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Cisco Image Downloads

Hi, 

 

Does anyone know how to apply for the contract/subscription to download images from Cisco's software download centre. I work as an IT consultant and need access to Cisco images (such as FMCv, FTDv, ISE, etc.) so I can download them and learn/practice by deploying them in my lab environment. I have seen some IT trainers (online courses) that have access to download these images and they mention they have subscription/contract with Cisco to download them. I'm not sure how I can purchase the same subscription/contract. 

 

Can you please point me in the right direction? 

 

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You get in touch with your local SE by contacting your local Cisco office

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Francesco
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Hi

You have to purchase a service contract through an official partner: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/services/order-services.html

I'm on the technical side and not on sales but normally within the process they will ask for a device serial number on which to attach the contract to. Validate this with your Cisco partner.

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Francesco
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Hi Akhas,

 

The answer to this question will vary a little bit depending on which products we are talking about.  But generally speaking, and for most of the products outside of the Cisco Business and Cisco Small Business portfolios, you will need to have a service contract associated with your cisco.com user ID for the product in question to be able to download software updates.  You should be able obtain a service contract from the same reseller that you purchased the product from.

 

If you are working as a temporary consultant for another company that owns the product, then generally there should be an employee within that company who has a cisco.com account and is associated with the products they have purchased.  This person will have access to download the software in question.  However, depending on the company, you may need to help guide them through the process.  Their Cisco reseller should be able to assist with the mechanics involved, but at the minimum, you will need details of their service contracts.

 

Cheers,

Dave.

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Hi Dave,

Thanks for your prompt reply.

What if I want to download images for Cisco products that I want to learn and do not have the actual hardware? For example, if I want to study for a Cisco certification which involves learning how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco FMC, FTD or Cisco WLC and I don’t have the hardware product, can I purchase an evaluation license for the product and download the VM/QCOW image and deploy it in VMWare Workstation? I know Cisco has VIRL but that offers limited Cisco images and not images such as FMCv, FTDv, ISE, etc. For learning/studying purposes, it’s not practical to buy the actual products and the full license for them every time you want to learn a new Cisco product.

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You can use Cisco dcloud if you have access or ask your Cisco local SE.

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I’ve used dcloud before and its amazing. However, it doesn’t really give you the flexibility to add additional devices to the topology, especially devices from other vendors like Cisco VIRL or GNS3 allows.

What exactly is a Cisco local SE? How do I get in touch with him/her?
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Cisco SE is a System Engineer (pre sales). As consultant, do you have any relationship with your local Cisco folks?

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Francesco
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Thanks.

No I don’t, any interactions I’ve had with Cisco in-terms of relationship and purchasing equipment have been via the client I was working with at that time. All the Cisco equipment I have has been purchased from Ebay only for lab and learning purposes.

How do I get in touch with my local Cisco SE?
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You get in touch with your local SE by contacting your local Cisco office

Thanks
Francesco
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