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

Brian Ipsen bi at rackpeople.dk
Tue Jan 29 21:35:37 UTC 2008


 The reason for my question is that I just had an ASA5505, which (for some weird reason) corrupted the flash drive, so I had to reformat/initialize it. When booting the device, the activation key was zeroized...  Not a problem for the specific device, since it is a 10-user without any additional features... But it would have been disappointing, if it had been an unlimited users version, maybe with the software that also allows trunking etc (since there's a cost for the software license)..

Med venlig hilsen / Kind regards
Brian Ipsen


From: Sam Munzani [mailto:smunzani at comcast.net]
Sent: 29. januar 2008 18:13
To: Regnar Bang Lyngsø
Cc: Brian Ipsen; rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net; rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net
Subject: Re: [rancid] Re: Cisco PIX / ASA Activation key ?

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<mailto: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?


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