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Licensing Cisco MDS 9000 Family DCNM-SAN Software Features

Table Of Contents

Licensing Cisco MDS 9000 Family DCNM-SAN Software Features

Information About Cisco MDS DCNM-SAN Software Licenses

Licensing Terminology

Licensing Model

Licensing High Availability

License Installation

Obtaining a Factory-Installed License

Performing a Manual Installation

Obtaining the Switch License Key File

Installing the Switch License Key File

Installing Switch Licenses Using DCNM-SAN License Wizard

Installing or Updating Switch Licenses Using Device Manager

Viewing Fabric Licenses

Adding a License File to Cisco DCNM-SAN Server

Assigning a License to a Swtich

Unassigning Licensing to a Switch

Identifying License Features in Use

Uninstalling Licenses

Updating Licenses

Grace Period Alerts

License Transfers Between Switches

Displaying License Information

Viewing License Information in DCNM-SAN Client

Viewing License Information in Device Manager

Viewing Licenses Using DCNM Web Client

DCNM-SAN Server Licensing


Licensing Cisco MDS 9000 Family DCNM-SAN Software Features


This chapter describes licensing for Cisco Data Center Network Manager for SAN (DCNM-SAN).

This chapter contains the following section:

Information About Cisco MDS DCNM-SAN Software Licenses

Information About Cisco MDS DCNM-SAN Software Licenses

Licenses are available for all switches in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family. Licensing allows you to access specified premium features on the switch after you install the appropriate license for that feature. You can also obtain licenses to activate ports 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.


Note DCNM-SAN can discover the Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch, Cisco MDS 9134 Fabric Switch and Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem that are running NX-OS Release 5.0 and earlier versions of software. Cisco NX-OS Release 5.2(1) is not supported on these fabric switches.


Cisco DCNM can be licensed for SAN and LAN environments separately or together. A significant change for Cisco DCNM-SAN, as compared to Cisco Fabric Manager, is that licenses are no longer hosted on a specific switch. Instead, the licenses are hosted on the Cisco DCNM-SAN server. All existing Cisco Fabric Manager licenses are grandfathered into this model (which means that they continue) so customers do not need to order or deploy any additional licenses to manage their existing Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches.

Starting from Cisco MDS NX-OS Release 5.2(1a), the DCNM-SAN uses FLEXnet licensing format. DCNM-SAN will continue to support permenant switch license formats. However the support will be limited to the licenses that are already checked out.

This section contains information related to licensing types, options, procedures, installation, and management for the Cisco MDS DCNM-SAN software.

This section contains the following topics:

Licensing Terminology

Licensing Model

Licensing High Availability

License Installation

Obtaining the Switch License Key File

Installing the Switch License Key File

Viewing Fabric Licenses

Adding a License File to Cisco DCNM-SAN Server

Assigning a License to a Swtich

Unassigning Licensing to a Switch

Identifying License Features in Use

Uninstalling Licenses

Updating Licenses

Grace Period Alerts

License Transfers Between Switches

Displaying License Information

DCNM-SAN Server Licensing

Licensing Terminology

The following terms are used in this chapter:

Licensed feature—Permission to use a particular feature through a license file, a hardware object, or a legal contract. This permission is limited to the number of users, number of instances, time span, and the implemented switch.

Licensed application—A software feature that requires a license to be used.

License enforcement—A mechanism that prevents a feature from being used without first obtaining a license.

Node-locked license—A license that can only be used on a particular switch using the switch's unique host ID.

Host IDs—A unique chassis serial number that is specific to each Cisco MDS switch.

Proof of purchase—A document entitling its rightful owner to use licensed feature(s) on one Cisco MDS switch as described in that document. Also known as the claim certificate.

Product Authorization Key (PAK)—The PAK allows you to obtain a license key from one of the sites listed in the proof of purchase document. After registering at the specified website, you will receive your license key file and installation instructions through e-mail.

License key file—A switch-specific unique file that specifies the licensed features. Each file contains digital signatures to prevent tampering and modification. License keys are required to use a licensed feature. License keys are enforced within a specified time span.

Counted license—The number of licenses issued for a single feature (for example, FCIP). You can increase counted licenses (incremental licenses) should a need arise in the future.

