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I was looking for a new convenient lab solution to run on natively on my PC rather than fire up my noisy dedicated HP Proliant Lab server, in order to use the Cisco ASAv. I’ve used GNS3 for IOS devices regularly but never had the chance to use the ASAv. This blog post details the configuration steps I took in order to configure Cisco ASAv with GNS3.

GNS3 Configuration

The ASAv image file is added to GNS3 as a QEMU VM Template, this is where I ran into my first issue, evidently for best performance I need to download GNS3 VM, it is recommended to run this within VMware Workstation rather than VirtualBox.

  • Download the Cisco ASAv hda image file (asav952.qcow2) from the Cisco website.
  • Download VMware Workstation Player 12.1.1 and install using the default settings
  • Download VMware VIX 1.15 application and install using the default settings
  • Download the GNS3 VM for VMware Workstation v 1.5.1 from the GNS3 website
  • Extract the contents of the GNS3 VM zip to a folder
  • Assuming VMware Workstation Player and VIX is already installed, double click the file and it will prompt to import the Virtual Machine
  • Once imported there appears to be no configuration required, close the VM for now by selecting “Shutdown” from the menu
  • Open GNS3 application, click “Help” from the menu bar
  • Select “Setup Wizard”
  • Select “Local GNS3 VM”, click Next
  • Select “VMware (recommended), modify the vCPU and RAM settings if required. Make sure your computer has enough CPU and Memory.
  • If GNS3 detects the VM previously created it will appear on the list. I manually selected a different drive and folder to import the VM to and I found if the VM is not located the default location of “DocumentsVirtual Machines” that GNS3 will not detect the VM. I moved the VM into the folder GNS3 was expecting the VM to be located in, hit refresh and GNS3 found the VM successfully.
  • Click Next to continue
  • The Local GNS3 VM will now automatically start
  • The VMware Workstation Player application should automatically appear and load the GNS3 VM. You can safely minimise this.
  • Continue the GNS3 Setup Wizard – Select “Add a Qemu virtual machine”. Click Finish
  • Select “Server Type” as “Run the Qemu VM on the GNS3 VM”, click Next
  • Appropriately name the VM eg “ASAv”, click Next
  • Select the correct Qemu binary from drop down list; select enough memory for the ASAv – 2048MB works. Click Next
  • Select the “Disk image (hda):” – this is the ASAv qcow2 file previously downloaded. Click Finish
  • Import is now complete, click Edit to complete the configuration of the ASAv Template
  • Under the “General Settings” change the “Category” to “Security Devices”
  • Change the icon by changing the symbol by browsing to the ASA symbol
  • Change “Console Type” to be “vnc”
  • Under the “Network” tab within the QEMU VM Configuration
  • The first interface on an ASAv is the Management Interface, change “First port name” to “Management” or something equivalent.
  • As default the name format for the remaining interfaces is “Ethernet” this is the label within GNS3 but not within the ASAv – the interfaces are GigabitEthernet. This maybe confusing to some people, regardless I change the “Name Format” to “Gig0/{0}”
  • On the “Advanced Settings” tab I “Activate CPU throttling” and set 80%
  • Un-tick “Use as a linked based VM” FOR NOW – we’ll come back to that later
  • Click Ok to finish configuration of the ASAv Template
  • Once configuration is now complete the ASAv should appear under “Security Devices” window on the main GNS3 screen
  • Create a new project and start the ASAv image running.
  • Wait until the device finishes configuring itself and is at the login prompt
  • At this point I login to the ASAv Template and pre-configure a few useful settings such as Management IP Address, Username/Password and copy the ASDM file to the local device.
  • I connect a Windows XP host VM to the Management interface of the ASAv Template and confirm Mgmt access and to transfer the ASDM file to the device
  • Save the configuration then shutdown the ASAv VM
  • Modify the configuration of the ASAv Template
  • Under “Advanced Settings” re-tick the option “Use as a linked base VM”
  • Create a new project, add 2 x ASAv to the project (notice the name of the ASA should now have -1, -2 etc. after the name). This indicates the device has been cloned and is unique.
  • Start the ASAv devices, you will notice each ASAv device has the all the settings previously configured in the Template (ASDM Image, Management IP address, Username/Password etc.).
  • The Cisco ASAv is ready for use

IT Network

There are many problems were experienced when using Cisco ASAv firewall virtual servers in GNS3 network simulation software. Fortunately, all of those issues had been fixed in GNS3 VM virtual machines security. In this article will present you about how to configure Cisco ASAv firewall virtual servers image with qcow2 virtual security appliance format in GNS3 VM virtual server.

