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pro/con cisco smart licensing vs classic licensing?
« on: September 28, 2017, 07:32:38 AM »
What are the pros' and cons' for Cisco smart licensing vs Cisco classic licensing?
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Re: pro/con cisco smart licensing vs classic licensing?
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 08:05:56 AM »
Cisco's licensing wasn't complicated enough? Oy...
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Re: pro/con cisco smart licensing vs classic licensing?
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2017, 11:06:38 AM »
so far the con I found is that each device needs to be connected to the internet so it can contact cisco licensing servers. if you have devices that are in a vacuum or in a SCIF, SOoL
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Re: pro/con cisco smart licensing vs classic licensing?
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017, 12:10:39 PM »
What port does a device need to connect to a licensing server?
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Re: pro/con cisco smart licensing vs classic licensing?
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2017, 01:58:04 PM »
What port does a device need to connect to a licensing server?
I think it's 8305. but don't quote me on that.
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Re: pro/con cisco smart licensing vs classic licensing?
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2017, 12:04:00 AM »
8305 is the port used to communicate between SFR module and FMC. I had to put a Riverbed passthrough rule in for this traffic in both directions (syn in both directions) so that I could deploy the policy successfully.

I steered away from smart licensing but they were emailing me multiple times per day, any time of the night to remind me I hadn't completed the sign up. They're really pushing for it and I'm not sure why. When a vendor / company pushes that hard for something, it's not normally a good thing.