NX5500E Wing Express Manager

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I have seen the end of sale notification for the Express access points but cannot find any notification for the NX5500E Express Manager that is also listed as end of sale at the end of March 2018.

Does anyone know what the future plan is for adding access points, or 'controllers' to an existing Express implementation?


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Ondrej Lepa, Employee

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Hello Steve,

NX5500E, as part of Express portfolio, is also end of sales since October 30th, 2017.
Since WiNG 5.9.2 you are able to convert Express to non-Express (Enterprise if you wish) WiNG.
Then you will be able to expand your deployment in same manner.

In case you wish to stay with Express SKU, you shall NOT upgrade to 5.9.2 and stay with 5.9.1 code.
No further devices are available though.

For more details, please contact your distributor or sales representative.

Regards,
Ondrej
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Thank You Ondrej for the clarification.
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If 5.9.2 is effectively converting to Enterprise Wing then what are the ramifications regarding the 128 access point licenses that Express Manager has built-in?

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Hello Steve,

as the conversion is not changing serial number of the device, I believe the license entitlement will stay the same = using the same string.

Regards,
Ondrej
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Thanks Again.
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Hello Steve,
      The EOS notice for the NX5500E, which also included the AP7522E, NX7510E, and VX9000E, was sent out 11/17/2017. 
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Thank You Christopher, I can't see the notification on the 'End of Sale and End of Support' web page.

Is there a link please to this notification and this has implications for me having recently completed a multi-site deployment of NX5500E controllers and Express APs



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Hello Steve....Please email me and I will send the notification to you:

Cfrazee@extremenetworks.com
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Having read, re-read and then re-read again through the notification and migration documents to try and interpret/understand the implications it appears to me that:

Express Manager cannot be upgraded to 5.9.2 and cannot ever be used to upgrade any access points.


Express Manager will continue to manage adopted APs (configurations and retrieve stats) even though APs will be on newer firmware and likely incorporate additional capabilities going forwards not available/supported by Express Manager.

Q: Will 5.9.2 be available for RFS6000 and if so will it be able to upgrade Express APs to 5.9.2 ?