Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Configuration Guide
Demand Port Licensing
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On-Demand Port Activation Licensing

Table Of Contents

On-Demand Port Activation Licensing

About On-Demand Port Activation Licensing

Port-Naming Conventions

Port Licensing

License Status Definitions

Configuring Port Activation Licenses

Checking the Status of Licenses

Making a Port Eligible for a License

Acquiring a License for a Port


On-Demand Port Activation Licensing


This chapter describes how to use the on-demand port activation licensing feature on the Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch, the Cisco MDS 9134 Fabric Switch, the Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem, and the Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter. This chapter contains the following sections:

About On-Demand Port Activation Licensing

Configuring Port Activation Licenses

About On-Demand Port Activation Licensing

As of Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 3.1(1), you can expand your SAN connectivity as needed by enabling users to purchase and install additional port licenses. By default, all ports are eligible for license activation. On the Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch, licenses are allocated sequentially. However, you can move or reassign licenses to any eligible port on the switch.

On the Cisco MDS 9134 Fabric Switch, the first 32 ports operate at 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, or 4 Gbps. The switch has two ports that operate at 10 Gbps. Licenses are allocated sequentially.

On the Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem and the Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter, licenses for internal ports are allocated as the ports come up. Licenses for external ports are allocated sequentially.

Port-Naming Conventions

Table 11-1 describes the port-naming conventions for the four Cisco Fabric switches.

Table 11-1 Port-Naming Conventions for Cisco Fabric Switches

Cisco MDS 9124 Switch
Cisco MDS 9134 Switch
Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem
Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter

fc1/1 through fc1/24

fc1/1 through fc1/34

Internal ports: bay1 through bay16

Internal ports: bay1 through bay14

External ports: ext1 through ext8

External ports: ext0 and ext15 through ext19


Port Licensing

On the Cisco MDS 9124 Switch, the first eight ports are licensed by default. You are not required to perform any tasks beyond the default configuration unless you prefer to immediately activate additional ports, make ports ineligible, or move port licenses.

Figure 11-1 shows the ports that are licensed by default for the Cisco MDS 9124 Switch.

Figure 11-1 Cisco MDS 9124 Switch Default Port Licenses (fc1/1 - fc1/8)

If you need additional connectivity, you can activate additional ports in 8-port increments with each on-demand port activation license, up to a total of 24 ports.

On the Cisco MDS 9134 Switch, the first 24 ports that can operate at 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, or 4 Gbps are licensed by default. If you need additional connectivity, you can activate the remaining eight ports with one on-demand port activation license. A separate 10G license file is required to activate the remaining two 10-Gbps ports.

Figure 11-2 shows the ports that are licensed by default for the Cisco MDS 9134 Switch.

Figure 11-2 Cisco MDS 9134 Switch Default Port Licenses (fc1/1 - fc1/24)

Figure 11-3 shows the external ports that are licensed by default for the Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem.

Figure 11-3 Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem Default Port Licenses (ext1 - ext4)

On the Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem, any eight internal ports and the external ports (ext1 through ext4) are licensed by default. A single on-demand port activation license is required to use the remaining eight internal and four external ports.

On the Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter, any seven internal ports and the external ports( ext0, ext15 and ext16) are licensed by default. A single on-demand port activation license is required to use the remaining seven internal and three external ports.

Figure 11-4 shows the external ports that are licensed by default for the Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter.

Figure 11-4 Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter Default Port Licenses (ext0, ext15 - ext16)

If you do not prefer to accept the default behavior and would rather assign a license to a specific port, make the port ineligible to receive a license, or move licenses among ports, refer to the "Configuring Port Activation Licenses" section.


License Status Definitions

Table 11-2 defines the port activation license status terms.

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Table 11-2 Port Activation License Status Definitions 

Port Activation License Status
Definition

acquired

The port is licensed and active.

eligible

The port is eligible to receive a license but does not yet have one.

See Chapter 10, "Obtaining and Installing Licenses," for information about how to obtain and install the PORT_ACTIVATION_PKG and license key file.

ineligible

The port is not allowed to receive a license.


By default, when you install additional port license activation packages, the activation status of ports changes from "eligible" to "acquired." If you prefer to accept the default behavior, no further action is required.


Note You can uninstall licenses for ports not in use; however, you cannot uninstall default licenses.


Configuring Port Activation Licenses

This section contains the following topics:

Checking the Status of Licenses

Making a Port Eligible for a License

Acquiring a License for a Port

Checking the Status of Licenses


Note The dialog boxes shown in Figures 11-5 and 11-6 apply only to the Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch.


To check the number of licenses that are in use using Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 Choose Admin > Licenses.

You see the Licenses dialog box as shown in Figure 11-5.

Figure 11-5 Licenses Dialog Box

Step 2 Click the Port Licensing tab.

You see the licenses that are in use as shown in Figure 11-6.

Figure 11-6 Licenses in Use

Step 3 Click Close to close the dialog box.


Making a Port Eligible for a License

By default, all ports are eligible to receive a license. However, if a port has already been made ineligible and you prefer to activate it, then you must make that port eligible


Note The dialog box shown in Figure 11-7 applies only to the Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch.


To make multiple ports eligible to acquire a license using Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 Choose Interface > FC All and click the License tab or hold down the Control key, and then click each port that you want to make eligible.

Step 2 Right-click the selected ports, select Configure, and click the License tab.

You see the FC Interfaces dialog box as shown in Figure 11-7.

Figure 11-7 FC Interfaces Dialog Box

Step 3 Select eligible from the Config drop-down list for each port that you want to make eligible.

Step 4 Click Apply to save the changes.



Note The dialog box shown in Figure 11-8 applies only to the Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch.


To make a single port eligible to acquire a license using Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 Right-click a port, select Configure, and click the License tab.

You see the port licensing options for the selected port as shown in Figure 11-8.

Figure 11-8 License Tab for Selected Port

Step 2 Click the eligible radio button to make the port eligible.

Step 3 Click Apply to save the changes.


Acquiring a License for a Port

If you do not prefer to accept the default on-demand port license assignments, you will need to first acquire licenses for ports to which you want to move the license.

To acquire licenses for multiple ports using Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 Choose Interface > FC All and click the License tab or hold down the Control key, and then click each port for which you want to acquire a license.

Step 2 Right-click the selected ports, select Configure, and click the License tab.

You see the FC Interfaces dialog box as shown in Figure 11-7.

Step 3 Select acquire from the Config drop-down list for each port that you want to acquire a license.

Step 4 Click Apply to save the changes.


To acquire a license for a single port using Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 Right-click a port, select Configure, and click the License tab.

You see the port licensing options for the selected port as shown in Figure 11-8.

Step 2 Click the acquire radio button to acquire a license for the port.

Step 3 Click Apply to save the changes.