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New Anyconnect license for ASA 5540 !!

Dear All

We have a FW ASA5540 that running ver 8.4 deploy in our data center whitout cisco support service , we have plan to purchase new ASA-X firewall for replaced that, A question is that does new Anyconnect  license (e,g plus , plus perpetual , APEX  vpn-only) support ASA5500 FW with 8.6 version .  or can we upgrade or migrate the current license to new order ? or give up old Premium  and Essentials  license and purchase new license?

Below are output from asa

Licensed features for this platform:

Maximum Physical Interfaces       : Unlimited      perpetual

Maximum VLANs                     : 200            perpetual

Inside Hosts                      : Unlimited      perpetual

Failover                          : Active/Active  perpetual

VPN-DES                           : Enabled        perpetual

VPN-3DES-AES                      : Enabled        perpetual

Security Contexts                 : 2              perpetual

GTP/GPRS                          : Disabled       perpetual

AnyConnect Premium Peers          : 1000           perpetual

AnyConnect Essentials             : 2500           perpetual

Other VPN Peers                   : 5000           perpetual

Total VPN Peers                   : 5000           perpetual

Shared License                    : Disabled       perpetual

AnyConnect for Mobile             : Enabled        perpetual

AnyConnect for Cisco VPN Phone    : Disabled       perpetual

Advanced Endpoint Assessment      : Disabled       perpetual

UC Phone Proxy Sessions           : 2              perpetual

Total UC Proxy Sessions           : 2              perpetual

Botnet Traffic Filter             : Disabled       perpetual

Intercompany Media Engine         : Disabled       perpetual

Thanks in advance


VIP Mentor

You have to give up the old

You have to give up the old licenses and buy new ones. There was a migration-promotion, but that's over for a long time.

I would buy PLUS or APEX instead of VPN-Only. These licenses can be uses for the actual 5540 and also for the new one(s) you purchase in the future.


Hi Karsten

Hi Karsten

Thanks for your reply , I means that do you have any cisco official illustrations that for old premium and  essentials after cisco has published the new license ?

Best Wishes


VIP Mentor

I do not really understand

I do not really understand what you are now looking for.

But here we have the AnyConnect Ordering Guide which explains your actual options, the EOL notice for the old license and the AnyConnect Licensing FAQ which answers many questions around AC licensing.