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PIX 515 failover box??

I have a PIX 515 that a friend gave me. I was told by a salesman that it was a failover unit that won't work by itself. It shows that it is a PIX 515, 32 MB RAM, CPU Pentium 200 MHZ, Licensed options: failover: disabled, ipsec: disabled. The unit shows that it is v.4.4(7), but my main question is will this work as a standalone unit just fine, or do I need to get a "primary" unit to work with it. (It does have the word "failover" on the back next to the failover port) I don't need a failover configuration at this time. Thanks!

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Re: PIX 515 failover box??

PIX boxes are turned into failover boxes by the existence of the failover cable. If it’s not plugged in, it’s a standalone firewall and will work fine. By the way… your friend got any more PIX’s laying around? :)

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Re: PIX 515 failover box??

I had a similiar situation. When I tried to boot the failover box it would not boot and gave a message that it was a failover box and needed a primary PIX to work. I checked with Cisco and in fact if it is a failover box, it cannot work as a standalone system. I needed the primary PIX box. It should tell you this when you attempt to boot.

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Re: PIX 515 failover box??

It turns out that the older code will allow the PIX to boot if it is indeed a FO unit. The problem is the PIX will re-boot every 24 hours or less. With th 6.0 code it wont even boot! Can't blame them as it cost much less that the real deal.

Mike

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