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Cisco IOS Software Releases 12.1 E

Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1E

Document ID: 20336


Main Release Summary



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Description of the Release

Cisco IOS® Software Release 12.1E is the specific market early deployment release (SMED) for the enterprise sector.  It is also the logical next release of Cisco IOS Software Release 12.0XE releases. 

Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)E is based on Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1) mainline.  In addition to new features and hardware specific to Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1E, all functionality of Cisco IOS 12.1 mainline is also in 12.1E. 

Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)E is slated for March 27, 2000 on CCO. Cisco Manufacturing shipment is expected on March 27, 2000. For planned maintenance dates please go to the "Maintenance Release Section" below.

NOTE: Only 7100, 7200, CAT6000 and C6MSFC images are released to CCO on March 27, 2000. More information will be provided later on 7500 (rsp-*-mz) image availability.

Target Market

Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1E is for general purpose use by Enterprise and Server Providers.

Product and Feature Support

The Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1E will support the available Cisco platforms.

Product/Feature
Image name
Memory Requirements
Cisco 7100 c7100-*-mz See Release Note
Cisco 7200 c7200-*-mz See Release Note
Cisco 7500 rsp-*-mz See Release Note
Catalyst 5000 c5atm-*-mz See Release Note
Catalyst 6000 c6sup*-*-mz See Release Note
c6msfc*-*-mz See Release Note
c6atm-*-mz See Release Note

Lifecycle of Release

Cisco IOS Software Release 12.E will follow the standard Cisco life cycle.

For more information on a Cisco IOS lifecycle see:
Milestones Y2k Compliance Release Designation
CCO  FCS:March 28, 2000
MFG  FCS:March 27, 2000
EOS:
EOE:
EOL:
Yes ED

Maintenance Releases

Customer View of Release
CCO registered customers can view:
8-Week maintenance
cycle:
  • Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1E will provide a maintenance release every eight weeks.
  • Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1E will lag behind the parent train, 12.1, by two weeks.

Important Notes:

Maintenance Release/Date Details
12.1E  [an error occurred while processing this directive]
12.1* Field Notices
12.1(1)E through 12.1(2)E 
August 22, 2000
Field Notice: 
OSPF/MPLS/CEF Software Defect on Cisco 7500 RSPs
12.1(1)E2 
May 12, 2000
Field Notice: Catalyst MSFC IOS 12.1(1)E2 Has Been Deferred  [an error occurred while processing this directive]
12.1(1)E2 
May 11, 2000
Field Notice: 
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)E2 
12.1(1)E1 
April 17, 2000
12.1(1)E1 is planned to be released April 17, 2000. See Field Notice for details why 12.1(1)E1 is built. New orders out of MFG will replace 12.1(1)E images with 12.1(1)E1. CCO will have both 12.1(1)E and 12.1(1)E1 available.
12.1(X)E 7200 BOOT IMAGE 
April 6, 2000
Field Notice: 
Oversized Cisco 7200 BootImage [an error occurred while processing this directive]
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Interim Builds

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8-week maintenance cycle: Five interim builds will be made available to development and critical customers.
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Recommended Migration

Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)E will migrate to Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(5)T. All maintenance updates will be placed into Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(5)T and future Cisco IOS 12.1 T maintenance releases.  Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(2)E and future 12.1E releases will continue on the 12.1E release for maintenance until further notice.
 
From To
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.0(7)XE Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)E 
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)EX Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)E
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(1)E Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1(5)T or 12.1(2)E and later 12.1E releases
Cisco IOS Software Releases 12.1(2)E through 12.1(x)E Future Announcements
For more information see the Release Notes for Cisco 7000 Family for Cisco IOS 12.1E

The migration path is the logical superseding software. The uniqueness of each network requires that customers verify support for hardware, features, and protocols prior to a massive network upgrade. For more information, see the Projected Release Dates for Cisco IOS Software Product Bulletin

Support Pages

For more information, consult the following web pages:

Release Documentation

Release Notes for 12.1E by Platform

Parent Release Documentation

Other Links




Updated: May 17, 2006 Document ID: 20336