Cisco ASAv firewall virtual servers is referring to Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv) of Cisco virtual security appliance firewall product. Even though it is a virtual security appliance, yet it brings a full firewall managed security services functionality the same as hardware appliance to a virtualized environments with a secured traffic and multi-tenant environments. It is very easy and fast for disaster recovery comparing to hardware appliance since it is running on server virtualization or in an data center virtualization.

In this article of configuring ASAv firewall virtual servers, it is assumed that:

a. you already have GNS3 VM virtual server installed up and running on your computer. In case that you don’t, please refer to this link. Installing GNS3 VM on VMware Workstation
b. you have already downloaded Cisco ASAv virtual machines security qcow2 image (asav941-203.qcow2, asav971.qcow2, or asav981-5.qcow2), a hda file from the Cisco website. Cisco service contract is needed to be able to download it.

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Go to “Edit“, click on “Preferences“. On preferences window, under “QEMU” option click on “Qemu VMs” and then click “New” to add to Cisco ASAv firewall virtual servers qcow2 image of the virtual firewall appliance.

Selection the option of “Run the IOS on the GNS3 VM” to run Cisco ASAv on GNS3 VM virtual machines security. Then, click “Next” to continue.

Give a Name the firewall virtual servers, “ASAv94” as in this article, click “Next” to continue.

Select the x86_64 Qemu binary and set the RAM to 2048 BM. click “Next” to continue. ASAv firewall virtual servers need at lease 2048 MB of RAM to works.

Select “New Image”, then browse to the locate where you had download ASAv firewall virtual servers qcow2 file (asav941-203.qcow2), and click “Open” to upload the file to your GNS3 VM virtual server. Once it has finished uploading, click “Finish”.

On preferences window, under “QEMU” option click on “Qemu VMs” and then click “Edit” to edit some configuration for new added Cisco ASAv firewall virtual servers qcow2 image virtual firewall appliance.

Under the “General Settings” On Symbol section, browse for ASA symbol. On Category section, select “Security Devices“. On Console type section, choose “vnc” option. In section 4 of this article will talk about telnet for console access.

Under the “Network” tab within the QEMU VM configuration, Install 6 network card adapters for ASAv firewall virtual servers by setting number 6 to Adapters section. Set the first ASAv firewall virtual servers interface name to Management0. In the Name format section set it to Gi0{0}. Then, click “OK“. Click “OK” again to save the configuration.

ASAv firewall virtual servers now should appear under “Security Devices” window on the main GNS3 screen . Let create a new project to see if ASAv firewall virtual servers image is working properly.

After we power on the ASAv firewall virtual servers, it will automatically reboot once during the initial power-up. This happen after it finished determining the device platform. It will stop at the ciscoasa> prompt after the second boot as in bellow picture.

Now you can start playing with ASAv firewall virtual servers as a network security tools in your lab for what ever you wish for.

Working with ASAv firewall virtual servers via VNC isn’t really sound comfortable for me. I would prefer to work with it via telnet access instead.

To work with ASAv firewall virtual servers through telnet, we need serial port to be enabled. Unfortunately, ASAv firewall virtual servers serial port is disabled by default. However, we still can manually enable it. We need to create a file on the root of Disk0: called use_ttyS0 to enable the serial interface. The easiest way to accomplish this is to clone the existing coredumpinfocoredump.cfg file and rename it. To clone it, use the following commands. That S0 is capital letter S and number zero 0 not S and the letter O. Verify that the file is cloned successfully with the command dir.

ciscoasa#copy disk0:/coredumpinfo/coredump.cfg use_ttyS0

Now you can shutdown your ASAv firewall virtual servers and change the console type from “vnc” to “telnet” instead by right click ASAv, and select configure. We don’t need to save the configuration of ASAv firewall virtual servers at this point.

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Power on your ASAv firewall virtual servers back, right click on it and choose console to open the access. ASAv firewall virtual servers needs sometime to boot up. After it finished booting up, you will see something as the following.

Now you should be able to configure ASAv firewall virtual servers in qcow2 image format with GNS3 VM virtual server. It is really a great network security tools to do your ASAv firewall lab with firewall virtual servers before you start working with your production ASA firewall. That is all about configuring ASAv firewall virtual servers with GNS3 VM virtual server for now. If you have any questions or suggestions you can always leave your comments below. I will try all of my best to review and reply them. Thank you and enjoy your ASAv lab on GNS3 VM.



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