Missing license—If the bootflash has been corrupted or a supervisor module replaced after a license has been installed, that license will show as "missing." The feature will still work, but the license count will be inaccurate. You should reinstall the license as soon as possible.

Incremental license—An additional licensed feature that was not in the initial license file. License keys are incremental—if you purchase some features now and others later, the license file and the software detect the sum of all features for the specified switch.

Port Activation license—A license that activates additional ports on any of the following:

Cisco MDS 9124 Multilayer Fabric Switch

Cisco MDS 9134 Multilayer Fabric Switch

Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem

Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter

Evaluation license—A temporary license. Evaluation licenses are time bound (valid for a specified number of days) and are not tied to a host ID (switch serial number).

Permanent license—A license that is not time bound is called a permanent license.

Grace period—The amount of time the features in a license package can continue functioning without a license.

Support—If you purchased Cisco support through a Cisco reseller, contact the reseller directly. If you purchased support directly from Cisco Systems, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html

Licensing Model

Any feature not included in a license package is bundled with the Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches and is provided at no extra charge. We recommend that you do not download more licenses than can be used for a module or switch.

Starting from Cisco MDS NX-OS Release 5.2(1a), the DCNM-SAN uses FLEXnet licensing format to be consistant with DCNM-LAN licensing. DCNM-SAN will continue to support permenant switch license formats. However the support will be limited to the licenses that are already checked out.

Two types of Cisco DCNM-SAN licenses are available:

Cisco DCNM-SAN Essentials Edition (comparable to Cisco Fabric Manager) is included at no charge with every Cisco MDS 9000 hardware purchase and can also be downloaded from http://www.cisco.com/do/dcnm.

Cisco DCNM-SAN Advanced Edition (comparable to Cisco Fabric Manager Server) provides additional capabilities and is required to use the Virtual Machine Topology and Performance feature and the Performance Forecasting Charts feature.

The licensing model defined for the Cisco MDS product line has two options:

Feature-based licenses allow features that are applicable to the entire switch. The cost varies based on a per-switch usage. Table 6-1 lists the feature-based license packages.

Module-based licenses allow features that require additional hardware modules. The cost varies based on a per-module usage. An example is the 18/4-port MSM module using the FCIP feature.


Note Each module requires its own separate license. If you replace a module that requires a license with a module of the same type (such as replacing a Storage Services Node (SSN-16) with another SSN-16), the existing license will support the new module.



Note The Cisco MDS 9216i and the Cisco MDS 9222i switches enable SAN extension features on the two fixed IP services ports only. The features enabled on these ports are identical to the features enabled by the SAN extension over IP license on the 14/2-port Multiprotocol Services (MPS-14/2) module. If you install a module with IP ports in the empty slot on the Cisco MDS 9216i or the Cisco MDS 9222i switch, a separate SAN extension over IP license is required to enable related features, such as FCIP, on the IP ports of the additional module.


Table 6-1 Feature-Based Licenses 

Feature License
Features

Enterprise package

(ENTERPRISE_PKG)

Enhanced security features:

LUN zoning

Read-only zones

FC Port security

VSAN-based access control

Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) authentication

Advanced traffic engineering—quality of service (QoS)

IP security (IPsec) protocol for iSCSI and FCIP using the MPS-14/2 module or Cisco MDS 9216i switch

IPsec & IKE for IPv4

IKE digital certificates

Extended credits using the MPS-14/2 module or the Cisco MDS 9216i Switch

Enhanced VSAN routing—inter-VSAN routing (IVR) over Fibre Channel

IVR Network Address Translation (NAT) over Fibre Channel

Zone-based traffic prioritizing

Zone-based FC QoS

Extended BB_Credits

Fibre Channel write acceleration

SCSI flow statistics

FCIP encryption

Fabric binding for Fibre Channel

SAN device virtualization

SAN extension over IP package for one MPS-18/4 or one MPS-18/4 FIPS in the Cisco MDS 9500 series

(SAN_EXTN_OVER_IP_18_4)

The following features apply to the MPS-18/4 or MPS-18/4 FIPS modules:

FCIP

Hardware-based FCIP compression

FCIP write acceleration

FCIP tape read acceleration

SAN extension tuner features

IVR over FCIP

IVR NAT over FCIP

Mainframe package

(MAINFRAME_PKG)

FICON protocol and CUP management

FICON VSAN and intermixing

Switch cascading

Fabric binding for FICON

IBM TotalStorage Virtual Tape Server (VTS)

IBM TotalStorage XRC application

FICON tape acceleration

FICON license for 9100

Persistent FCIDs for FICON

Config locking for FICON

Port swap, block, prohibit

FICON Qualification

Storage Services Enabler package

(STORAGE_SERVICES_ENABLER_PKG)

The underlying infrastructure and programmatic interface to enable network-hosted storage applications when used with the Storage Services Modules (SSMs).

