Could someone please clarify the rules with regards to upgrading/updating IOS on a Cisco device.
I understand that if one wished to upgrade the feature set on a particular device, for instance from an IPBASE feature set to an IPSERVICES feature set, a licence would need to be purchased from a Cisco reseller.
What if the feature set does not change?
Would a new licence be required to just update the code?
For example, IOS 12.2 (25) SE could be updated to the following:
12.2 (25) [Something other than SE]
12.2 ( [Something higher than 25] ) SE
12.2( [Something higher than 25] ) [Something other than SE]
... and so on ...
Are these upgrades something that would be free of charge?
Any help appreciated,