Building New Network: Cisco IOS Licensing Implications
Posted on 2009-07-12
OK, I am trying to get some input from people who have ACTUAL experience with the situation or can speak authoritatively about it. Just linking to cisco.com's various pages on relicensing of used equipment & IOS EULAs won't earn you any points.
Here is my situation. I'm a network admin working in a large non-profit IT environment. The user base isn't very large (40-50) but the infrastructure and the applications required are very diverse and transcends many areas of IT from plan vanilla small office environment all the way to SANs, POS, and remote sites. It's got it all.
Currently our network infrastructure is in disarray. It is a hodgepode of undocumented & low grade cabling combined with not enough capacity. The switching is basically Dell powerconnect stuff. It works, but it's reached its limit and it's holding our progress back which is why I want to move to a 100% Cisco switched & routed environment. I spent the last few months getting my CCNA so I could have some idea of what I am doing (not that CCNA means you know anything.)
To the point... I got a puny budget of $30,000 to do the whole thing. The end goal is to have an environment that "just works" and can be supported by third parties in the event on-site staffing is incompentent. So the way I see it, there is no other way to play this (if I want Cisco and can't get any more money) than to go with *USED* equipment on ebay.
I have my network diagramed and it calls for about 6 C3750-48T switches and 2 C3750G-24T switches. I also want to put a 2821 router in front of it all for my WAN. I figure I can get the 48T switches for $1250/ea and the 24T gigabit switches for $2000/ea. That will get me started and put me close to a decent Enterprise Campus model... BUT
Now I am learning that used equipment technically doesn't come with the license even if that when it was new it actually had one. It's like the license dies upon transfer. And to make matters worse it seems it's basically $2,000 or more to relicense it plus if I want smartnet I have to get it inspected.
So, I am asking what is the deal with used equipment and how do people who buy it end up using it in their environment? It is just de facto understood in the industry that you just do this and nothing happens to you unless you are a big company and Cisco wants to make a point?
My plan originally called for getting SmartNet on everything, is that part basically dead since I can't even get to the point of buying it until I've paid the license and inspection fees?
Please don't just write something to the effect of "yes, n00b, you have to pay big money to get Cisco" or "Looks like you solved your own problem." I'm asking for a bit of HELPFUL commentary on my situation plus maybe even add something I've missed or didn't think of. That's how points will be awarded.