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Re: Upgrading FO Pix 515e

Well I finally got this problem solve, I am an inditiot for not thinking about this before. I just needed to type "failover active" to force the boxes into active mode and then it worked just fine.

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