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Upgrading an Entrepreneur ASP infrastructure – PART II

After analyzing the situation I have identified several key problems. 1. System Availability – Systems fail frequently due to hardware failures, DoS, and application failures. 2. Collocation is far and administration requires frequent visits 3. Mini tower servers consume space…


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Cisco ASA/PIX Bandwidth limiting

Today, I got a chance to setup some bandwidth limiting on our Cisco ASA Firewall. The goal was to choke the speed of traffic going to our backup server to 250Mb/s. As our backup traffic goes through a firewall here’s…


How to allow ICMP through your Cisco ASA/PIX firewall

ICMP packets are not stateful, how does the ASA handle them by default? Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) pings and traceroute on the PIX Firewall are handled differently based on the version of PIX and ASA code. Inbound ICMP through…


Troubleshooting Cisco PIX/ASA site to site IPsec VPN

A site to site IPsec VPN consists of two phases; Phase 1 – IKE exchange and Phase2 – Establishing the ipsec tunnels. It is important to figure out which part of the negotiation the VPN is failing at. However, before…