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Ask the Expert: Configuring and Troubleshooting remote access SSL VPN on Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance

Lisa Latour
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This an opportunity to learn about Cisco SSL VPN  feature, clientless VPN and Anyconnect remote access client with Mohammad Alhyari.

Monday, April 27th, 2015  to Friday, May 8th, 2015

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Mohammad Alhyari is a customer support engineer at the Cisco Technical assistance center in Krakow, Poland. CCIE security #35093 with over 5 years of experience in the security team. Mohammed's area of expertise is security, including VPN, SSL VPN, and IPSEC VPN on the Cisco IOS and Cisco ASA platforms.


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Hi Flavio ,

Thanks for sharing your problem here . I really apologize that i can't recommend a version for you as I'm not aware of you network needs and infrastructure . However if you look at the release notes for 9.4 you can see the list of open/resolved bugs and the new features here:


For your question about the DAP policies configuration  . It saved into two places :

DAP.xml file  : contains selection attributes . (stored in the flash)

Dynamic access policy records in the config that contains the authorization attributes . and you can see it in the conig of the ASA .

Here is a procedure you can use to copy the dap from one ASA to another ASA :

1) save the production ASA config and dap.xml to a remote ftp/tftp server .

within ASDM you can select :

Tools > backup config --> SSL vpn config -- > check DAP  // this will save the dap.xml file 

2)On the new ASA :

Delete the dap.xml if exists .

Use this command to clear the DAP records :

clear cofnigure dynamic-access-policy-records 


3) copy the original dap.xml file to the new ASA .

4)copy the running config from the original ASA to the new ASA (specially the dynamic-access-policy-record part).

5)Enable the DAP on the new ASA :

dynamic-access-policy-config activate"

6) Close ASDM and open it again .





Hi Mohammad, first of all, I would like to thank you for taking your time to answer the question. 

My question is more about design or best practices for AnyConnect VPN deployment. Our company recently bought 3 5545-x with Apex license installed on them. The plane is to install them in 3 different (geography) locations, one on each site.

Business requirement is - if the closest VPN gateway fails for some reasons, client seamlessly or at lest with minimum traffic interruption connect to the next nearest available VPN gateway. So is OGS (Optimal Gateway Selection) the only option we are looking to do so or is there any other better suggestions?



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