The intelligent fabric applications running on the SSM that require the SSE license are as follows:

SANTap

Network-based Storage Virtualization

Third-party partner application

On-demand Port Activation Licensing package

(PORT_ACTIVATION_PKG)

Note License Manager does not prevent installing more port licenses then the available physical ports on the switch. The extra licenses if installed, will not affect the normal behaviour of the licensed ports.

Activates ports (in 8-port increments) on the Cisco MDS 9124 Fabric Switch, which has 24 ports. The first 8 ports are licensed by default.

Activates 8 ports of 4Gbps on the Cisco MDS 9134 Fabric Switch. The switch has 32 ports, 24 of which are licensed by default.

On the Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem, any eight internal ports and external ports ext1 through ext4 are licensed by default.

On the Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter, any seven internal ports and external ports ext0, ext15 and ext16 are licensed by default.

10 Gbps Port Activation Package 10G_PORT_ACTIVATION_PKG

Activates the two 10 Gbps ports on the Cisco MDS 9134 Multilayer Fabric Switch.

Storage Media Encryption (SME)

SME_FOR_IPS_184_PKG

SME_FOR_9222i_PKG

Activates Storage Media Encryption for Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) Sensor of 184 unit specification.

Activates Storage Media Encryption for MDS 9222i switch.

Data Mobility Manager (DMM)

DMM_FOR_SSM_PKG

The Cisco MDS 9000 DMM feature runs on the Storage Service Module (SSM) in a MDS series switch. This license will activate Data Mobility Manager (DMM) for Storage Service Module.

Online migration of heterogenous arrays

Simultaneous migration of multiple LUNs

Unequal size LUN migration

Rate adjusted migration

Verification of migrated data

Secure erasure of migrated data

Dual fabric support



Note License packages for Cisco DMM (Cisco Data Mobility Manager) and Cisco SME (Cisco Storage Media Encryption) are documented in the Cisco MDS Data Mobility Manager Configuration Guide, and the Cisco Storage Media Encryption Configuration Guide.


Licensing High Availability

As with other Cisco MDS DCNM-SAN features, the licensing feature also maintains the following high availability standards for all switches in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family:

Installing any license in any switch is a nondisruptive process.

Installing a license automatically saves a copy of permanent licenses to the chassis.

If you have enabled the grace period feature, enabling a licensed feature that does not have a license key starts a counter on the grace period. You then have 120 days to install the appropriate license keys, disable the use of that feature, or disable the grace period feature. If at the end of the 120-day grace period the device does not have a valid license key for the feature, the Cisco DCNM-SAN software automatically disables the feature and removes the configuration from the device.


Note Some licenses, for example, Cisco TrustSec, do not have a grace period.


Devices with dual supervisors have the following additional high availability features:

The license software runs on both supervisor modules and provides failover protection.

The license key file is mirrored on both supervisor modules. Even if both supervisor modules fail, the license file continues to function from the version that is available on the chassis.

License Installation

If you have purchased a new switch through either your reseller or through Cisco Systems, you can:

Obtain a factory-installed license (only applies to new switch orders).

Perform a manual license installation (applies to existing switches).

This section contains the following topics:

Obtaining a Factory-Installed License

Performing a Manual Installation

Obtaining a Factory-Installed License

You can obtain factory-installed licenses for a new switch.

Detailed Steps

To obtain a factory-installed license for a new Cisco MDS switch, follow these steps:


Step 1 Contact your reseller or Cisco representative and request this service.


Note If you purchased Cisco support through a Cisco reseller, contact the reseller directly. If you purchased support directly from Cisco Systems, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html


Your switch is shipped with the required licenses installed in the system. The proof of purchase document is sent along with the switch.

