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Guidelines for Cisco Wireless Software Release Migration Bulletin

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PB738147

Updated October 2016

Types of Software Releases

Cisco® Wireless Software provides the types of releases listed in Table 1.

Table 1.       Cisco Wireless LAN Controller Software Release Description

Software Release

Description

Benefit

Maintenance Deployment (MD) releases

Software releases that provide bug-fix support and ongoing software maintenance. These releases are categorized as Maintenance Deployment (MD)*

These are long-lived releases with ongoing software maintenance.

Provide customers with a software release that offers stability and long support duration with periodic maintenance releases (MRs).

Early Deployment (ED) releases

Software releases that provide new features and new hardware platform support in addition to bug fixes. These releases are categorized as Early Deployment (ED). These are short-lived releases.

Allow a customer to deploy the latest features and new hardware platforms or modules.

Product Migration Options and Release Recommendations

Customers are encouraged to migrate their software according to the guidelines below.

Maintenance Deployment (MD) Releases

   Release 7.4 is the current MD release train (with no more MRs planned).

   Release 8.0 is the next MD release train (a release in this train is in the process of being qualified as MD).

Early Deployment (ED) Releases

   Release 8.0 is recommended for all customers currently in 7.2, 7.3, 7.5, or 7.6.

   Release 8.2 is recommended for all customers using the 5520 or 8540 series wireless controllers and/or the 1800, 1800-ME, 2800, or 3800 series access points.

   Customers are advised to upgrade to Release 8.0.140.0 to take advantage of multiple software fixes in the release.

   Federal customers (FIPS, Common Criteria, UCAPL) are advised to upgrade to 8.0.140.0.

Table 2 provides detailed guidance on recommended software releases.

Table 2.       Detailed Software Release Guidance

Software Release

Upcoming Releases

Recommended Release

Release 7.0
(MD release train)

No more MRs

  8.0 MD release train (8.0.140.0 is latest)

Release 7.3

No more MRs

  8.0 MD release train (8.0.140.0 is latest)

Release 7.4
(MD release train)

No more MRs

  8.0 MD release train (8.0.140.0 is latest)

Release 7.5

No more MRs

  8.0 MD release train (8.0.140.0 is latest)

Release 7.6

No more MRs

  8.0 MD release train (8.0.140.0 is latest)

Release 8.0
(MD release train)

8.0.140.0 is latest release, next release Q1CY171

  8.0.140.0

Release 8.1

No more MRs

  8.2 release train

Release 8.2

8.2.130.0 is latest release, next release planned Q4CY161

  Recommended for customers using 5520 or 8540 controllers or 1800, 1800-ME, 2800, or 3800 series access points

Release 8.3

8.3.102.0 is latest release, next release planned Q4CY161

  For customers needing the latest feature set
1 Represents the current plan for upcoming releases. This roadmap is subject to change at the sole discretion of Cisco ®, and Cisco will have no liability for delay in the delivery or failure to deliver any of the products or features set forth in this document.

For More Information

For more information about these releases, go to: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10315/prod_release_notes_list.html.

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