1. Judas Priest
    May 1, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

    I’ve been trying to reimage a 5506-x and It keeps hanging at the ‘Populating new system image…’ prompt.

    Am I missing something?


    • lammle
      May 1, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

      how long are you waiting? that is a SLOW process…it takes almost 2 hours to reimagine the 5506 to FTD


  2. Neeraj
    May 23, 2018 @ 1:15 pm

    Hi, i need to reimage our ASA 5512-X to FTD. I have loaded the SSD in the ASA. How do we partition the new SSD or have FTD to install on this new SSD? Most of the instructions that i see online talk about using disk0 ( as seen in your article as well) . Is disk0 pointing to the SSD disk or is it the old local flash?
    Pardon my confusion, i am new to cisco world


    • lammle
      May 23, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

      you do not put anything on the ASA, you put one file on a TFTP server that can reach the ASA box, and one file on a FTP server that can reach the ASA
      No where in my article do I mention loading anything into the SSD, so please reread and let me know how it goes!


      • Neeraj
        May 24, 2018 @ 8:23 am

        Thanks for replying and my bad if there was any confusion. For customers like us who were traditionally on ASA and have recently purchased the FTD services, we have been shipped a new SSD as well that needs to go in the ASA. As per cisco documentation, the new Firepower boot image needs to be installed on this new SSD drive. Assuming this scenario , when we load the SSD in the ASA will it also show up as disk0 or do we have to create a different partition on which the firepower boot image needs to go ?


  3. lammle
    May 24, 2018 @ 8:42 am

    okay, that is for installing FirePOWER on ASA, that is different than turning the ASA into a FTD box – two different things! Yes, if you want to do FirePOWER on ASA you need the SSD drive.


  4. Jay
    August 3, 2018 @ 11:49 am

    We are looking to re-image our ASA 5515 that have an IPS module that are now running with EOL signatures with new FTD image.

    Initially I was looking at purchasing the Software version of FirePower to install with exiting SSD.

    I guess the benefit of re-imaging to FTD is we dont need to worry about the plug and play SSD cards.

    1) Do we loose our firewall policies if we re-image our exiting ASA 5515 located at different sites with FTD ?

    2) Is there any command changes?

    3) FTD works with which minimum version of FMC?

    4) Do we need additional memory on ASA for FTD ?

    5) How quick is the whole process?

    6) Are there any issues we need to worry about?


    • lammle
      August 3, 2018 @ 1:25 pm

      1. Yes, unless you migrate. if you can do a clean install, I highly recommend it!
      2. Yes. You need to manage the whole FTD box via the manager called Firepower Management Center (FMC). Very little CLI; only verification
      3. 6.1
      4. No
      5. Depends on the amount of ACL’s and VPN’s on your existing box
      6. Yes. Possible to take my class?


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