EOL/EOS for the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance Software v7.1
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Updated:Feb 04, 2008
® announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance Software v7.1. The last day to order the affected product(s) is August 4, 2008. Customers with active service contracts will continue to receive support from the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as shown in Table 1 of the EoL bulletin. Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product(s). Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement. For customers with active and paid service and support contracts, support will be available until the termination date of the contract, even if this date exceeds the Last Date of Support shown in Table 1.
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance Software v7.1
End-of-Life Announcement Date
The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public.
February 4, 2008
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
August 4, 2008
Last Ship Date: OS SW
The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.
November 2, 2008
End of SW Maintenance Releases Date: OS SW
The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.
August 4, 2009
End of New Service Attachment Date: OS SW
For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.
August 4, 2009
End of Service Contract Renewal Date: OS SW
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
October 30, 2012
Last Date of Support
The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.
August 3, 2013
HW = Hardware
OS SW = Operating System Software
App. SW = Application Software
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
End-of-Sale Product Part Number
Replacement Product Part Number
Replacement Product Description
ASA 5500 Series Software v7.1
ASA 5500 Series Software v7.2
Product Migration Options
Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance customers running version 7.1 software are encouraged to migrate to version 7.2 software. This software supports all of the features found in version 7.1, and adds many additional features that customers can take advantage of. A feature comparison summary is shown below. For more information, please review the release notes for each specific software release.
Table 3. Product Comparisons
Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance Software v7.1
Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance Software v7.2
Software Release Designator
Early Deployment (ED)
Early Deployment (ED)
Regular Expression Matching for HTTP, SMTP, and SIP
Advanced Application Layer Inspection for DNS
Advanced Application Layer Inspection for ESMTP over TLS, Microsoft RPC/DCE-RPC, SCCP-based Video
Network Admission Control (NAC) Support
Redundant ISP Support
Generic Input Rate Limiting
Resource Management for Security Contexts (Virtual Firewalls)
Firewall Traffic Hairpin Support
Real-Time Packet Capture Output
Customers can use the Cisco Technology Migration Plan (TMP) to trade in products and receive credit toward the purchase of new Cisco equipment. For more information about Cisco TMP, go to
http://www.cisco.com/go/tradein/. The Cisco TMP application requires all users to have a Cisco.com user ID.
Customers may be able to continue to purchase the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance Software v7.1 through the Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment program. Refurbished units may be available in limited supply for sale in certain countries on a first-come, first-served basis until the Last Date of Support has been reached. For information about the Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment program, go to
For More Information
For more information about the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance Software v7.2, visit
http://www.cisco.com/go/asa, or contact your local account representative.