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Quick Start Guide
Cisco PIX 506/506E Firewall
Quick Start Guide
For Cisco PIX Firewall Version 6.2 and PDM Version 2.0
1 About the Cisco PIX 506/506E Firewall
The PIX 506/506E delivers enterprise-class security for remote office/branch office environments in a robust, reliable security appliance. Ideal for securing Internet connections for remote/branch offices, the PIX 506/506E, part of the market-leading Cisco PIX Firewall Series, provides a wide range of rich security capabilities and remote management capabilities in a cost-effective, high-performance solution:
•Stateful inspection security based on state-of-the-art Adaptive Security Algorithm (ASA)
•Supports over 100 predefined applications, services, and protocols for flexible access control
•Virtual Private Networking (VPN) for secure remote network access using IKE/IPSec standards
•Intrusion protection from over 55 different network-based attacks
•URL filtering of outbound web traffic via industry-leading, third-party URL filtering products
2 Check Items Included
3 Connect the Cables
Follow these steps to connect the cables:
Step 1 Place the chassis on a flat, stable surface. The chassis is not rack mountable.
Step 2 Use the yellow Ethernet cable (72-1482-01) provided to connect the outside Ethernet interface, Ethernet 0, to a DSL modem, cable modem, or router.
Step 3 Use the other Ethernet cable (72-1482-01) provided to connect the inside Ethernet interface, Ethernet 1, to a switch or hub.
4 Power On the PIX 506/506E
Follow these steps to power on the PIX Firewall:
Step 1 Connect the small, square connector of the power supply cable to the power connector on the rear panel.
Step 2 Connect the AC power connector of the power supply input cable to an electrical outlet.
Step 3 Set the power switch to the on (|) position.
5 Check the LEDs
If all LEDs are operating as expected (see Table 1 and Table 2), this concludes the hardware installation. The pages that follow include instructions on running PDM and additional optional procedures.
Table 2 PIX 506/506E Rear Panel LEDs
LED State Description
Network activity is present on the port.
No network activity is present on the port.
Data is passing on the port.
No data is passing on the port.
6 Configuring the PIX 506/506E
The PIX 506/506E comes with a factory default configuration that meets the needs of most broadband networking environments. The factory default configuration on the PIX 506/506E protects your inside network from any unsolicited traffic. It is configured to use DHCP on the outside interface to acquire an IP address. A default DHCP server address pool is included for hosts on the inside interface.
PDM contains a Startup Wizard that lets you easily change settings to suit your needs.
Instances in which it might be necessary to change or make additional changes to the default configuration include the following:
•To create administrative and Telnet passwords
Note We highly recommend that you change the administrative and Telnet passwords from their default settings to secure the administration of the PIX Firewall.
•To configure Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) or a static IP address for an outside interface
•To configure VPN and Auto Update features
7 PDM Startup Wizard
The PIX 506/506E contains an integrated configuration utility called Cisco PIX Device Manager (PDM). PDM is a web browser-based configuration tool designed to help you set up, configure, and monitor the PIX Firewall.
PDM version 2.0 and higher releases include a Startup Wizard for initial configuration. Follow these steps to load PDM and use the Startup Wizard:
Step 1 Use an Ethernet cable to connect your PC to the inside port (Ethernet 1) on the rear panel of the PIX Firewall.
Step 2 Configure your PC to use DHCP (to receive an IP address automatically from the PIX Firewall) or assign a static IP address to your PC by selecting an address out of the 192.168.1.0 network.
Note The inside interface of the PIX Firewall is assigned 192.168.1.1, so choose a different IP address.
Step 3 Check the ACT LED on the rear panel of the PIX Firewall (see Table 2) to verify that your PC has basic connectivity to the inside port (Ethernet 1). When connectivity occurs, the ACT LED next to the port lights up solid green.
Step 4 To access the Startup Wizard, use a PC connected to the inside port and enter the URL https://192.168.1.1/startup.html into your browser.
Note It is very important to enter the "s" in "https://192.168.1.1," which indicates a secure connection. If you enter "http://192.168.1.1" without the "s" in "https," you cannot access the PIX Firewall.
Step 5 Accept the certificates and follow the instructions in the Startup Wizard. For online help, click the Help button at the bottom of the Startup Wizard window.
8 Alternative Ways to Access the PIX 506/506E
You can use a serial terminal emulator from a PC or workstation connected to the Console port for local administrative access.
You can also use PDM or a console to configure Telnet access to the PIX 506/506E. By default, Telnet access is not permitted. To Telnet to the PIX 506/506E from the outside perimeter of the firewall, configure an outside IP address and IPSec for a secure Telnet session. For more information, refer to the Cisco PIX Firewall and VPN Configuration Guide.
To connect a console for local administrative access:
Step 1 Plug one end of the console cable adapter into a standard 9-pin PC serial port.
Step 2 Plug one end of the blue console cable (72-1259-01) into the PC terminal adapter.
Step 3 Plug the other end of the blue console cable into the Console port.
Step 4 Configure the PC terminal emulation software or terminal for 9600 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, and 1 stop bit.
Refer to the Cisco PIX Firewall and VPN Configuration Guide for information about how to use the command-line interface (CLI).
9 Upgrade to DES or 3DES
Note The following instructions are applicable to PIX Firewall version 6.2 and higher releases. If you are not running PIX Firewall version 6.2, refer to the Quick Start Guide for the version of software installed on your PIX Firewall.
To upgrade features you did not specify at the time of purchase, you need to use an activation key.
The activation key lets you add software features to the PIX 506/506E, such as DES or 3DES.
To request a free activation key for DES, complete the online form at the following website:
Note If you are unable to access this form because you do not have a CCO login, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the e-mail include the PIX Firewall serial number as it appears in the show version command and request a free 56-bit DES key.
To purchase an activation key for 3DES (PIX-506-SW-3DES=), go to Cisco's ordering website:
Enter the activation key only after you have downloaded an image—not from the command line or without rebooting first.
Note You can verify if you have the DES or 3DES feature by entering the show activation-key command.
Follow these steps to use an activation key:
Step 1 Ensure that the image in Flash memory and the Running Image are the same.
Step 2 From the CLI, enter the activation-key activation-key-four-tuple command, replacing activation-key-four-tuple with the activation key obtained from Cisco.
Note Make sure that you are in config mode to enter a new activation key.
Step 3 Reboot the PIX Firewall by powering it off and then on again.
After the key update is complete, the system reloads again to update the running image.
10 Restore the Default Configuration
Caution Entering the config factory-default command erases the current running configuration.
If you inadvertently erase the default configuration or need to restore the default configuration, you can restore the factory default values in one of the following ways:
•Run the Startup Wizard and click Reset PIX to Factory Default Configuration from the Starting Configuration page.
•Use PDM and click File>Reset PIX to Factory Default Configuration.
•Use PDM or a terminal emulation program and enter the following commands:
config factory-default [<inside ip address> [address mask]] 1
Erases the running configuration and replaces it with the factory default configuration.
Writes the factory default configuration to Flash memory.
1 If the optional inside IP address and optional address mask are specified, the factory-default configuration will reflect the specified IP address.
Refer to the following website for detailed command information and configuration examples:
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