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The Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP) is a Cisco developed routing-protocol to maintain a transparent redirection of designate(or certain?) outbound traffics at the inbound Interface.

One or more Cache Proxy Server keep local copies of often “web” requested resources and answer the local request in real time that help in increasing your downstream bandwidth usage. The access and the download time of the web content will be improved significantly, you can also use the Cache proxy server as Web-Proxy-Server to control the internet traffic .

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For a professional usage of WCCP you can use a security appliance like Sophos(Astaro) or BlueCoat ProxySG but you can also use a software based proxy server, I decided to use squid on a CentOS 64 Bit Linux machine, squid is most popular Linux proxy server for caching and filtering of websites, I know of some ISPs which are using squid and they are pretty pleased with it .

The Topology:

Before you begin you have to know that the Caching Proxy Server have to be in the same Interface  to the Clients , it is the only topology which ASA supported the WCCP , for example  you cannot run the Proxy Server in the management Network to use it for web redirection in the production Network . Many of problems regarding the WCCP located here, end of Configuration you realize that it does not work and believe me it is very disappointed. Continue Reading…

Run CCP in Windows 8

March 6, 2013 — 9 Comments

The Cisco Configuration Professional (CCP) is a useful tool for configuring and monitoring your Switch and Routers; it is the successor of Cisco security Device Manager (SDM), nevertheless I still think it is not so powerful like ASDM.
However if you try to run the CCP on Windows 8 you will end up with such nice user interface:

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yes it is unfortunate but true; the half of the application would not displayed on the Desktop, at this point you think the bug is placed by the usual suspects like Java or Active X elements, so I did uninstalled and reinstall a new and an old version of java also I did activated Active X in IE but all that I have done could not fix that problem.

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Generally Cisco ASA has one Management interface and four Gigabit Interfaces, but in modern systems and scalable Infrastructures you will need more than four Interfaces. To overcome this limitation you can configure some VLANs and trunk them to an Interfaces. This was a standard solution to this problem, however since ASA version 8.4.2 you are able to use Ether Channel to solve this problem.

The benefit of Ether Channel or Port Channel is that you are able to configure redundancy and load balancing in the same time; all four ASA Interfaces will be bundle to a link in the Layer 2 then you assign all VLANs directly to the Port Channel and so they applied to all Interfaces of ASA .

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