How to add Cisco ASA 8.4(2) to GNS3 1.1 and get it working ?

Adding the ASA :

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1. Navigate to Edit > Preferences > Qemu > Qemu VMs.

2. Click New at the bottom of the UI.

3. You’ll get a popup box " New Qemu VM ".

4. Give a name to you vm and select the TYPE as ASA 8.4(2).

5. Select your Initial RAM Disk file (***initrd.gz) and your kernel image (***vmlinuz) and click on finish.

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Additional Configuration :

1. Go back to Qemu > Qemu Vms.

2. Select your ASA vm and click on Edit.

3. On the " Qemu VM configuration " pop up UI , go to Advanced Settings configuration tab.

4. On kernel command line replace the content there with:

-append ide_generic.probe_mask=0x01 ide_core.chs=0.0:980,16,32 auto nousb console=ttyS0,9600 bigphysarea=65536

//UPDATE// : If the above kernel command doesn’t work try this one :

-append ide_generic.probe_mask=0x01 ide_core.chs=0.0:980,16,32 auto nousb console=ttyS0,9600 bigphysarea=65536 ide1=noprobe no-hlt -net nic

5. On options : Replace the content with: -vnc none -vga none -m 1024 -icount auto -hdachs 980,16,32

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And that’s it.

Add ASA to your configuration, boot and put in you activation keys.

If you face any issues related to disk space , something like "%Error copying system:/running-config (Not enough space on device)" do this :

Create a Flash HDD and use it in Qemu > Qemu Vms > your ASA > Edit > HDD Tab. Use the following command :

Run CMD in Admin :

C:\Program Files\GNS3\qemu>qemu-img.exe create FLASH 256M

Output " Formatting ‘FLASH’, fmt=raw size=268435456

This will create a file called "FLASH".

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**** NOTE **** FIRST BOOT AND BOOT AFTER LICENSE ACTIVATION WILL TAKE A WHILE. ALL BOOTS AFTER THAT WILL BE NORMAL. IF IT TAKES LONGER CHECK YOU FIREWALL OR HIDS SETTINGS ON PC.

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Source: https://community.gns3.com/community/support/forum/blog/2014/10/26/how-to-add-cisco-asa-842-to-gns3-11-and-get-it-working

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