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Release Notes for Cisco ASDM, 6.7(x) for ASA 1000V

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Release Notes for Cisco ASDM, Version 6.7(x)

Important Notes

ASDM Client Operating System and Browser Requirements

ASA 1000V and ASDM Compatibility

New Features

Unsupported Commands

Open Caveats

Licensing for the ASA 1000V

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Release Notes for Cisco ASDM, Version 6.7(x)

Updated: October 16, 2012

Released: August 20, 2012

This document contains release information for Cisco ASDM Version 6.7(1) for the Cisco ASA 1000V and includes the following sections:

Important Notes

Complete Solution Installation

  • Neither the ASA 1000V nor VSG supports non-ASCII characters. To support localization, all components (that is, Cisco VNMC, Cisco VSG, and ASA 1000V) must meet this requirement.
  • The ASA 1000V and Cisco VNMC require that the VMware vCenter installation, including keyboard and password or shared key settings, be set to American English.

ASA 1000V Installation

  • You can use only one management mode (either VNMC or ASDM) on the ASA 1000V. They are mutually exclusive, and you need to decide on the mode before installation. If you want to switch management modes, you must reinstall the ASA 1000V.
  • ASDM is used to monitor traffic on the ASA 1000V in both VNMC and ASDM modes.
  • Routes through the management interface can only be configured using the CLI in VNMC mode.

Maximum Configuration Size

ASDM supports a maximum configuration size of 512 KB. If you exceed this amount, you may experience performance issues. For example, when you load the configuration, the status dialog box shows the percentage of the configuration that is complete, yet with large configurations it stops incrementing and appears to suspend operation, even though ASDM might still be processing the configuration. If this situation occurs, we recommend that you consider increasing the ASDM system heap memory.

To increase the ASDM system heap memory size, modify the launcher shortcut by performing the following steps:

Step 1 Right-click the shortcut for the ASDM-IDM Launcher, and choose Properties .

Step 2 Choose the Shortcut tab.

Step 3 In the Target field, change the argument prefixed with “-Xmx” to specify your desired heap size. For example, change it to -Xmx768m for 768 MB or -Xmx1g for 1 GB. For more information about this parameter, see the Oracle document at the following URL:


ASDM Client Operating System and Browser Requirements

Table 1 lists the supported and recommended client operating systems and Java for ASDM.


Table 1 Operating System and Browser Requirements

Operating System
Sun Java SE Plug-in
Internet Explorer

Microsoft Windows (English and Japanese):

  • 7
  • Vista
  • 2008 Server
  • XP

6.0 or later 1

1.5 or later

No support

18.0 or later


Apple Macintosh OS X:

  • 10.73
  • 10.6
  • 10.5
  • 10.4

No support

1.5 or later

2.0 or later

18.0 or later


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (GNOME or KDE):

  • Desktop
  • Desktop with Workstation


1.5 or later


18.0 or later


1.ASDM requires an SSL connection from the browser to the ASA 1000V. By default, Internet Explorer on Windows Vista and later and Firefox on all operating systems do not support base encryption (DES) for SSL, and therefore require the ASA 1000V to have a strong encryption (3DES/AES) license. For Windows Internet Explorer, you can enable DES as a workaround. See for details. For Firefox on any operating system, you can enable the security.ssl3.dhe_dss_des_sha setting as a workaround. See to learn how to change hidden configuration preferences.

2.If you change the SSL encryption on the ASA to exclude both RC4-MD5 and RC4-SHA1 algorithms (these algorithms are enabled by default), then Chrome cannot launch ASDM due to the Chrome “SSL false start” feature. We suggest re-enabling one of these algorithms (see the Configuration > Device Management > Advanced > SSL Settings pane); or you can disable SSL false start in Chrome wusing the --disable-ssl-false-start flag according to

3.You may be prompted to install Java the first time you run ASDM; follow the prompts as necessary. ASDM will launch after the installation completes.

ASA 1000V and ASDM Compatibility

Table 2 lists information about the ASA 1000V and ASDM compatibility.


Table 2 ASA 1000V and ASDM Compatibility



ASA Version 8.7(1.1) requires ASDM Version 6.7(1).

For information about ASDM requirements for other releases, see Cisco ASA Compatibility, at:

New Features

Note New, changed, and deprecated syslog messages are listed in the syslog messages guide.

Released: October 16, 2012

Table 3 lists the new features for ASA Version 8.7(1.1)/ASDM Version 6.7(1).

Note Version 8.7(1) was removed from due to build issues; please upgrade to Version 8.7(1.1) or later.


Table 3 New Features for ASA Version 8.7(1.1)/ASDM Version 6.7(1)

Platform Features

Support for the ASA 1000V

We introduced support for the ASA 1000V for the Nexus 1000V switch.

Cloning the ASA 1000V

You can add one or multiple instances of the ASA 1000V to your deployment using the method of cloning VMs.

Management Features

ASDM mode

You can configure, manage, and monitor the ASA 1000V using the Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), which is the single GUI-based device manager for the ASA.

VNMC mode

You can configure and manage the ASA 1000V using the Cisco Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC), which is a GUI-based multi-device manager for multiple tenants.


You can configure and manage the ASA 1000V using XML APIs, which are application programmatic interfaces provided through the Cisco VNMC. This feature is only available in VNMC mode.

