Cisco 501 - 50 User license?

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Jan 16th, 2008
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Can someone please advise how Cisco determines the 50 user license limit.


A company I do business with has a Cisco 501 which is used ONLY for remote vpn (Windows XP - using PPTP) users to connect to internal hosts.


Internal users are routed to the internet via a PFsense firewall.


They have 25 remote users nationally & internationally but they have a problem getting any more than 12-16 remote users connected concurrently.

If there are multiple internal hosts being accessed by the remote users, how are the licenses counted i.e. is it 50 x unique source ip addresses or is it

based on session limits in the translation (xlate) table.


I have done a bit of reading and have read differing views so am a bit confused.


I have been asked to help troubleshoot this problem & have asked for details of the Cisco 501 config, error messages, IOS etc...BUT Im told that everything works fine EXCEPT that they hit a limit of approx 12-16 remote users connected concurrently so I was wondering if this was possibly a licensing problem?


thanks, Peter

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pschwalger Wed, 01/16/2008 - 15:39
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PIX version is 6.3(5)


Remote users are radius authenticated...


Another question this probably leads to is how many simultaneous VPN peers will a Cisco 501 support with a 10 / 50 User License.


e.g. Maximum number of simultaneous site-to-site or remote access IKE Security Association (SAs) supported...


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