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Field Notice: FN - 63742 - ASA 5505 Series Appliances - Some Appliances Might Fail to Boot Up After a Power Cycle - Fix on Failure

Field Notice: FN -63742 - ASA 5505 Series Appliances - Some Appliances Might Fail to Boot Up After a Power Cycle - Fix on Failure

Revised March 24, 2014
March 3, 2014


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Revision History

Revision Date Comment
1.1
24-MAR-2014
Updated the Products Affected Section
1.0
03-MAR-2014
Initial Public Release

Products Affected

Products Affected
ASA5505
ASA-SSC-AIP-5-K9(=) 

Problem Description

The Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) 5505 might fail to boot up after a power cycle operation.

Background

Cisco has been working with some customers on an issue related to memory components manufactured by a single supplier between 2005 and 2010. These memory components are widely used across the industry and are included in a number of Cisco products. 

Although the majority of Cisco products using these components are experiencing field failure rates below expected levels, some components may fail earlier than anticipated. A handful of our customers have recently experienced a higher number of failures, leading us to change our approach to managing this issue. 

While other vendors have chosen to address this issue in different ways, Cisco believes its approach is the best course of action for its customers. Despite the cost, we are demonstrating that we always make customer satisfaction a top priority. Customers can learn more about this topic at Memory Component Issue web page.

PLEASE NOTE: The products listed in this Field Notice have lower than expected failure rates. This assessment is based on actual usage of affected memory components, observed field failure rates and product replacements since 2012. 

A degraded component will not affect the ongoing operation of a device, but will be exposed by a subsequent power cycle event. This event will result in a hard failure of the device, which cannot be recovered by a reboot or additional power cycle. For these reasons, additional caution is recommended for operational activities requiring the simultaneous power cycling of multiple devices. This issue has been observed most commonly on devices that have been in service for 24 months or more.

Problem Symptoms

If the suspected hardware has been in operation for approximately 24 months, the appliance might fail to boot up due to memory failure during a power cycle event. This is caused by one of more of these actions:

  • Power up after installation
  • Recover from a power outage

Note: This issue does not affect the ASA 5505 while in operation. The appliance failure might occur after one or more of the actions listed is executed.

Workaround/Solution

Fix on Failure Replacement Guidelines: Request RMA product through normal service support channels.

PID
Action
Replacement PID
Quantity
ASA5505
Replace memory module
ASA5505-MEM-512=
1
ASA-SSC-AIP-5-K9
Replace SSC card
ASA-SSC-AIP-5-K9=
1

Refer to Cisco ASA 5505 Memory Upgrade Procedure video for instructions on how to replace the memory module in the ASA 5505 appliance.

Note: The operating configuration is not affected when the memory module is replaced.

How To Identify Hardware Levels

Enter the show inventory command in order to obtain the Product ID (PID). If the CLI is not available, physically inspect the device in order to locate the PID.

The PID for the ASA-SSC-AIP-5-K9 SSC linecard is shown as ASA-SSC-AIP-5.

For More Information

If you require further assistance, or if you have any further questions regarding this field notice, please contact the Cisco Systems Technical Assistance Center (TAC) by one of the following methods:

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