ASDM has two main components, both of which are explored in this chapter:
These two components have several subcomponents that are addressed in detail in this chapter. In many cases, subcomponents have several layers of detail.
The enable/disable state of some menu items will change depending on the current selection of the GUI and rights of the logged-on user. Because of this, the navigation bar is discussed with appropriate information interjected about the pull-down menus as the chapter progresses.
If you followed the instructions in Chapter 3, “Getting Started with the ASA/PIX Security Appliance,” you should be able to access the ASDM GUI. The following is a summary of the steps you need to take to connect your PC to the ASA/PIX Security Appliance for ASDM access:
Ensure that your PC is connected to Ethernet 1 on the ASA/PIX Security Appliance via a crossover cable or a switch.
Ensure that your PC has the IP address 192.168.1.2.
On the Windows operating system, launch either Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater or Netscape 7.1/7.2. Netscape 7.0 and Mozilla 1.7.3 are also supported on Sun Solaris and Linux.
Java 1.4.2 or 1.5.0 must be installed on any browser platform that you select. (The examples in this book use Microsoft Windows.)
To start the ASDM on your Windows PC, follow these steps:
|Step 1.||Enter the command https://192.168.1.1/admin. The screen in display.|
|Step 2.||When the screen from displays, you can select either to launch ASDM as a Java applet or as a Windows application. (This book uses the Java applet; but if you select to use the application, there will be differences in what you see on the screen.)|
|Step 3.||Appropriately answer all the prompts for passwords and certificate acceptance. One of the advantages of using the ASDM launcher application is that you don’t need to respond to the certificate dialog boxes seen when using the Java applet.|
When you have successfully connected to the ASA/PIX Security Appliance, the panel displays on your browser.