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CCSP SNAF Quick Reference by Andrew Mason

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CLI and ASDM Connection

There are two ways to configure a Cisco ASA: through the CLI, or through the ASDM.

Both the CLI and ASDM offer benefits for configuration, and people disagree as to the best method. The CLI versus GUI configuration argument has been around since the days of UNIX versus Windows. The CLI is fast, after you have mastered it, but the GUI is very intuitive and easier to configure, especially with the wizard quick-configuration options now available.

CLI

The CLI is the historic way in which all Cisco devices were configured. This is a command-based interface similar to a UNIX- or DOS-based operating system. Commands are typed through a terminal connection to the ASA, and these are then written to the configuration. The CLI ...

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