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Cisco IOS 15 licensing

I just read an interesting article about the new licensing on Cisco hardware, especially after the End-of-Sale and End-of-Life Announcement for Cisco IOS Software Release 12.4.

In short the article tells the following:

IOS 12.4 is replaced by IOS 15. IOS 15 is a single software package for the hardware platform that your are using. You have one image with all the features and there’s no need to copy multiple images for different features. By default you can use all the base features and you need a license key to use the Advanced IP feature set.

This licensing can be compared to the licensing of a Cisco PIX, ASA or IPS. Maybe this will be hard for some of you, especially in situations where you replace a broken hardware component (License Transfer Between Two Working Devices).

So pay attention and take some time to dig into the new developments in Cisco IOS 15 licensing.

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René Jorissen

Co-owner and Solution Specialist at 4IP Solutions
René Jorissen works as Solution Specialist for 4IP in the Netherlands. Network Infrastructures are the primary focus. René works with equipment of multiple vendors, like Cisco, Aruba Networks, FortiNet, HP Networking, Juniper Networks, RSA SecurID, AeroHive, Microsoft and many more. René is Aruba Certified Edge Expert (ACEX #26), Aruba Certified Mobility Expert (ACMX #438), Aruba Certified ClearPass Expert (ACCX #725), Aruba Certified Design Expert (ACDX #760), CCNP R&S, FCNSP and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEF) certified. You can follow René on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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