Secure Mobile Access 12.4 Administration Guide

Helpful Management Tools

To manage the appliance from a remote system running Microsoft Windows, you may find the following management tools useful. Both of these tools use encryption to protect information from eavesdropping, unlike standard FTP or Telnet utilities:

  • A Secure Shell (SSH) client enables you to securely log in to the appliance and configure it from the command line. This is useful for backing up the system, viewing log files, and configuring advanced network settings. A popular SSH client for Windows is VanDyke Software’s SecureCRT. A trial download is available at Another popular client is PuTTY, a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows platforms. PuTTY is recommended by Cisco.

    To connect to the appliance using SSH, you type root as the username and type the password you created using Setup Wizard.

Most of the configuration management tasks that you need to perform—backing up and restoring your appliance configuration, applying upgrades, and so on—can be done on the Maintenance page in AMC, as described inManaging Configuration Data. If you prefer to handle these tasks on the command line, see Saving and Restoring Configuration Data.

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