Cisco IPS 4200 Series Sensors

EOL/EOS for the Cisco IPS Sensor Software Version 5.1

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Cisco ® announces the end-of-sale and end-of life dates for the Cisco IPS Sensor Software Version 5.1. The last day to order the affected product(s) is October 27, 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 IPS Sensor Software Version 5.1




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.

April 25, 2008

End-of-Sale Date

The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.

October 24, 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.

January 22, 2009

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.

October 24, 2009

End of Signature Update and Support Date: OS SW

The last date to receive new signature updates and signature support for the product. After this date, new signature updates are unavailable.

October 24, 2009

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.

October 23, 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

Product Description

Replacement Product Part Number

Replacement Product Description


IPS 5.1.X SW for IDS 4215/IPS 4200 series


IPS Software version 6.0

Product Migration Options

Customers are encouraged to migrate to the Cisco IPS Sensor Software Version 6.0. Information about this product can be found at:

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco IPS Sensor Software Version 6.0, visit, or contact your local account representative.
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