How to Get and Apply a Time-based Activation Key for AnyConnect on ASA 5505
If you want to use the AnyConnect VPN feature on your Cisco ASA 5505 device, you need to have a valid activation key that enables this functionality. An activation key is a 160-bit value that encodes the serial number and the enabled features of your device. You can get a time-based activation key from Cisco Licensing team that allows you to use AnyConnect for a specific period of time. In this article, we will show you how to get and apply a time-based activation key for AnyConnect on ASA 5505.
Step 1: Get your Product Activation Key (PAK)
The first step is to get your Product Activation Key (PAK) for your device. You can contact Cisco Licensing team and provide them with the serial number of your ASA 5505. You can find the serial number by issuing the command show version on your device. For example:
The serial number in this example is 9A5KG6HTQSB. You need to provide this number to Cisco Licensing team and request a time-based activation key for AnyConnect on ASA 5505.
Step 2: Receive your time-based activation key
Once you have requested your time-based activation key, you will receive an email from Cisco Licensing team with the activation key and the instructions on how to apply it. The activation key will look something like this:
This activation key will enable AnyConnect for a specific time period, such as one month or one year. You can check the expiration date of the activation key by issuing the command show activation-key detail on your device.
Step 3: Apply your time-based activation key
The final step is to apply your time-based activation key on your ASA 5505 device. You need to copy the activation key and enter it in the configuration mode of your device. For example: