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Separate CSM license required for "Dev" environment

We would like to setup a CSM Dev server - is it necessary to have a separate CSM license for this?

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Re: Separate CSM license required for "Dev" environment

Anyone with a valid account can download Cisco Security Manager and use the software for up to 90 days in evaluation mode. Go to and access the “Download Software” link.

Use beyond 90 days requires a permanent license.

That said, there's not really a need to have separate CSM instances for dev and production per se unless there's a srict corporate policy enforced in that regard.

For more details on licensing please refer here (deployment planning guide) and here (product bulletin). The lowest entry level license is a 5-device CSM Standard (CSMST5-4.2-K9). If that's too costly for you, the option is to simply use the native GUI (like ASDM).

Hope this helps.

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Re: Separate CSM license required for "Dev" environment

We already own a license for it, so it would just be to install CSM on an additional box purely for testing - it would not be used for production at all.  I didn't think there would be an issue from the software's perspective, but wanted to be sure.

Thanks the the reply!

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Separate CSM license required for "Dev" environment

Multiple CSM servers, whether for reasons of scalability or separation of security / policy / etc. zones require separate licenses per the license terms.

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