We recently bought a Cisco ASA5506-X (SKU ASA5506-K9). We got it from an online retailer who is not a Cisco Partner. We got it without any additonal contracts or licences. We are a small company (less than 20 employees). This is our first Cisco product and we didn't know that we need anything else to use it.
Our primary use cases are one site-to-site VPN to another company, a few VPN remote users (5-10 accounts, max. 2 simultaneous) with Windows PCs (AnyConnect?) and basic firewall functions.
I figured out that I can neither download the latest release of the OS nor the AnyConnect package without entering a contract number.
The seller of the ASA will sell us with the needed licences if we give them the SKUs. After a few hours of reading I am still not sure what kind of contracts or licences we need to a) get security/bugfix updates of the ASA and b) use VPN.
What are the best/least expensive options?
I found: SMB Support Assistant (SMBS) (CON-SMBS-ASA5506K) or SMARTnet 8x5xNBD (SNT) (CON-SNT-ASA5506K)
Anything else needed to use VPNs? (5-10 users, 2 at the same time and one site to site should be enough)
I understand your frustration. I have been asking the same questions. Fortunately, I have not made the purchase yet. I am not very knowledgeable in this area, but I can answer some of your questions. Since this post is several weeks old, you may have found the answers you are looking for by now and I don't want to spend time answering if that's the case. Reply if you still are looking for answers and I will tell you what I know from my own research about the 5506, VPNs, SMARTnet, etc.
VPN Licenses require an AnyConnect Plus or Apex license, available separately. See the following maximum values when you purchase an AnyConnect license. To Purchase the license you have to contact cisco partner or your cicso conntact.
ASA 5506-X License Features
Security Plus License
Botnet Traffic Filter
Note: The licensing information might show that this license is Enabled. You should ignore the display, as this license is not supported.
Firewall Conns, Concurrent
UC Phone Proxy Sessions, Total UC Proxy Sessions
VPN Licenses require an AnyConnect Plus or Apex license, available separately. See the following maximum values when you purchase an AnyConnect license.
The ASA-5506-X ships with TWO different types of software. The older "ASA with Firepower services", and the newer "Firepower Threat Defence". With currert versions, only the older software supports AnyConnect clients, for some bizzaire reason it is not availible if you are running FTD.
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