This tutorial will cover PIX firewall in greater detail. I will demonstrate both CLI and GUI access to PIX firewall. We will first setup PIX firewall in GNS3 and then install and enable ASDM on top of it.

Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) is the successor to PIX Device Manager (PDM) which allows easy GUI access to device for configuration and monitoring. It’s similar to SDM (Security Device Manager) which is used for managing Cisco Routers.

Cisco ASDM helps you manage network and application security more effectively while improving operational efficiency through the following key features:
  • Rapid Configuration:Offers features such as in-line and drag-and-drop policy editing, auto complete, configuration wizards, appliance software upgrades etc.
  • Powerful Diagnostics: Offers reduced administrative overhead and increase operational efficiency.
  • Real-Time Monitoring:Enables rapid response to security incidents and trend analysis.
  • Management Flexibility: Enables remote management of multiple security appliances through light-weight and secure design.

For additional information , please refer to the following links on

  • Introduction to Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM)
  • Cisco ASDM Demo Download (requires CCO login)
  • Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager Version 5.0 datasheet


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