last time i went online to generate the license for the IPS but it failed so I called TAC and they generated it for me.
If i remember correctly, there's a license on ASA to run the IPS module but there's also a license in the IPS software for the IPS itself (which I guess is included but just needs to be generated and added in the IPS software via ASDM/IDM/IME/CLI...)
There's also a subscription required for auto-update of signatures...
Actually, the ASA5512-X unit is supposed to be an Cisco ASA 5512-IPS-K9 as per the part number received.
I have checked the link you posted and also found this on the IPS module:
"The IPS module license lets you run the IPS software module on the ASA.
You must also purchase a separate IPS signature subscription; for failover, purchase a subscription for each unit.
To obtain IPS signature support, you must purchase the ASA with IPS pre-installed (the part number must include "IPS")."
"The combined failover cluster license does not let you pair non-IPS and IPS units. For example, if you buy the IPS version of the ASA 5515-X (part number ASA5515-IPS-K9) and try to make a failover pair with a non-IPS version (part number ASA5515-K9), then Cisco will not let you obtain IPS signature updates for the ASA5515-K9 unit, even though it has an IPS module license inherited from the other unit."
Doesn't that imply that the unit I purchased is entitled for IPS signature updates?
IPS SVC, AR 24X7X4 ASA 5512-X with IPS, SW, 6GE Data, 1GE M.
Duration: 12 Month(s)
Here are the requirements for updating the signatures:
Signature updates require a valid Cisco Services for IPS subscription and license key. Go to http://www.cisco.com/go/license and click IPS Signature Subscription Service in order to apply for a license key.
A Cisco.com (CCO) user account that is associated with an active Cisco Services for IPS subscription.
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