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Reimaged ASA to FTD on ASA5506x - Firepower Device Manager won't load


I have attempted to reimage a lab ASA5506x to the FTD image. The upgrade process completed but with errors. Those errors are shown at the bottom of this post.

The system boots to the FTD image and even put me through the initial setup configuration on the CLI console. Once setup is complete I can ssh to the FTD system and run CLI commands. But when I try to browse to it using https there is a problem. I'm first shown the Firepower Device Manager login screen and after I login the page directs to me to but is entirely blank. The easy setup page does not load at all.

This is a lab 5506x that does not have FMC. We want to use the standalone version of Firepower Device Manager to manage this system.

I feel like without webaccess to the FTD the system is useless as I don't think you can do much at the CLI. Does anyone know what I can do to troubleshoot this?

Executing S09database-init                                            [  OK  ]
Executing S11database-populate                                        [FAILED]
Executing S12install_infodb                                           [FAILED]
Executing                                            [  OK  ]
Executing                                         [FAILED]
Executing S19cert-tun-init                                            [  OK  ]
Executing S20cert-init                                                [  OK  ]
Executing S21disable_estreamer                                        [  OK  ]
Executing                                    [FAILED]
Executing                                  [  OK  ]
Executing                               [  OK  ]
Executing                            [  OK  ]
Executing                      [  OK  ]
Executing                           [  OK  ]
Executing                                [FAILED]
Executing                            [FAILED]
Executing S50install-remediation-modules                              [  OK  ]
Executing                                 [  OK  ]
Executing                                 [  OK  ]
Executing                        [FAILED]
Executing                                        [  OK  ]
Executing                                 [  OK  ]
Executing S85patch_history-init                                       [  OK  ]
Executing S90banner-init                                              [  OK  ]
Executing S95copy-crontab                                             [  OK  ]
Executing                                              [  OK  ]
Executing                                  [  OK  ]

********** Attention **********

   Initializing the system's localization settings.  Depending on available
   system resources (CPU, memory, and disk), this may take 10 minutes
   or more to complete.

********** Attention **********
Executing S96localize-templates                                       [  OK  ]
Executing                                              [  OK  ]
Executing S97compress-client-resources                                [  OK  ]
Executing                                 [  OK  ]
Executing S97install_cas                                              [  OK  ]
Executing                                 [  OK  ]
Executing                                   [  OK  ]
Executing                                [FAILED]
Executing                                       [  OK  ]
Executing                                    [  OK  ]
Executing S98htaccess-init                                            [  OK  ]
Executing                                       [  OK  ]
Executing                                          [  OK  ]
Executing S99start-system                                             [  OK  ]
Executing S99z_db_restore                                             [  OK  ]
Executing                                       [  OK  ]
Firstboot scripts finished.
Configuring NTP...                                                    [  OK  ]
fatattr: can't open '/mnt/disk0/.private2': No such file or directory
fatattr: can't open '/mnt/disk0/.ngfw': No such file or directory
Model reconfigure detected, executing scripts
Pinging mysql
Found mysql is running
Executing                                          [FAILED]
Executing                                        [  OK  ]

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I troubleshot this for 2 weeks. This community was totally unresponsive. The docs have absolutely no information on troubleshooting. The FTD command prompt is plaint stupid. The expert prompt was more helpful but only because I'm familiar with linux. After all this, I decided to try re-installing the same image again. You can do this by rebooting FTD, and hit escape during the SECOND timer during bootup and choose boot to CLI. From there, redownload the FTD image to wipe the device and start over. On the 2nd install I had no errors and now the FDM works fine.

Now after using the FDM and FTD for a few hours where it's functioning correctly I absolutely hate it. This is the worst product Cisco has ever made. Avoid FTD like it's an STD.

Hello Mr. Jeskey –

I apologize that you had not received a response from anyone in this community.  Even though it appears that you resolved the question of getting FDM started, we recommend that in the future, with very technical questions like the original, the best place to post them would be in the Cisco Support Community or by opening a Technical Assistance Center (TAC) case.  That way you can be sure to get the support you need quickly.

I'm sorry to understand that you are unhappy with the product.  We always are striving to improve, and our TAC will be happy to accept and document any suggestions for improvement.   We hope that we can better serve you in the future.

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Cisco Employee

I have run into this issue as well.

I have found success with the following...  Considering you want a clean install migration from ASA with Firepower Module

This is focused on the state of the SSD drive on the ASA5506x and it's format.

  1. Make sure the ASA rommon is at 1.1.8.  If not, refer to this
  2. erase disk0: from rommon
  3. load either ASA 9.6.2 or 9.6.1 via rommon and TFTP
  4. At the ASA CLI format disk0:
  5. Issue the dir command from the CLI to make sure there is space on the SSD.  If not, go through steps 2-4 again.
  6. Bounce back to rommon and proceed to load the FTD boot file ftd-boot- via TFTP
  7. Use the FTD boot process to load FTD file ftd-6.1.0-330.pkg via FTP or HTTP. Instructions
  8. Hopefully your DB failures will disappear with a lot of green OKs
  9. You will login into the ASA with admin/Admin123 to access the startup script
  10. Provide the info required and make sure you provide a yes for local management
  11. And after the startup script you will need to reboot one more time.
  12. Use your browser to access the ASA and experience the /#/easystartup page.

Thank you for the detailed steps. I would like to add one more thing. When upgrading the image for the ASA 5506-X please ensure the correct image (e.g. asa961-lfbff-k8.SPA) is downloaded via TFTP and not the incorrect image (e.g. asa961-smp-k8.bin) as the document incorrectly states or doesn't correctly clarify. Here is good link in an attempt to pay it forward for the next person that stumbles upon this.


Running into the same issue. Hopefully this product can mature before it's too late for Cisco.

The above process has worked with over 15 ASA5506x conversions from ASA/FP to FTD 6.1.  However I have seen it may take up to three attempts.  There is some defect in the the install script as indicated by RichieJJJ's log above.  When I see that, I know I am going to have to restart the process.  Apparently I have heard that this may only affect the ASA5506x but I don't have any verification on this.  The key is the erase disk0: from rommon, reload the asa code temporarily so you can format the drive, and then begin the FTD install process.

I have been running this as my home office production firewall for over a month now and it has been stable.  All services turned on.

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