VAM2+ Installation and Configuration Guide
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Revision History

Document Version


December 2005

This version introduces the VPN Acceleration Module 2+ (VAM2+)


March, 2006

This version of the document adds Port Adapter Jacket Card information, and feature information for IPv6 IPSec and GDOI.


August 2006

This version of the document adds NPE-G2 support.


The audience for this publication should be familiar with Cisco router hardware and cabling along with electronic circuitry and wiring practices. Experience as an electronic or electromechanical technician is recommended.


Warning To prevent the system from overheating, do not operate it in an area that exceeds the maximum recommended ambient temperature of: 24°C (75°F).

Only trained and qualified personnel should be allowed to install, replace, or service this equipment.


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Note:  This documentation is to be used in conjunction with the specific product installation guide that shipped with the product. Please refer to the Installation Guide, Configuration Guide, or other enclosed additional documentation for further details.


This document contains instructions and procedures for installing and configuring the VPN Acceleration Module 2+ (SA-VAM2+), a single-width acceleration module that installs in the Cisco 7204VXR and Cisco 7206VXR routers with the NPE-225, NPE-400, NPE-G1 or NPE-G2 processors, and the Cisco 7301, and the Port Adapter Jacket Card in the I/O controller slot of a Cisco 7200VXR router with an NPE-G1 or NPE-G2 installed, and allows a port adapter to be installed in it.

The part number for the VAM2+ is SA-VAM2+(=).

Note To ensure compliance with U.S. export laws and regulations, and to prevent future problems, see the "Compliance with U.S. Export Laws and Regulations Regarding Encryption" section for specific, important information.


This document contains the following chapters:



Describes the SA-VAM2+ and SA-VAM2+ LED displays.


Preparing for Installation

Describes safety considerations, tools required, and procedures you should perform before the actual installation.


Removing and Installing the SA-VAM2+

Describes the procedures for installing and removing the SA-VAM2+ from the supported platform.


Configuring the SA-VAM2+

Describes procedures needed to configure the SA-VAM2+ in the Cisco 7301 and Cisco  7200VXR series routers.

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For hardware information on the Cisco 7200VXR Port Adapter Jacket Card, see the Port Adapter Jacket Card Installation Guide.

For hardware installation and maintenance information for the Cisco  7200VXR series routers, refer to the following URL:

For Cisco  7301 router documentation, refer to the following URL:

Port Adapter Installation and Configuration guides, available online at:

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For IP security and encryption, refer to the following URL:

For FIPS 140 Security documents:

For the VPN Device Manager documents:

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Bug Toolkit:

Bug Navigator:

Feature Navigator:

Output Interpreter:

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Cisco Dynamic Configuration Tool:

MIB Locator:

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