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Cisco PIX 500 Series Security Appliances

End of Life for Cisco PIX Firewall Release 5.0

Table Of Contents

Product Bulletin, No. 1167

Introduction

512KB Flash Memory Upgrade

8/16MB RAM Upgrade

Support

End-of-Life Schedule


Product Bulletin, No. 1167


End-of-Life for Cisco PIX Firewall
Release 5.0

Introduction

Software release 5.0 for the Cisco PIX Firewall has reached its End of Life (EOL) milestone. This software release is being removed from CCO, effective August 25, 2000.

This EOL serves several purposes:

1. Simplifies the task of selecting software for customers and account managers by reducing the number of releases concurrently available.

2. Encourages customers to operate their firewalls with more current software releases.

3. Improves software support by reducing the number of versions currently available.

It is recommended that all customers currently running Cisco PIX Firewall Release 5.0 upgrade their software to version 5.1(2).

512KB Flash Memory Upgrade

PIX "Classic" Firewall units (serial number 06002015 or lower) have a 512K flash card that will need to be upgraded to a minimum of 2MB in order to run the 5.1 software train. The Cisco Part PIX-FLASH-16MB= will meet these requirements, and is available through Cisco MarketPlace at http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/npm/direct_advantage.html.

Those with PIX 10000 or 5xx-series are not affected.

8/16MB RAM Upgrade

PIX "Classic" Firewall units have 8MB of RAM. PIX 10000 and PIX 510 Firewall units have 16MB of RAM. These units will need to be upgraded to a minimum of 32MB in order to run the 5.1 software train. Cisco part number PIX-MEM-UPG-128= meets these requirements for the "Classic" and 10000 units; Cisco part number PIX-MEM-5XX-128= meets these requirements for the 510 Firewall units. Both are available through the Cisco MarketPlace at http://www.cisco.com/public/npm/direct_advantage.html.

Those with PIX 506, 515, or 520 units are not affected.

Support

Cisco will continue to provide support for this release through the SMARTnet service program. Customers with SMARTnet service contracts are entitled to 24-hour phone support through the TAC and advance replacement of hardware. Cisco is committed to supporting this release for a period of three years after the End-of-Life announcement.

End-of-Life Schedule

Last CCO Download Date: August 25, 2000
Last Support Date: August 25, 2003

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact the Cisco TAC via tac@cisco.com.