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Guidelines for Cisco Wireless Software Release Product Bulletin

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Updated:March 2, 2020

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PB738147

Updated February 2020

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 8.5 is the MD release train for long life support and 8.5.161.0 is the targeted MD release.

     Release 8.5 is recommended in general.

     Release 8.10 is the next MD release train target for long life support.

     Federal customers (FIPS, UCAPL) are advised to use 8.3.150.0 (2504, 5508, WISM2 and 8510) or 8.5.161.0 (for 5520/8540/3504)

     For Catalyst 9100 access point support customers are advised to use 8.10.112.0 code.

     Customers needing Common Criteria certification are advised to upgrade to 8.5.161.0 code

Early Deployment (ED) releases

     For all customers currently in 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 or 8.4 migration to 8.5 is recommended.

     For all customers currently in 8.6, 8.7 and 8.9 migration to 8.10 is recommended.

     For all customers currently in 8.10, migration to the latest 8.10 release is recommended.

Note:        

     No more CCO releases for codes from 8.0 to 8.4, 8.6, 8.7, 8.9

Table 2.           Upcoming and recommended releases

Software release

Status

Recommended release

Release 8.10

Next release planned in Q2CY2020

  8.10.112.0

Release 8.8

Next release planned in Q1CY20 (this will be the last release for 8.8)

  8.8.125.0

Release 8.5

(MD release train)

Next release planned in 2HCY20

  8.5.161.0
  Release for Cisco DNA and SD-Access
  Last release train for 8510, 7510, 5508, 2504, and WISM2 (8.5.X.0)

Table 3.           EOL and Deferred releases

Release 8.9

EOLA

  Migration to 8.10 is recommended

 

Release 8.7

EOL

  Migration to 8.8 is recommended

 

Release 8.6
(deferred)

Deferred

  Migration to 8.8 is recommended

 

Release 8.4
(deferred)

Deferred

  Migration to 8.5.161.0 is recommended based on HW dependency

Release 8.3

EOL

  Migration to 8.5.161.0 is recommended based on HW dependency

Release 8.2

EOL

  Migration to 8.5.161.0 is recommended based on HW dependency

Release 8.1
(deferred)

Deferred

  Migration to 8.5.161.0 is recommended based on HW dependency

Release 8.0
(MD release train)

EOL

  Migration to 8.5.161.0 is recommended based on HW dependency

Note:       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: https://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10315/prod_release_notes_list.html.

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