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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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.