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Cisco ASA Static NAT Multiple Global IPs to Single Real IP

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I am finally getting comfortable with Cisco ASA Object NAT introduced with software version 8.3. I like that ACLs use the real IP address not the global/translated IP Address.

I am still struggling when in the CLI trying to parse the different elements of the of the object because there are two "object network XYX" references in the configuration, one for the host and one for the NAT mapping.

Now on to the NAT fun....

I had an interesting Static NAT configuration scenario with Cisco ASA software version 9.1(1) recently. A customer has a domain registered and hosts their own public DNS servers. Originally they had two Authoritative Name Servers (NS) with different IP Addresses.

NS1
Public IP X.X.X.1
Private IP Z.Z.Z.1

NS2
Public IP X.X.X.2
Private IP Z.Z.Z.2

The ASA had the standard object with static nat translations:

object network inside-NS1
 host Z.Z.Z.1
 nat (inside,outside) static X.X.X.1
!
object network inside-NS2
 host Z.Z.Z.2
 nat (inside,outside) static X.X.X.2


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A Network Engineer Jumps into VMware with The Official VCP5 Certification Guide

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I have worked in the IT industry for 18 years. All this time I have been focused on the Network and Network Infrastructure. I have worked on everything network, from Token Ring to ATM, Frame Relay to MPLS, 10Mbps Ethernet to Fibre Channel over Ethernet, and even Fibre Channel over Token Ring.

I decided I was ready to officially jump into virtualization. I say officially because 1) I have been "touching" VMware for the last two years and 2) I'm ready to earn VCP5 certification.

To start my journey, I recently attended the vSphere 5.1 Install, Manage, and Configure class (the official class is required for VCP5 certification). The class was great for the lecture, lab, and discussion. I needed more. To prepare for the VCP5 Exam I also need a guide to further solidify my understanding.

I am making my way through The Official VCP5 Certification Guide (VMware Press Certification). This book is great! Each section provides thorough details and explanations.

Given my networking…