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Beginner

Choosing ASA for my Home LAB

Hi,

I have found ASA 5510 quiet affordable, but at the same time here that I checked it says it doesn't support version 9.x, but 5505 does, I think there should be a mistake?!

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/security/asa/upgrade/asa-upgrade/planning.html#id_59423

Aside from the IPS module that's bieng supported by this switch, what features I am missing to practice with in compare to newer generations?

Regards,

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Hall of Fame Master

Re: Choosing ASA for my Home LAB

There is some utility of using ASA 5510 to use in your lab for practice. However it should be running the 9.1(7) ASA software AND have a Security Plus license. If it doesn't have that you won't be able to do many of the more useful tasks.

If you have that, then having a pair of them is useful for CCIE security studies as you can do active-standby, active-active (multi-context), and clustering. You can also do all of the basic config tasks like ACLs, NAT, remote access VPN, site-site VPN etc. These are all blueprint tasks, even on the upcoming CCIE Security v6.

Note you can also do all of the above in EVE-NG if you have access to the images.

 

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Hall of Fame Master

Re: Choosing ASA for my Home LAB

We are selling and deploying next to zero new ASA hardware appliances.

Currently it generally makes better economic and technical sense to buy new Firepower appliances - even if they run ASA software image. The majority of new deployments I do are Firepower appliances with FTD image.

That said there are many many (millions of) ASAs in active use all around the world. They are going away soon and I'm sure we will continue to see them for the next 5-10 years. We even see a Cisco Pix firewall now and then and those were last sold in 2008

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Re: Choosing ASA for my Home LAB

Hi,
Both 5505/5510 support up to version 9.1, but both are End of life and End of support, the firmware on these devices is out dated. I would not consider either of these devices.

You could consider an ASA 5506-X, which supports the latest ASA 9.12.x firmware. It also supports the NGFW OS FTD, with all the latest features (IPS, SSL Decryption, AMP etc), but up to FTD version 6.2.3 only (newer versions will not be released on this device). Or an ASA 5515-X supports the latest FTD version 6.4.

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VIP Mentor

Re: Choosing ASA for my Home LAB

My recommendation is not to use any of these devices. If you have a PC/Mac with some spare resources and VMware Workstation or Fusion, use the ASAv (or FTDv). It's an up to date ASA with all features, but without a license highly restricted in bandwidth. But for a lab, bandwidth is typically not a problem. Using a 5510/5505 is like preparing for a Microsoft certification but only using Windows XP.

Hall of Fame Master

Re: Choosing ASA for my Home LAB

There is some utility of using ASA 5510 to use in your lab for practice. However it should be running the 9.1(7) ASA software AND have a Security Plus license. If it doesn't have that you won't be able to do many of the more useful tasks.

If you have that, then having a pair of them is useful for CCIE security studies as you can do active-standby, active-active (multi-context), and clustering. You can also do all of the basic config tasks like ACLs, NAT, remote access VPN, site-site VPN etc. These are all blueprint tasks, even on the upcoming CCIE Security v6.

Note you can also do all of the above in EVE-NG if you have access to the images.

 

Beginner

Re: Choosing ASA for my Home LAB

Yes exactly Sec+ with the 9.1(7) image, from what I found the only thing that could lack is the Firepower(FTD).

I have a different question as well, because FTDs have been around for quite sometime now, how's the market ratio in most businesses for FTDs in compare to ASAs?

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Hall of Fame Master

Re: Choosing ASA for my Home LAB

We are selling and deploying next to zero new ASA hardware appliances.

Currently it generally makes better economic and technical sense to buy new Firepower appliances - even if they run ASA software image. The majority of new deployments I do are Firepower appliances with FTD image.

That said there are many many (millions of) ASAs in active use all around the world. They are going away soon and I'm sure we will continue to see them for the next 5-10 years. We even see a Cisco Pix firewall now and then and those were last sold in 2008