Quick basic configuration of a Cisco ASA firewall for custom IP address and ASDM access

Here are a few quick commands to wipe a Cisco ASA series firewall, resetting it to factory defaults, and then enabling the device for an IP address on your own subnet rather than the default 192.168.1.0/24, as well as setting up ASDM and telnet and ssh access. This gives you a very basic configuration from which you can access the device. First connect to the device via the console port and run the following commands to wipe the device:

ciscoasa> enable

ciscoasa# conf t

ciscoasa(config)# configure factory-default

Once the device has loaded the default configuration, disable DHCP on the inside interface to prevent the device dishing out IP addresses. This may not be relevant in your environment but in ours DHCP is provided elsewhere:

ciscoasa(config)# no dhcpd enable inside

ciscoasa(config)# no dhcpd address 192.168.1.5-192.168.1.254 inside

Set the ip address for the inside LAN on interface vlan1 if this is the vlan you are using for the inside network:

ciscoasa(config)# int vlan1

ciscoasa(config-if)# ip address 10.0.0.1 255.255.255.0

ciscoasa(config-if)# exit

Enable the http server, and allow access from the inside subnet

ciscoasa(config)# http server enable

ciscoasa(config)# http 10.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 inside

Configure the local AAA authentication database and create a new user account to log in to ASDM with:

ciscoasa(config)# aaa authentication http console LOCAL

ciscoasa(config)# username oasysadmin password Pa55word

Enable telnet and/or ssh on the inside interface if required:

ciscoasa(config)# telnet 10.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 inside

ciscoasa(config)# ssh 10.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 inside

ciscoasa(config)# aaa authentication ssh console LOCAL

Set the enable password

ciscoasa(config)# enable password Pa55word

Save the configuration and reload

ciscoasa(config)# write mem

ciscoasa(config)# exit

ciscoasa# reload

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One Response to Quick basic configuration of a Cisco ASA firewall for custom IP address and ASDM access

  1. Tom says:

    Thank you for adding the comment about the 15% issue you had. I ran into that with my ASA today and the solution worked perfectly. Thank you for taking the time to share.

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