Cisco ASA 5500 Series Hardware Installation Guide
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Table of Contents

Overview

Product Overview

Memory Requirements

Memory Kits

Memory Requirements for Software Version 8.3 and Later

Overview

Read through the entire guide before beginning any of the procedures in this book.


Warning Only trained and qualified personnel should install, replace, or service this equipment. Statement 49



Caution Read the safety warnings in the Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco ASA 5500 Series and follow proper safety procedures when performing these steps.

This chapter describes the product and the memory requirements, and includes the following topics:


Note The illustrations in this chapter show the Cisco ASA 5540 adaptive security appliance. The Cisco ASA 5510 and Cisco ASA 5520 adaptive security appliance look identical, containing the same back panel features and indicators. The Cisco ASA 5550 has a fixed configuration with an embedded 4GE slot as shown in Figure 1-3.


Product Overview

This section describes the front and rear panels. Figure 1-1 shows the front panel LEDs.

Figure 1-1 Front Panel LEDs

 

LED
Color
State
Description
1

Power

Green

On

The system has power.

2

Status

Green

Flashing

The power-up diagnostics are running or the system is booting.

Solid

The system has passed power-up diagnostics.

Amber

Solid

The power-up diagnostics have failed.

3

Active

Green

Solid

This unit is the Active unit in the failover pair.

Amber

Solid

This unit is the Standby unit.

4

VPN

Green

Solid

A VPN tunnel has been established.

5

Flash

Green

Solid

The CompactFlash is being accessed.

Figure 1-2 shows the rear panel.

Figure 1-2 Rear Panel LEDs and Ports (AC Power Supply Model Shown)

 

1

Management port1

6

USB 2.0 interfaces2

11

VPN LED

2

External CompactFlash slot

7

Network interfaces3

12

Flash LED

3

Serial Console port

8

Power indicator LED

13

AUX port4

4

Power switch

9

Status indicator LED

14

Power connector

5

Power indicator LED

10

Active LED

1.The management 0/0 interface is a Fast Ethernet interface designed for management traffic only.

2.Not supported at this time.

3.GigabitEthernet interfaces, from right to left, GigabitEthernet 0/0, GigabitEthernet 0/1, GigabitEthernet 0/2, and GigabitEthernet 0/3.

4.The RJ-45 Auxiliary port (labeled AUX on the chassis) is reserved for internal use at Cisco. The port is not functional in shipping versions of the chassis; therefore, customers cannot connect to this port to run the adaptive security appliance CLI.

For more information about the Management port, see the management only command in the Cisco Security Appliance Command Reference .

The Cisco ASA 5550 has a fixed configuration with an embedded 4GE slot as shown in Figure 1-3.

Figure 1-3 Rear Panel LEDs and Ports for the Cisco ASA 5550

 

 

1

RJ-45 ports5

9

USB 2.0 interfaces6

17

AUX port

2

RJ-45 Link LED

10

Management port7

18

External CompactFlash slot

3

RJ-45 Speed LED

11

Network interfaces8

19

Serial Console port

4

Power LED

12

Power indicator LED

20

Power switch

5

Status LED

13

Status indicator LED

21

Power indicator LED

6

SFP ports9

14

Active LED

22

Power connector

7

SFP Link LED

15

VPN LED

8

SFP Speed LED

16

Flash LED

5.GigabitEthernet ports, from right to left, GigabitEthernet 1/0, GigabitEthernet 1/1, GigabitEthernet 1/2, and GigabitEthernet 1/3

6.Not supported at this time.

7.The management 0/0 interface is a Fast Ethernet interface intended for management traffic only.

8.GigabitEthernet interfaces, from right to left, GigabitEthernet 0/0, GigabitEthernet 0/1, GigabitEthernet 0/2, and GigabitEthernet 0/3.

9.SFP ports, from right to left, GigabitEthernet 1/0, GigabitEthernet 1/1, GigabitEthernet 1/2, and GigabitEthernet 1/3

Table 1-1 describes the 4GE SSM LEDs.

