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PIX515e software upgrade from 7.2 to 8.0.3(ED)

Hi Experts,

We are planning to upgrade the PIX515e (128 MB, 16 MB flash) adaptive software from 7.2(4) to 8.0.3(ED). In our environment the two PIXes are working in active-standby mode and experiencing high memory utilization.

1) What are the bug fixes(like memory leak fix) and new configuration options in the 8.0.3(ED)?

2) Is there any issues to upgrade 7.2 to 8.0.3(ED)?

3) Is the upgrade to new version software fix the memory utilization issue?

Advanced Thanks and Regards,

Sihanu N

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PIX515e software upgrade from 7.2 to 8.0.3(ED)

Hi Sihanu,

1.  You can go through the release notes, they would tell you all the new features and open caveats:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/pix/pix80/release/notes/prn803.html

2. There is no issue in upgrading, just check the hardware requirements from the release notes above.

3. It doesn't guarantee that, only if you are hitting a bug would an upgrade help, if it is genuinly high, due to large amount of traffic, i am not sure if upgrade would help.

Try one thing:

Reboot one of the firewall, and check the memory usage as soon as it is back up, that would be your baseline for memory usage without any traffic, and then monitor it and check if the memory goes up or not with the incraese in traffic.

Hope that helps,

Thanks,

Varun

Thanks, Varun Rao Security Team, Cisco TAC
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PIX515e software upgrade from 7.2 to 8.0.3(ED)

Hi Sihanu,

1.  You can go through the release notes, they would tell you all the new features and open caveats:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/pix/pix80/release/notes/prn803.html

2. There is no issue in upgrading, just check the hardware requirements from the release notes above.

3. It doesn't guarantee that, only if you are hitting a bug would an upgrade help, if it is genuinly high, due to large amount of traffic, i am not sure if upgrade would help.

Try one thing:

Reboot one of the firewall, and check the memory usage as soon as it is back up, that would be your baseline for memory usage without any traffic, and then monitor it and check if the memory goes up or not with the incraese in traffic.

Hope that helps,

Thanks,

Varun

Thanks, Varun Rao Security Team, Cisco TAC
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