How do I apply a 50-user upgrade license to ASA 5505??

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Mar 27th, 2009
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I am a contractor with a client that is upgrading 7 Cisco ASA 5505's from 10-user license(s) to 50-user license(s). I have never run into a client of mine who didn't purchase an unlimited licensed Cisco product and have no clue what the procedure is to upgrade.

I did some research online and saw some command-line steps for upgrading 3DES-AES Encryption Licenses, but nothing on user license upgrade procedures...are they similar?

Anyone know the command-line steps or documentation regarding said steps for implementing these upgrade licenses?


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acomiskey Fri, 03/27/2009 - 10:13
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Do you have a PAK number?

Go to, enter the PAK and follow instructions. You will receive an email with new activation key. Then login to ASA and do


binarydaddy Fri, 03/27/2009 - 10:23
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My client ordered the upgrade(s) from CDW and they have not received the PAK numbers yet.

So once I have the PAK numbers, I go to, enter the PAK, get the emailed activation key...and then when I login to the ASA, do I need to be in standard mode or advanced mode?

Just been a couple years since I have done anything for upgrading and appreciate the help.



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