Step 2 Obtain the host ID from the proof of purchase document for future use.

Step 3 Start to use the switch and the licensed features.


Performing a Manual Installation

If you have existing switches or if you wish to install the licenses on your own, you must first obtain the license key file and then install that file in the switch (see Figure 6-1).

Figure 6-1 Obtaining a License Key File

Obtaining the Switch License Key File

Detailed Steps

To obtain new or updated license key files using Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 From the menu bar, choose Physical > Inventory. You see the inventory for the switch. The host ID is referred to as the serial number.


Tip Prepend the serial number with VDH=. For example, if the serial number is FOX064317SQ, the full serial number is VDH=FOX064317SQ.


Step 2 Obtain either your claim certificate or your proof of purchase document. This document accompanies every Cisco MDS switch.

Step 3 Obtain the Product Authorization Key (PAK) from either the claim certificate or the proof of purchase document.

Step 4 Locate the website URL from either the claim certificate or the proof of purchase document.

Step 5 Access the specified URL that applies to your switch and enter the switch serial number and the PAK.

The license key file is sent to you by e-mail. The license key file is digitally signed to only authorize use on the requested switch. The requested features are also enabled once the Cisco DCNM-SAN software on the specified switch accesses the license key file.


Caution Install the license key file in the specified MDS switch without making any modifications.

A license is either permanent or it expires on a fixed date. If you do not have a license, the grace period for using that feature starts from the first time you start using a feature offered by that license.

Step 6 Use the copy licenses command in EXEC mode to save your license file to one of two locations—the bootflash: directory or the slot0: device.


Installing the Switch License Key File

The best way to install licenses on the switches in your fabric is to use the License Wizard provided in DCNM-SAN. You can also use Device Manager to install licenses on each switch individually.


Tip If you need to install multiple licenses in any switch in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family, be sure to provide unique file names for each license key file.



Note You do not need a license to access a switch with DCNM-SAN. See the "Licensing Model" section for a list of features requiring licenses.


This section contains the following topics:

Installing Switch Licenses Using DCNM-SAN License Wizard

Installing or Updating Switch Licenses Using Device Manager

Installing Switch Licenses Using DCNM-SAN License Wizard

Detailed Steps

To install licenses using the DCNM-SAN License Wizard, follow these steps:


Step 1 Log into a switch in the fabric containing the switches for which you want to install licenses.

To install licenses on multiple switches, you do not need to log into each switch; however, the switches must be in the fabric you are viewing.

Step 2 Start the License Wizard by choosing Tools > Install >License. Or, you can select Licenses under Switches in the Physical Attributes pane.

You see the license information in the Information pane, one line per feature.

Step 3 Click the Keys tab, and then click the License Install Wizard icon in the toolbar.

Figure 6-2 License Install Wizard Icon

You see the initial screen of the License Wizard.

Step 4 If you have already obtained the license key files, click the corresponding radio button and proceed to Step 6.

Step 5 Click I have the Product Authorization Key (PAK) if you have the authorization key.

Step 6 Select the vendor, from whom you purchased your switch, in the Vendor drop-down list.

The License Server URL changes depending on the vendor you select. If your URL is different, or if you select Other as the vendor, enter the correct license server URL.

Step 7 Click Next to continue to the next screen (see Figure 6-3).

Figure 6-3 License Install Wizard Dialog Box

Step 8 Select the switches for which you have PAKs or license key files.

When you check the check box for a switch, the PAK or license file name field for that switch becomes editable. The serial number for each switch is shown in the Host ID column.

Step 9 Enter the PAK or license file name for each switch you have selected in the appropriate column. If you have the license files on your PC, you can double-click in the License File Name text area to bring up a dialog box and browse for the license files.

You can install multiple licenses on the same switch using different PAKs. To do this, enter the PAKs separated by commas.

Step 10 Click Finish to transfer the licenses from the host to the switches.


