LAN switching IOS

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Jan 22nd, 2009

Can anyone help me understand the real differences between the "IP base" and "IP services" IOS's for the 3550, 3560, and 3750 series switches.

Thanks for the help.

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Jon Marshall Thu, 01/22/2009 - 10:54

It's basically that the IP Services IOS offers more functionality in terms of routing protocols supported ie. BGP/EIGRP/OSPF + multicast + other features such as PBR. From the 3560 Q&A -

Q. What software images does the Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series support?

A. The Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series can be purchased with the IP Base or IP Services licenses pre-installed. The IP Base license (formerly called the Standard Multilayer Image, or SMI) offers advanced QoS, rate limiting, ACLs, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing functions. The IP Services license (formerly called the Enhanced Multilayer Image, or EMI) provides a richer set of enterprise-class features, including advanced hardware-based IP unicast and IP Multicast routing as well as policy-based routing (PBR). The Advanced IP Services license, although not available as a pre-installed option, upgrades Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series switches to include IPv6 routing and IPv6 ACL support. Upgrade licenses are available to upgrade a switch from the IP Base license to the IP Services license or Advanced IP Services license as well as from the IP Services license to the Advanced IP Service license


burleyman Thu, 01/22/2009 - 11:16

I was not the one who asked the question but I have been looking for a software comaprison tool....




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