Need Basic help with Pix 501 config

Hello again! I am an entry-level tech needing help with a Cisco Pix


I am in the unfortunate position of having a lot of responsibility dumped on me and not a lot of knowledge to back it up. I am making the best of a bad situation......

I need to figure out what IP address my Pix 501 was configured to. It was configured by my boss, who has no recollection of what he did, and he has no experience on Pix either. I need this IP address in order to move forward on the project that it was purchased for, but I am stuck.

Could someone please help me - with basic instructions on how to check the settings/configuration? Please keep in mind that I have NO experience with Pix.

Thank you in advance.

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You need to ssh to the server, or connect to the console port "vt100" and a password. Then run "enable" and a password. Then run "show run", to see the config. Run "show ip" to see the ip addresses.


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Thank you for your help. Please forgive my ignorance. Can you tell me what ssh if? I thought I would have to connect to the Pix with my laptop.

Sorry for the trouble - I am learning as I am going.

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Secure Shell, a secure alternative to Telnet for connecting to your Pix using the network.

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Since you don't know your Pix's IP address, it is likely that you don't know it's name on the network either (otherwise you could use nslookup to find it's IP address). Therefore you will be unable to use SSH or Telnet to connect to it.

So yes, you'll have to use a laptop and a serial (RS232) connection to the console port in the back of the device (I assume your Pix has one). You presumably know how to do this and have the correct cables.

Once you have discovered it's IP address, I'd save a copy of the config to the laptop. You may need to refer to it if you want more help in this newsgroup.

There's free documentation and how-to guides available at Cisco's web-site. However Cisco's "IOS" operating system is not exactly easy to learn.

I'm fairly new to Cisco kit and unqualified, so if I had a Pix I'd start by using their web-based SDM configuration tool. Your Mileage May Vary.

Have you considered getting paid help from a qualified Cisco consultant?

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Ian Wilson

Then it's a good job that the Pix doesn't run IOS.



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Well OK, but the PixOS commands quoted by Jan Rockstedt look exactly like IOS commands to me :-)

It seems Cisco are assimilating Network Translation's Pix and PixOS, just as they did Crescendo's Catalyst switches and CatOS. Resistance is futile!

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Well, Pix 7.x is starting to look more like IOS but 6.x is nothing like!

Indeed. Everything they buy get's turned into IOS styley software. CatOS, Pix. I've been working with the CSS (Arrowpoint) and Service Control Engines (P-Cube), but both boxes are very non-IOS like at the moment but it's early days. They will be assimilated eventually. Like you say, resistance is futile!

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If you are lucky, the PIX may have been configured to dish out IP addresses by DHCP. Set your PC to DHCP and find out, then, if you get an IP, either Telnet/SSH/HTTPS to the gateway address.


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I have resolved my issue. Thank you to everyone for your assistance.

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