Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cisco VPN 3005 - Import XML Config

The Cisco 3005 VPN concentrator is most definitely a device past its prime. However, I still see them in the field (even though they should not be used.)

One problem that I've seen is that the GUI does not provide for a way to import the XML file that it so readily exports.

The answer is to use the CLI. First, upload the XML file to the file system in the GUI under file management and remember the name you used. Then connect to the device via serial or some other manner:

               Welcome to
               Cisco Systems
       VPN 3000 Concentrator Series
          Command Line Interface
Copyright (C) 1998-2005 Cisco Systems, Inc.

1) Configuration
2) Administration
3) Monitoring
4) Save changes to Config file
5) Help Information
6) Exit

From there, select 2, and you'll see:

1) Administer Sessions
2) Software Update
3) System Reboot
4) Reboot Status
5) Ping
6) Traceroute
7) Access Rights
8) File Management
9) Certificate Management
10) Back

Select 8

Which File to import XML from

Put in the name of the file you copied to the system using the GUI and you'll see:

Import successful.
Back out: 10 followed by 10 again, and save config. Reboot the system. You may need to re-import the XML as sometimes things like default gateways don't get set correctly on the first import.