DCNM-SAN accesses the appropriate license site and installs the licenses onto each switch. The status of each installation is displayed in the Status column, as follows:

success—Install or uninstall operation completed successfully.

inProgress—License install or uninstall operation is in progress.

corruptedLicenseFile—License file content is invalid or corrupted.

targetLicenseFileAlreadyExist—Target license file-name already exists.

invalidLicenseFileName—License file does not exist.

duplicateLicense—License file is already installed.

generalLicensingFailure—General error from License Manager.

none—No install operation is performed.

licenseExpiryConflict—License exists with a different expiration date for the feature.

invalidLicenseCount—License count is invalid for the feature.

Step 11 Click the Close button to close the wizard. To install more licenses at this point, you must close the wizard and launch it again.


Installing or Updating Switch Licenses Using Device Manager

Detailed Steps

To install a license on your switch using Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 Select Licenses from the Admin menu.

You see the Licenses dialog box.

Step 2 Click the Install tab.

The HostId shows the "VDH=" portion of the serial number. The rest of the number is completed in Steps 3 through 5.

Step 3 Enter the uniform resource identifier (URI) from which the license file will be retrieved.

You should already have copied the license file provided by Cisco.com or by some other means (for example, through the CLI) to this location.

Step 4 Enter the target file name in the Target Filename field to specify where the license file will be installed.

Step 5 Click Install if you are installing, or Update if you are updating.

You see the status of the installation at the bottom of the dialog box, as follows:

success—Install or uninstall operation completed successfully.

inProgress—License install or uninstall operation is in progress.

corruptedLicenseFile—License file content is invalid or corrupted.

targetLicenseFileAlreadyExist—Target license file name already exists.

invalidLicenseFileName—License file does not exist.

duplicateLicense—License file is already installed.

generalLicensingFailure—General error from License Manager.

none—No install operation is performed.

licenseExpiryConflict—License exists with a different expiration date for the feature.

invalidLicenseCount—License count is invalid for the feature.

notThisHost—License host ID in the license file does not match.

licenseInGraceMore—Number of licenses in grace period is more than the number in the install license file.

licenseFileNotFound—License file not found for the install, uninstall, or update operation.

licenseFileMissing—A previously installed license file is found missing.

invalidLicenseFileExtension—License file does not have a .lic extension.

invalidURI—Invalid license file URI specified for install operation.

noDemoLicenseSupport—Demo license not supported.

invalidPlatform—Invalid platform.

Step 6 Repeat Steps 3 through 5 to install another license, or click Close to close the License Manager dialog box.


Viewing Fabric Licenses

Detailed Steps

To view the fabric licenses, follow thses steps:


Step 1 From the menu bar, choose File > Open.

Step 2 Click Refresh to refresh the table.



Note License state of the fabrics that are unmanaged is displayed as unknown.


Adding a License File to Cisco DCNM-SAN Server

Prerequisites

You must have network administrator privileges to complete the following proedure.

Before You Begin

Acquire the required licensing file.

Detailed Steps

To add a license file, follow these steps:


Step 1 Log into the Cisco DCNM-SAN server system.

Step 2 Download the license pack file that you received from Cisco into a directory on the server system.

Step 3 Copy the license file into INSTALL_DIR/dcm/licenses directory. On a Microsoft Windows system, the default INSTALL_DIR value is C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems.

Step 4 From the menu bar, choose File > Open and then click License Files tab.

Step 5 Click Reload License Files to reload the licences.


Assigning a License to a Swtich

Prerequisites

You must have network administrator privileges to complete the following proedure.

Before You Begin

You need to make sure that the switch that you want to assign a license is not managed. You can verify

Detailed Steps

To assign a license to a switch, follow thses steps:


Step 1 From the menu bar, choose File > Open and then click License Assignment tab.

Step 2 From the table, select the switch that you want to assign the license to.

Step 3 Click Assign License.


Unassigning Licensing to a Switch

Prerequisites

You must have network administrator privileges to complete the following proedure.

Before You Begin

You need to make sure that the switch that you want to assign a license is not managed. You can verify

Detailed Steps

To unassign a license to a switch, follow thses steps:


Step 1 From the menu bar, choose File > Open and then click License Assignment tab.

Step 2 From the table, select the switch that you want to unassign the license.

Step 3 Click Unassign License.


Identifying License Features in Use

When a Cisco MDS DCNM-SAN software feature is enabled, it can activate a license grace period.

To identify the features active for a specific license using DCNM-SAN, follow these steps:


Step 1 Select a switch from the Fabric pane, or select a group of switches (SAN, fabric, VSAN) from the Logical Domains pane.

