[rancid] Re: Cisco PIX / ASA Activation key ?

Sam Munzani smunzani at comcast.net
Tue Jan 29 17:12:49 UTC 2008

Do you ever wonder why in the world you care about backing up the 
activation keys? Its not something that gets lost how many times you 
wipe your firewall config. The old key doesn't do you any good on 
replacement hardware if your hardware is dead and you need it replaced. 
In my mind, its useless information and one should not care about it.

Don't get me wrong here. The output of "show version" has value here 
because it gives a lot of other valuable info. e.g. uptime, last 
configuration modification timestamp etc.

> rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net wrote on 29-01-2008 12:20:15:
>>  Looking through the code, I can see, that there are something 
>> listed with activations keys ? but these are not listed as comments 
>> in my PIX/ASA configuration dumps? 
> Using which version of rancid? Which PIX version?
> On PIX 6.3:
> !This PIX has an Unrestricted (UR) license.
> !Key: 0xaaaaaaaa 0xaaaaaaaa 0xaaaaaaaa 0xaaaaaaaa 
> Rancid parses the information from the command "show version". Is the 
> activation code listed as "Activation Key: 0xaaaaaaaa 0xaaaaaaaa 
> 0xaaaaaaaa 0xaaaaaaaa" when issuing "show version" on your 
> platform/software version?
> Regards,

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