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I am asking for the best place to buy a CISCO ASA 5505. I have read some online horror stories about rejection of service tickets to people that have gone the Amazon/ebay route for this product. I am not asking for setup hand holding, just a company that will deal with a DOA (or lesser failure) and one that will advise me when updates and extra memory or other add ons should be purshased. I am willing to put out the bucks just need a fair deal past the point of sale.

4 good ASA/Router setup books I recently plowed through.
CISCO ASA Security Appliance by Don Crawley
CCNA IOS Commands by Todd Lammle
CISCO Routers for the Desperate by Michael Lucas
CISCO ASA Configuration by Richard Deal

Whenever I cannot sleep I crack one of these open. Best reading (meaning easiest to understand) is the first one listed, best technicaly was the last listed (in my opinion).No I do not have this material memorized,or I would have a job,perhaps.
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I've bought a few routers and modules from these guys, their packaging is out of this world good..

http://www.cablesandkits.com/cisco-a...k9-p-4305.html
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Got mine off of Newegg.
Not sure about return policy though since it has been solid
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Scotsee,the 10 user license for that price looks good. I want a company that will sell (or at least mention) all that is required to run the ASA (be it licenses or menory expansion or power pack) I am simply asking that there be no suprises. One thing I would like to do is read the license. I have seen the user license mentioned many times (2 is normal for a new unit) but I never have actually read what the license allows,I neeed this part explained.
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There is a lot more to the ASA then just licensing. The basic 10 user license is fine for home and small business use, it's largest pitfall it use of only 3 vlan's, and two that will allow connections from higher interface numbers to lower interface numbers. The third is just for DMZ to inside, or DMZ to outside.

If you're serious about buying one of these devices, they are a learning curve in themselves. I would strongly suggest Omar Santos - Cisco ASA: All-in-One Firewall and pre-ordering the CCNP Security Firewall 642-617 Official Cert Guide that they've kept pushing back month after month. Most importantly though, get the newer 8.0+ ISO for the ASA. The ASA is not like the Cisco IOS, it's a software IOS running on linux Redhat and dosen't use the same command structure as the IOS. Everything from 7.x to 8.x is completely different.



http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/...n_listing.html

http://www.tech21century.com/license...-5505-or-5500/
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Scotsee,the 10 user license for that price looks good. I want a company that will sell (or at least mention) all that is required to run the ASA (be it licenses or menory expansion or power pack) I am simply asking that there be no suprises. One thing I would like to do is read the license. I have seen the user license mentioned many times (2 is normal for a new unit) but I never have actually read what the license allows,I neeed this part explained.
Out of the box the device comes with everything you need. The new ones should include 512 MB of RAM and at least version 8.3 of the software.

As stated, the base license includes 10 active inside/dmz IP's, 3 VLANs (two of which cannot communicate with each other), you may need to request a key to activate 3DES strong encryption, however that comes at no cost. Initial factory configuration is that of a home router where NAT overload exists between inside and out, as well as DHCP services provided for inside.

It even comes with a console cable, so you should have absolutely everything you need to get up and going.
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There is no reason not to be serious about the 5505 ASA. I have been reading and exploring this product for probably 18 months now and it is becomming something that I am determined to get figured out and make use of. It has pratical use and I am becomming determined not to let the complexity (or percieved complexity) of the product beat me. I have no problem with getting the Cert Guide. No one said it was going to be a piece of cake and who knows what interesting paths may open on the way.I am simply going to keep reading and studying all I can about the 5505 (without ignoring my other classes).Thanks

EDIT: I look at it this way,what would I learn by buying a 500.00 gpu, not much. Eventualy becomming familar with this product will pay off. Perhaps the payoff will not come right away but eventualy.
Edited by PCCstudent - 8/13/11 at 7:49am
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If you want to use a couple ASA 5505's you can register over at Packetlife and use the community free lab.

http://packetlife.net/lab/
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Contention:

You can use GNS3 and Qemu to emulate the Cisco ASA 8.0 IOS. I used it for a while while studying the CCNP Security Firewall exam. I don't know if the 8.3 is compatable, but I was using 8.0. You can load up the ASDM and learn a little before you buy.
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Scotsee,OK this is in my Favorites. Summer has been constant studying for the upcomming semester but I could have fit some packetlife time in. One class starting Aug 24 is the third in the CCNA prep series (switching) and I have been hitting the Alumni site hard.What I am getting at is TIME,as in so much to read,so much to study and so little time. To top it off my spinal fusion I had last July 2010 has "gone bad" and they have to get in there and root around again (really fuse another level and clean stuff up).For me to make good use of the lab link provided I need to go back and practice some 2 quarter stuff (IOS commands).Perhaps I will have time this semester to go to the linked lab you suggested but I do wear out easy. I do not like it one bit just having the energy to do what is assigned and nothing more but perhaps I should be thankful I can still do that.

EDIT: I am almost postive I finish school it is that darn CCNA that will either make me or break me.Others outside the field do not really understand,OH just another test,yeah sure.
Edited by PCCstudent - 8/13/11 at 9:07am
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