Table 1-1 4GE SSM LEDs for the Cisco ASA 5550

LED
Color
State
Description
2, 7

LINK

Green

Solid

Flashing

There is an Ethernet link.

There is Ethernet activity.

3, 8

SPEED

Off

Green

Amber

10 MB

100 MB

1000 MB (GigE)

There is no network activity.

There is network activity at 100 Mbps.

There is network activity at 1000 Mbps.

4

POWER

Green

On

The system has power.

5

STATUS

Green

Green

Amber

Flashing

Solid

Solid

The system is booting.

The system booted correctly.

The system diagnostics failed.

shows the adaptive security appliance rear panel LEDs.

Figure 1-4 Rear Panel Link and Speed Indicator LEDs

 

 

1

MGMT indicator LEDs

2

Network interface LEDs

Table 1-2 lists the rear MGMT and Network interface LEDs.

 

Table 1-2 Link and Speed LEDs

Indicator
Color
Description

Left side

Solid green

Green flashing

Physical link

Network activity

Right side

Not lit

Green

Amber

10 Mbps

100 Mbps

1000 Mbps


Note The Cisco ASA 5510 adaptive security appliance supports only 10/100BaseTX. The Cisco ASA 5520 and the Cisco ASA 5540 support 1000BaseT.


Memory Requirements

Table 1-3 lists the standard and recommended flash memory and DRAM. Note that the shipping DRAM increased after February 2010; the DRAM requirements for 8.3 and higher match the newer default shipping sizes. See Memory Kits for the information to order an upgrade kit. The newer default shipping DRAM is the current maximum DRAM you can install in your unit.

 

Table 1-3 Standard Memory Requirements for the Cisco ASA Series

ASA Model
Internal Flash Memory (Default Shipping)10 , 11
DRAM (Default Shipping)
Before Feb. 2010
After Feb. 2010
(Required for 8.3 and Higher)

5510

256 MB

256 MB

1 GB

5520

256 MB

512 MB

2 GB

5540

256 MB

1 GB

2 GB

5550

256 MB

4 GB

4GB

10.For the ASA 5510 through 5550, you might need to upgrade the internal flash memory to 512 MB or add external flash memory if you load multiple images of the AnyConnect client along with one or more images of the ASA software, ASDM, client/server plugins, or Cisco Secure Desktop. In particular, you might need to upgrade for multiple AnyConnect 3.0 and higher clients with optional modules. The ASA 5505 does not have a flash memory upgrade available.

11.The default internal flash memory for some models was 64 MB in the past; if you have one of these early units, we recommend upgrading your flash memory to at least the new shipping default.

In a failover configuration, the two units must have the same hardware configuration. They must be the same model, have the same number and types of interfaces, and the same amount of RAM.


Note The two units do not have to have the same amount of flash memory. If using units with different flash memory sizes in your failover configuration, make sure the unit with the smaller flash memory has enough space to accommodate the software image files and the configuration files. If it does not, configuration synchronization from the unit with the larger flash memory to the unit with the smaller flash memory will fail.


For more information, see the Cisco Security Appliance Command Line Configuration Guide.

Memory Kits

Table 1-4 lists the available DRAM (DIMM) kits.

 

Table 1-4 DRAM Kits

Model
Size
Part Number

ASA 551012

1 GB

ASA5510-MEM-1GB=

ASA 5520

2 GB

ASA5520-MEM-2GB=

ASA 5540

2 GB

ASA5540-MEM-2GB=

ASA 5550

4 GB

2 x ASA5540-MEM-2GB=

12.If you previously purchased the 512 MB upgrade kit for the ASA 5510 (ASA5510-MEM-512=), you must upgrade to the 1 GB memory upgrade kit to run Version 8.3.

Table 1-5 lists the CompactFlash upgrade kits available for the ASA 5510 through ASA 5550, for use as internal or external flash memory.

 

Table 1-5 CompactFlash Upgrade Kits

Model
Size
Part Number

ASA 5510 through ASA 5550

256 MB

ASA5500-CF-256MB=

ASA 5510 through ASA 5550

512 MB

ASA5500-CF-512MB=