How to Enable ASDM History on Cisco ASA Firewalls

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Make: Cisco
: ASA 5506-X, ASA 5506 W-X, ASA 5508-X, Cisco ASA 5500 Series
Mode: GUI [ASDM] & CLI [SSH]
Version: ASA version 9.x or later, ASDM version 7.x or later
Description: In this article, we will discuss the stepwise method of how to enable ASDM history in Cisco ASA Firewalls or how to resolve the issue of “ASDM history is not enabled” through ASDM & SSH. Refer to the link if you are looking to Configure ASDM on Cisco ASA Firewalls.

Sometimes when you try to get the graph or bandwidth utilization for the last 5 days or 1 day you get an error “ASDM history is disabled” (as shown below in the image). Here we will discuss how to enable ASDM history via GUI [ASDM] and CLI [SSH] method


GUI [ASDM] Method

Step1: Login
Log in to Cisco ASA through ASDM.


Step2: Advanced Setting
Navigate to the Advanced setting

Configuration => Device Management => Advanced => History Metrics

and then check the box “ASDM History Metrics“. Follow the steps as shown below in the image.


Step3: Apply
Click “Apply” and then “Save” the configuration to save the changes.

CLI [SSH] Method

Step1: Login
SSH onto the ASA using username and password.

SSH 10.1

Step2: Status
To check and confirm the ASDM history status, run the command as shown below

Login as: edledge
User edledge logged in to edledge-asa
Logins over the last 446 days: 23333. Last login: 15:00:39 IST May 21 2020 from
Failed logins since the last login: 0.
Type help or '?' for a list of available commands.
edledge-asa> en
Password: ************
edledge-asa# conf t
edledge-asa# sh run asdm
asdm image disk0:/asdm-7161-150.bin
no asdm history enable

Step3: Enable History
Enable history by executing the command as shown below.

edledge-asa# conf t
edledge-asa(config)# asdm history enable
edledge-asa(config)# exit

Step4: Save
Save the configuration

edledge-asa# wr
Building configuration...
Cryptochecksum: adaa39b1 adaa39b1 adaa39b1 adaa39b1
226439 bytes copied in 0.960 secs

ASDM history should have been enabled now Cisco ASA.

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Source – Cisco, Knowledge Base, Lab


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