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How to obtain cryptographic software images for WS-2960-48-TC-L?

Is it possible to get the cryptographic software image for a Cisco catalyst switch in the 2960 series? I would like to logon to these switches using SSH instead of Telnet. I searched on the Cisco software site for "crytpographic software image", but my search results didn't find a link to the image. If I search the download tree for a 2960, the only images available are the LANBASE images w/o crytpography.

I am a resident of Canada, so I know Canadian residents are eligible to receive crytpo images.

If the images are available, where can I find them? As well, are they free or does one have to purchase the crypto image files?

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Re: How to obtain cryptographic software images for WS-2960-48-T

   I thought you could get them if you have a CCO account and the switch was registered as I think they have free lifetime upgrades and warranties.  Otherwise contact cisco and find out.  This is what you should be looking for once you get access " c2960-lanbasek9-mz.122-52.SE.bin"  .

Right from the main product description page.

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    Re: How to obtain cryptographic software images for WS-2960-48-T

    Hello Murray,

    For the 2960s, all the images are LAN Base and this image will provide SSH for you.  The latest is 122-52.(see below)

    and yes, both U.S and Canada are eligible to receive crytpo images.

    I think, once you pay for the license the first time , you can download any of the images, since they are all LAN Base, but you may want to double check with your Cisco Rep.

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    Re: How to obtain cryptographic software images for WS-2960-48-T

    Hi Murray,

    If you can't, it's always worthwhile to talk to the authorized Cisco reseller.

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    Re: How to obtain cryptographic software images for WS-2960-48-T

    Thank you, all

    As discussed in the responses, one does need a CCO account in order to download any software. As many know, all you need to do is put a single SmartNet contract on a single Cisco device in order to be eligible to request a CCO account. You can put the Cisco SmartNet contract on the oldest, least costly device to minimize the cost of the SmartNet contract, but you might as well put it on a critical device. Smartnet contracts work on a "per device" basis.  If you have 24 switches and a Smartnet contract on switch A and if switch Z dies, you cannot use the SmartNet contract to replace switch A, only switch Z. The SmartNet contracts are registered on the Serial Number of the switch.

    You can download any IOS images for any Cisco device with a single SmartNet contract. You also do not need to purchase a special license to download a crypto licence, you just need a CCO account and democratic ideals.

    As Glenn and Reza point out, the image that I needed was the K9 (crypto) image. I was just a bit confused by the way that Cisco desribes the images. For example, here are Cisco's descriptions:

    LAN BASE W/O CRYPTO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      c2960-lanbase-mz.122-52.SE.bin

    LAN BASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      c2960-lanbasek9-mz.122-52.SE.bin

    Hey, Cisco why not add "C/W Crypto"?

    For example, LAN BASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      C/W CRYPTO c2960-lanbasek9-mz.122-52.SE.bin

    Although, had I read beforehand the release notes for the k9 image, I would have seen that it did support "SSH"..

    Also, when you generate the key, you have the option of using between a 360 bit and 2048 bit RSA key. You need both a domain name and a hostname to generate the key. As well, after you generate the key, the hash of the key appears in the config along with a few lines of additionall config.

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