Factory Reset a Cisco ASA or Cisco PIX Firewall

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You want to wipe the firewall’s config and revert to the factory settings (passwords blank – inside set to and DHCP enabled, with all other settings wiped).


1. Connect to the ASA via the console Cable. CLICK HERE

2. log in and go to configure terminal mode.

3. Execute the following command “config factory-default”

4. Press the space bar a few times to execute the commands.

5. When you get back to command prompt Execute the following command “reload save-config noconfirm” (Or on a Cisco PIX, write mem {enter} > reload {enter}{enter}).

6. The Firewall will reboot set to factory settings.

Procedure carried out on a Cisco PIX 501 (Running version 6)

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Procedure carried out on a Cisco PIX 515E (Running version 8)

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