6 Replies Latest reply on Nov 21, 2017 9:46 AM by Deltona

    Cisco ASA 5510 & SNMPv3 Contexts


      Hi Folks,

      I'm having a look at using SNMP v3 for our firewalls. On our ASA 5510s I cannot find anywhere to add a context for SNMP. Is the context needed by NPM for monitoring via v3 or does anyone know if I'm missing something?

        • Re: Cisco ASA 5510 & SNMPv3 Contexts

          Not sure if I totally understand the question but here goes.

          The System context is not really a context and therefore has no external monitoring available to it. Once you have created a context you can set up SNMP for each of those separately. You monitor each context as if it were a different firewall that's the reason for setting it up in each individual context.

          Hope that answers your question

            • Re: Cisco ASA 5510 & SNMPv3 Contexts


              thanks for your reply. I was i rushing out the door when I wrote that question so I didn't fully explain it sorry about that. I'm not referring to the firewall contexts I'm talking about the SNMP 'context name' which appears to be a required feild when configuring SNMP v3.

              Just for others reading this post - there are 2 types of contexts referred to within.

              1. Is a Firewall context as mentioned above in Myanta's post, I will refer to this as FW context

              2. The other I will refer to as the SNMPv3 Context. This is one of the required fields to fill out in NPM when entering SNMPv3 credentials.

              I monitor the Firewalls as Myanta mentioned above where each FW context is considered an individual device by NPM. What I'm trying to do is configure one of these individual FW contexts for SNMPv3. When I am configuring the SNMPv3 credentials it asks for the SNMPv3 Context however on my FW I do not have (or cannot find) any where to configure or discover the SNMPv3 Context name. Has anyone else configured an ASA 5510 for SNMPv3?


              • Re: Cisco ASA 5510 & SNMPv3 Contexts

                So it is possible to monitor a firewall with multiple contexts with each context being seen as a different firewall? Have you achieved this yourself? We have an ASA 5585 with multiple contexts configured and I would like to monitor traffic on an interface on one of these contexts. This box is presently running SNMPv2  and when I go to list resources on the box it is only displaying interfaces on the admin context. If we were to upgrade the box to use SNMPv3 would it be possible to monitor interfaces within each context? Thanks

                  • Re: Cisco ASA 5510 & SNMPv3 Contexts

                    Hi there,


                    You will need to make the interface(s) visible using the following command:

                    allocate-interface <ifnameX/X> visible


                    Re-list resources after that and you should now be able to see the interface.

                    One thing to be aware of is the possible lack of interface persistence, depending on which version IOS you're running.

                    So if the firewall reboots, the interfaces will get random IDs and Orion won't be able to locate them any longer.

                    Cisco Bug: CSCtx33616