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Guidelines for Cisco Wireless Software Release Product Bulletin

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Updated:May 4, 2022

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Updated April 2022

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 planned as an MD release train for long life support with 8.5.171.0 as the targeted MD release.

     Release 8.5 is recommended for the following controller platforms - WLC2504, WLC5508, WLC7510, WLC8510, WiSM2. Release 8.5 is the last train for these platforms.

     Release 8.10 is recommended for the following controller platforms – WLC3504, WLC5520 and WLC8540.

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

     Federal customers (FIPS, UCAPL) are advised to use the latest 8.10 release

     Customers needing Common Criteria certification are advised to upgrade to 8.5.171.X escalation code. Upgrade to latest Escalation release, to get latest Escalation release refer to Cisco Recommended release document https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/wireless/wireless-lan-controller-software/200046-tac-recommended-aireos.html#anc9

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 current in 8.6 through 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, 8.8, 8.9

Table 2.           Upcoming and recommended releases

Software release

Status

Recommended release

Release 8.10

Next release planned in Q2CY2022

  8.10.171.0

Release 8.5

(MD release train)

Next release planned in 2HCY2021

  Refer TAC recommended build for Release 8.5 here
  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
(deferred)

EOL

  Migration to 8.10 is recommended

 

Release 8.8

EOLA

  Migration to 8.10 is recommended

 

Release 8.7

EOL

  Migration to 8.10 is recommended

 

Release 8.6
(deferred)

EOL

  Migration to 8.10 is recommended

 

Release 8.5

EOLA

  Migration to 8.10 is recommended

Release 8.4
(deferred)

EOL

  Migration to 8.5 is recommended based on HW dependency

Release 8.3

EOL

  Migration to 8.5 is recommended based on HW dependency

Release 8.2

EOL

  Migration to 8.5 is recommended based on HW dependency

Release 8.1
(deferred)

EOL

  Migration to 8.5 is recommended based on HW dependency

Release 8.0
(MD release train)

EOL

  Migration to 8.5 is recommended based on HW dependency

For up-to-date recommendations, please refer to: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/wireless/wireless-lan-controller-software/200046-tac-recommended-aireos.html

Cisco IOS XE Software releases

Overview

The Polaris Release Model consists of three (3) releases per year: One (1) Extended Maintenance (EM) release every July and two (2) Standard Maintenance releases, one in March and one in November. The Cisco IOS® XE Software support product bulletin describes the support timeline and EOL guidelines for Cisco IOS XE Software.

Standard Maintenance and Extended Maintenance releases

Each Cisco IOS XE Software release is classified as either a Standard-Support release or an Extended-Support release.

     Standard Maintenance release details

    A sustaining support lifetime of 12 months from First Customer Shipment (FCS) with scheduled rebuilds

    Rebuilds are typically released at 6-month intervals after FCS

     Extended Maintenance release details

    A sustaining support lifetime of 36 months from FCS with scheduled rebuilds

    These rebuilds are at 3, 4, 4 and 7-month intervals after FCS or via SMU support. The last 12 months of support will be via SMU.

Cisco IOS XE Software release versioning

Figure 1.               

Cisco IOS XE Software release versioning

Table 4.           Catalyst 9800 software release support

Support model

Cisco IOS XE Software release

Standard Support

16.10, 16.11,17.1, 17.2, 17.4, 17.5, 17.7, 17.8

Extended Support

16.12, 17.3, 17.6, etc

Table 5.           Upcoming and recommended releases

Software release

Recommended release

Upcoming release

16.12

16.12.5

No upcoming release

17.3

17.3.5a+SMU

17.3.6

17.6

17.6.3

17.6.4

Table 6.           EOL and deferred releases

Release 16.10

EOL

Migration to 17.3.4c is recommended

Release 16.11

EOL

Migration to 17.3.4c is recommended

For more features, migrate to 17.6.2

Release 16.12

EOL

Migration to 17.3.4c is recommended

For more features, migrate to 17.6.2

Release 17.1

EOL

Migration to 17.3.4c is recommended

For more features, migrate to 17.6.2

Release 17.2

EOL

Migration to 17.3.4c is recommended

For more features, migrate to 17.6.2

Release 17.3

EOL

No recommendation for migration

Release 17.4

EOL

Migration to 17.6.2 is recommended

Release 17.5

EOL

Migration to 17.6.2 is recommended

Release 17.6

No recommendation for migration

Release 17.7

-

-

Release 17.8

 

 

Read before upgrading: Any access point that is upgraded to Release 17.6 will be unable to join controllers running AireOS prior to 8.10.171.0, or 8.5.182.104 (IRCM). For more information, see CSCvx98176.

For up-to-date recommendations, please refer to https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/wireless/catalyst-9800-series-wireless-controllers/214749-tac-recommended-ios-xe-builds-for-wirele.html.

Note:       This 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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