Cisco License Manager --Software tool that provides a GUI to track and manage licenses.
license file --File generated by Cisco licensing tools, which is used to install a license on a product. The license file contains of one or more license lines.
license key --A unique value that enables usage and entitlement for a set of Cisco IOS features.
license line --Characters arranged in a particular format that hold the license for a single feature within it. A line has all the necessary fields and attributes that make it a valid, tamperproof, and complete license. A single line can exist independently.
license manager --An application used to track and manage licenses for customers.
license server --Software tool at the hardware manufacturing site that generates product licenses.
license storage --File that stores a collection of license lines. A license file exists on a licensed device such as a router or a switch. This file exists in permanent storage.
node locked --The explicit binding of a unique license to a unique hardware platform. Node-locked licenses are locked to one of the UDIs in the system. Non-node locked licenses are not locked to any UDI.
PAK --Product authorization key, which is provided to you when you order and purchase the right to use a feature set for a particular platform. The PAK serves as a receipt and is used as part of the process to obtain a license.
permission ticket file --File generated by Cisco licensing that is used to get a rehost ticket during a manual rehosting process. The permission ticket file contains one or more adding and removing license operations for rehosting.
perpetual license --License where use rights are permanent. These licenses can be used as long as required.
persistence storage --File that lives for the lifetime of the device that has a license and survives image changes. This file should exist in a write once storage area. The persistence file holds the license history for that device, along with certain information about license removals, expiries, rehost, and so on.
rehost --Process where a valid license is transferred from one platform to another. This implies the license is no longer valid on the original platform.
removable storage --Portable device such as compact flash or USB used to store and access data.
RMA --Return Merchandise Authorization, which is the process whereby you can return a defective product.
signature server --Generates the licenses for products and is found at Cisco manufacturing sites. Also called a permission file generator.
SKU --Stock keeping unit. A unique, individual part number used to track and monitor inventory. A Cisco software licensing SKU maps to one or more software features.
stack --A switch stack is a set of up to nine Catalyst 3750 switches connected through their StackWise ports.
subscription-based licenses --Time-based license that requires the subscriber to periodically renew or the license will expire after an agreed-upon time.
SWIFT --Software Infrastructure and Fulfillment Technology. The Cisco licensing infrastructure that is accessed through HTTPS over the Internet. The Cisco License Manager application interacts with the Cisco licensing infrastructure on behalf of many devices. You can interact directly with the Cisco licensing infrastructure service by using Cisco IOS software commands.
UDI --Unique device identifier, which is a Cisco-wide schema to identify products. The UDI contains a product ID, version ID, and a serial number. The UDI does not change during deployment in the field. Note that when the term UDI is used in the context of licensing, it typically refers to only the product ID and serial number.
universal image --A single software image containing all Cisco IOS functionality levels. These levels can be enabled by installing the appropriate license.