Just to use the device, you don't need a SmartNET contract. If you want updates, support, instant replacement, then you will want the SmartNET contract. For production devices, most of my customers have the contract on their devices.
The EULA for IOS states that the license is not transferable. Most other software licenses work the same way. Cisco's official stance is, if you bought it used from eBay, you'd need to purchase a license for IOS in order to legally use the software and you'd need to get the equipment inspected by an authorized party before you can get a service contract on it.
I bet our IOS licenses are transferrable because we are a governmental agency and the stuff is sold under government contract terms. So I bet I could transfer it to another government agency who is on the same contract. But not to a private entity.
What are you asking about them? Can you cover them with SmartNet? Depends...you have to look at the EOL notice and look for the last day of support. It will tell you when the last day is to purchase SmartNet.
Really?? That is excellent news!! I do like the Catalysts, just didn't want to pay big support fees every year to get updates. I would very much like to run Catalysts at the edge. We're running Nortels right now (55xx series Ethernet Routing Switches) and the UI is very quirky on them.
I guess when you mention "fixed switches", an example of a non-fixed switch might be something like a 6509 with user removable port cards?
Q. For which fixed configuration and stackable Cisco Catalyst switches can I obtain a `no additional cost' Cisco IOS Software update?
A. Cisco offers ongoing Cisco IOS Software updates at no additional cost for the fixed configuration and stackable Cisco Catalyst switches listed below. Updates within the Cisco IOS package purchased (LAN Base, IP Base, IP Services, and so on) will be made available for the life of the product.
Cisco Catalyst Express 500 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 XL Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2940 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2948G-GE-TX Series Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2950 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2950 LRE Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2955 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2960 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2970 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3500 XL Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3550 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco ME 2400 Series Switches
Cisco ME 3400 Series Switches
Note that upgrades are different from updates. For example, an upgrade from the IP Base Package to the IP Services Package provides significant new function; therefore, this upgrade requires the purchase of a software license upgrade. Updates are incremental software features and bug fixes that are released within a Cisco IOS package that you own a license for. This statement supersedes any previous warranty or software statement and is subject to change without notice.
Q. How do I get a `no additional cost' Cisco IOS Software update?
A. Customers who own a software license for any of the switches listed above may obtain a software update at the Cisco Website by clicking Downloads and selecting Switch Software. To download software, you will be required to log in using your Cisco.com username and password. If you do not have a Cisco.com username, you can obtain one by clicking Register at the top of any page on Cisco.com.