PIX 515E Upgrade from 6.3(5) to 7.2(X)

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Oct 6th, 2008

I am looking at upgrading a 515E to 7.2(X) release but I am wondering about the memory requirements. The PIX in question has 64MB Ram/16MB Flash, UR and FO licensing. I keep seeing in the memory requirements that it needs to be a minimum of 128MB Ram to maintain the licensing but I have another PIX firewall that was upgraded(by another tech) to 7.2(2)14 that is also 64/16 with the same licensing structure and it appears that all the licensing remained intact after the upgrade. I am a bit confused by the memory requirements and am wondering if I should be concerned.

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Correct Answer by cisco24x7 about 8 years 2 months ago

Pix 515E uses PC100 SDRAM. If you have an old

DELL Optiplex GX110 desktop, you can take the

128MB ram chip from the desktop and put into

the Pix 515E and it will run just fine. Both

Pix 515E and Dell Optiplex GX110 use Kingston

SDRAM PC100.

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ajagadee Mon, 10/06/2008 - 13:20

Bill,

It is highly recommended that you upgrade the memory on the Pix515E to 128MB before upgrading to 7.2(x) as per the below URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/vpndevc/ps5708/ps5709/ps2030/prod_bulletin0900aecd8023c8d4.html

Even though, the upgrade to 7.x with 64 MB might work, it will not be officially supported by TAC. Atleast, that is my understanding.

Regards,

Arul

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wr3500 Mon, 10/06/2008 - 13:35

Arul,

Thanks for the reply. Currently the customer is not in the position to upgrade the RAM or replace the firewall. The logic behind the upgrade is that they have hit the limit on interfaces 6.3(5) will support(VLAN/Physical)and the only workaround I see is a code upgrade at this point in time.

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cisco24x7 Mon, 10/06/2008 - 16:26

Pix 515E uses PC100 SDRAM. If you have an old

DELL Optiplex GX110 desktop, you can take the

128MB ram chip from the desktop and put into

the Pix 515E and it will run just fine. Both

Pix 515E and Dell Optiplex GX110 use Kingston

SDRAM PC100.

wr3500 Tue, 10/07/2008 - 05:33

Cisco24x7,

Thanks for the info. I will look into that and see if it is an option in this case.

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