Firewall Features

Cisco VNMC access and configuration

Cisco VNMC access and configuration are required to create security profiles. You can configure access to the Cisco VNMC through the Configuration > Device Setup > Interfaces pane in ASDM. Enter the login username and password, hostname, and shared secret to access the Cisco VNMC. Then you can configure security profiles and security profile interfaces. In VNMC mode, use the CLI to configure security profiles.

Security profiles and security profile interfaces

Security profiles are interfaces that correspond to an edge security profile that has been configured in the Cisco VNMC and assigned in the Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM. Policies for through-traffic are assigned to these interfaces and the outside interface. You can add security profiles through the Configuration > Device Setup > Interfaces pane. You create the security profile by adding its name and selecting the service interface. ASDM then generates the security profile through the Cisco VNMC, assigns the security profile ID, and automatically generates a unique interface name. The interface name is used in the security policy configuration.

We introduced or modified the following screens:

Configuration > Device Setup > Interfaces
Configuration > Device Setup > Interfaces > Add Security Profile
Monitoring > Interfaces > Security Profiles

Service interface

The service interface is the Ethernet interface associated with security profile interfaces. You can only configure one service interface, which must be the inside interface.

We modified the following screen: Configuration > Device Setup > Interfaces.

VNMC policy agent

The VNMC policy agent enables policy configuration through both the ASDM and VNMC modes. It includes a web server that receives XML-based requests from Cisco VNMC over HTTPS and converts it to the ASA 1000V configuration.

We modified the following screen: Configuration > Device Setup > Interfaces.

Upgrading the ASAand ASDM Software

This section describes how to upgrade to the latest version and includes the following topics:

For CLI procedures, see the ASA release notes.

Viewing Your Current Version

The software version appears on the ASDM home page; view the home page to verify the software version of your ASA.

Upgrading the ASA and ASDM Images

This section describes how to install the ASDM and ASA images.

We recommend that you upgrade the ASDM image before the ASA image. You must upgrade the ASA by copying files through the ASA CLI. You must use the 6.7(1) version of the ASDM image; you cannot use another older version of the ASDM image with the ASA.

Note The VNMC does not support ASA image upgrade.

Upgrading Using ASDM 6.7(1)

Detailed Steps

Step 1 Back up your existing configuration. For example, choose File > Show Running Configuration in New Window to open the configuration as an HTML page. You can also use one of the File > Save Running Configuration options.

Step 2 Choose Tools > Check for ASA/ASDM Updates .

The Authentication dialog box appears.

Step 3 Enter your assigned username and the password, and then click Login .

The Upgrade Wizard appears.

Step 4 Complete the upgrade wizard.

Step 5 For the upgrade versions to take effect, check the Save configuration and reload device now check box to restart the ASA, and then restart the ASDM.

Step 6 Click Finish to exit the wizard and save the configuration changes that you have made.


Unsupported Commands

ASDM supports almost all commands available for the adaptive ASA, but ASDM ignores some commands in an existing configuration. Most of these commands can remain in your configuration; see Tools > Show Commands Ignored by ASDM on Device for more information.

This section includes the following topics:

Ignored and View-Only Commands

Table 4 lists commands that ASDM supports in the configuration when added through the CLI, but that cannot be added or edited in ASDM. If ASDM ignores the command, it does not appear in the ASDM GUI at all. If the command is view-only, then it appears in the GUI, but you cannot edit it.


Table 4 List of Unsupported Commands

Unsupported Commands
ASDM Behavior




Ignored. This can be configured only using the CLI.

dhcp-server (tunnel-group name general-attributes)

ASDM only allows one setting for all DHCP servers.





failover timeout






service-policy global

Ignored if it uses a match access-list class. For example:

access-list myacl extended permit ip any any
class-map mycm
match access-list myacl
policy-map mypm
class mycm
inspect ftp
service-policy mypm global

sysopt nodnsalias


sysopt uauth allow-http-cache




Effects of Unsupported Commands

If ASDM loads an existing running configuration and finds other unsupported commands, ASDM operation is unaffected. To view the unsupported commands, choose Tools > Show Commands Ignored by ASDM on Device .

Discontinuous Subnet Masks Not Supported

ASDM does not support discontinuous subnet masks such as For example, you cannot use the following:

ip address inside

Interactive User Commands Not Supported by the ASDM CLI Tool

The ASDM CLI tool does not support interactive user commands. If you enter a CLI command that requires interactive confirmation, ASDM prompts you to enter “[yes/no]” but does not recognize your input. ASDM then times out waiting for your response.

Workaround :

  • You can configure most commands that require user interaction by means of the ASDM panes.
  • For CLI commands that have a noconfirm option, use this option when entering the CLI command.

Open Caveats

There are no open caveats in the ASDM 6.7(1) release.

Licensing for the ASA 1000V

The ASA 1000V is licensed per each CPU socket that it is protecting. The Cisco Nexus 1000V switch provisions and enforces licenses for the ASA 1000V. Licenses are installed on the Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM) in the Cisco Nexus 1000V switch.

For more information, see the most recent version of the Cisco Nexus 1000V License Configuration Guidelines document at the following URL:

Related Documentation

For more information about the individual components that comprise the ASA 1000V, see the following documentation:

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What’s New in Cisco Product Documentation , which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

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