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May 12th, 2012

Hi i have 2 cisco ASA 5550 in Active/standby.

I want to upgrade anyconnect license to 5000 users, Do i need to buy two license one for each ASA, or i can go with only one for the active ASA ????

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Correct Answer by Jennifer Halim about 1 year 11 months ago

When you perform the upgrade, it will automatically convert your 8.2 configuration to 8.4 configuration.

8.4 has the same configuration as 8.3, so you can refer to the same document to upgrade from 8.2 to 8.3.

Here is the documentation that list down the changes in version 8.3 and later (inc. the old config and the new config):

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa83/upgrading/migrating.html

Correct Answer by Marvin Rhoads about 1 year 11 months ago

If you're depending on these devices for 5000 remote users I would hope that you have Smartnet support and thus be eligible to upgrade.

I'd definitely recommend upgrading to 8.4 and then applying your single new license to be shared between the HA pair.

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Jennifer Halim Sun, 05/13/2012 - 00:39

Depends on which ASA version you are currently running.

ASA version 8.2 and older, you would need to have the same license on both Active and Standby ASA, ie: in your case, 2x 5000 Anyconnect user license.

ASA version 8.3 and later, you can just get the license for the active ASA. here is the doc for your reference:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa84/license/license_management/license.html#wp1487973

Hope that helps.

alkabeer80 Sun, 05/13/2012 - 04:54

hi Jennifer,

I am using

Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software Version 8.2(1)


so i guess i need two license for each box,

What will happen if i upgrade only the active device ????

Jennifer Halim Sun, 05/13/2012 - 05:00

if you upgrade only the active device, the ASA failover will get disabled as it detects that the license is not the same between the 2 devices.

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Marvin Rhoads Sun, 05/13/2012 - 07:25

If you're depending on these devices for 5000 remote users I would hope that you have Smartnet support and thus be eligible to upgrade.

I'd definitely recommend upgrading to 8.4 and then applying your single new license to be shared between the HA pair.

Jennifer Halim Sun, 05/13/2012 - 17:42

Just FYI, if you decide to upgrade to version 8.3 or higher, please ensure that you are familiar with the new configuration as there is a fair bit of configuration change from version 8.3 onwards, particularly NAT.

alkabeer80 Sun, 05/13/2012 - 20:42

thx Jennifer, i think i will not be able to upgrade to 8.3.

I will buy 2 license one for each box, how should i apply those lincses, should i start with standby device or start with active ?? as i understand once i apply the activation key for new license the failover will be broke between both devices so both of them become active.

alkabeer80 Sun, 05/13/2012 - 23:08

thxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Jennifer

If i want to upgrade to 8.4, is there any tool that i can paste my running config (8.2) and generate 8.4 config or i have to do it manually ??

also is there any document i can read for diffence between 8.2 and 8.4, i have search and i only found upgrade from 8.2 to 8.3 ??

thx again

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Jennifer Halim Mon, 05/14/2012 - 00:50

When you perform the upgrade, it will automatically convert your 8.2 configuration to 8.4 configuration.

8.4 has the same configuration as 8.3, so you can refer to the same document to upgrade from 8.2 to 8.3.

Here is the documentation that list down the changes in version 8.3 and later (inc. the old config and the new config):

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa83/upgrading/migrating.html

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