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Home Lab IOS Licensing


I am about as newb as newb can get, so please have patience with me. I started pursuing CCNA, and along the way started building a home lab. My question is: I see in Cisco's licensing model that when you buy used equipment from non- Cisco certified resellers, that the rights to use the IOS software does not transfer with the equipment. So when I buy per se a router with IOS x loaded on it, I legally cannot use it. I want to be honest and not cheat Cisco out of money, and people can flame me for that, but seriously, in integrity, I am seeking if someone here, who is endowed by Cisco to state Cisco's position regarding students using old Cisco equipment to learn and get certified to support their technology, can give me some sort of concrete answer, so I can start labbing with a clear conscience. I read a bit of Cisco history, and I think I have a handle on why it is the way it is, but I am looking for Cisco's stance regarding students purchasing and using old equipment. Hands-on is the way to go. Clearly from the fact of me posting this, I am trying to be honest. The equipment is purely for home education in pursuit of Certification. So far my equipment is, I believe, end of life. It consists of: 3 2821's, 2 3550 PWR EMI's, 3 wic 2t's, and a 16a card to attempt to setup an access server. I just need permission to use the software that is on it. Thanks for your patience, and any assistance you can give, would be greatly appreciated, as I am exhausted from trying to figure this thing out. I think I have spent close to as much time learning Cisco licensing, as I have studying for the CCNA exam so far. -Well positively, I should probably ace the licensing part of the exam.


Also, if this post should be somewhere else, please advise.


Thanks again


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Aannnddd crickets!

Aannnddd crickets!

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Yes, crickets.  Those of us who don't work for Cisco, cannot speak for them, and the Cisco employees who post, probably aren't in a position to define Cisco policies.

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Echoing Joesph's post - if

Echoing Joesph's post - if you want an official answer, then a volunteer community support forum isn't the right venue.

I'd suggest you email an inquiry to

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Hello,Thanks for posting guys


Thanks for posting guys. I would rather get rebuked, than hear nothing. I figured there would be official Cisco peeps monitorig the sites. Lesson learned, thanks for the policy exerpt, as I would have taken things on here as being endorsed by Cisco. Maybe I should study that next -tee hee. Anyhu, I called Cisco and was passed around a bit, I started in TAC, then went to Licensing, and they were all nice to work with. I landed in the Certifications department and was able to get an answer from some of their resources. - In short, on to labbing. Thanks to all who read and posted.

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