Smartnet Contracts for SSM-20's installed in a pair of ASA5520 in Active/Standby Failover
Posted on 2012-08-31
I have two ASA5520 configured in Active/Standby Failover. I have two SSM-20 Modules that I'm going to install and configure in these ASA's. Now as you know, in Active/Standby, only one device is being used, the other device it just sitting there waiting to take over. Now Cisco tell's me that the SSM configurations do not replicate from the active unit to the standby unit as they are independent and both need to be configured manually. They also said I will need to purchase a smartnet contract for both SSM's even though I'm only using one at a time. I am furious as an contract for an SSM is about $3,000. I can't afford two of them. Does anyone have a way around this? I refuse to purchase a contract for both SSM's when I'm only using one at t time. I know with AnyConnect licensing I only need to buy one license in for an Active/Standby pair. This is not right in my eye's.