It’s easy to get a full backup of an ASA by using ASDM and there are advantages of this method over using CLI. Here’s a walkthrough of how to obtain a full backup and a list of the advantages.
Pulling the Backup
Step One: Open up the Cisco ASDM-IDM Launcher and log into your ASA device.
Step Two: Navigate to Tools > Backup Configurations and you will see this screen:
Step Three: Name the file and pick a place to save it on your local computer.
Step Four: Click Backup and wait for the confirmation message, it will look like this. Note: the default secret key password is cisco, cisco if you haven’t customized it.
Step Five: Keep the backup in case it is needed.
Restoring the ASA Using the ASDM Backup
Step One: In ASDM, navigate to Tools > Restore Configurations
Step Two: Select the zip file backup created and follow the prompts.
Alison Wallick, PEI