Step 2 Select Licenses under Switches in the Physical Attributes pane.

You see the contents of the Feature Usage tab in the Information pane, with installed licenses listed in the Feature column.

Step 3 Click the Usage tab.

You see the features currently in use in the Application column.


Uninstalling Licenses

You can only uninstall a permanent license that is not in use. If you try to delete a permanent license that is currently being used, the software rejects the request and issues an error message. Uninstalling an unused license causes the grace period to come into effect. The grace period is counted from the first use of the feature without a license and is reset when a valid license file is installed.


Note Permanent licenses cannot be uninstalled if they are currently being used. Features turned on by permanent licenses must first be disabled, before that license is uninstalled.



Tip If you are using an evaluation license and would like to install a new permanent license, you can do so without service disruption and before the evaluation license expires. Removing a permanent license immediately triggers a grace period without service disruption.



Caution Disable related features before uninstalling a license. The delete procedure fails if the license is in use.

Detailed Steps

To uninstall a license, follow these steps:


Step 1 Log into the switch. If you are using DCNM-SAN to remove licenses from multiple switches, you do not need to log in to each switch; however, the switches must be in the fabric you are viewing.

Step 2 From the DCNM-SAN Physical Attributes pane, choose Licenses > Switches. You see the license information in the Information pane, one line per feature.

From Device Manager menu, choose Admin > Licenses. You see the Licenses dialog box.

Step 3 In DCNM-SAN, click the Keys tab. You see the list of License Key files. Click the name of the license you want to remove, and press the Delete keyboard key or click the Delete Row icon in the toolbar.

In Device Manager, click Uninstall, and enter the name of the License Key file you want to remove. Click Apply to remove the License Key file, and click Close to close the dialog box.


Note To delete a license, you must disable the features enabled by that license. The delete procedure fails if the license is in use, and an error message is displayed.



Updating Licenses

If your license is time bound, you must obtain and install an updated license. Contact technical support to request an updated license.


Note If you purchased Cisco support through a Cisco reseller, contact the reseller directly. If you purchased support directly from Cisco Systems, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html


Detailed Steps

To update a license, follow these steps:


Step 1 Obtain the updated license file using the procedure described in the "Obtaining the Switch License Key File" section.

Step 2 Save your running configuration to a remote server using the copy command.

Step 3 Verify the name of the file to be updated.

Step 4 Follow the procedure for updating a license described in the "Uninstalling Licenses" section.


Grace Period Alerts

Cisco DCNM-SAN gives you a 120-day grace period. This grace period starts or continues when you are evaluating a feature for which you have not installed a license.


Note There is no grace period for licenses purchased for the On-Demand Port Activation license feature.


The grace period stops if you disable a feature you are evaluating, but if you enable that feature again without a valid license, the grace period countdown continues where it left off.

The grace period operates across all features in a license package. License packages can contain several features. If you disable a feature during the grace period and there are other features in that license package that are still enabled, the countdown does not stop for that license package. To suspend the grace period countdown for a license package, you must disable every feature in that license package.

The Cisco DCNM-SAN license counter keeps track of all licenses on a switch. If you are evaluating a feature and the grace period has started, you will receive console messages, SNMP traps, system messages, and Call Home messages on a daily basis. The frequency of these messages become hourly during the last seven days of the grace period.

The following example uses the FICON feature. On January 30th, you enabled the FICON feature, using the 120-day grace period. You will receive grace period ending messages as:

Daily alerts from January 30th to May 21st.

Hourly alerts from May 22nd to May 30th.

On May 31st, the grace period ends, and the FICON feature is automatically disabled. You will not be allowed to use FICON until you purchase a valid license.


Note You cannot modify the frequency of the grace period messages.



Caution After the final seven days of the grace period, the feature is turned off and your network traffic may be disrupted. Any future upgrade will enforce license requirements and the 120-day grace period.

License Transfers Between Switches

A license is specific to the switch for which it is issued and is not valid on any other switch. If you need to transfer a license from one switch to another, contact your customer service representative.


Note Rehosting licenses is only supported for RMAs.



Note If you purchased Cisco support through a Cisco reseller, contact the reseller directly. If you purchased support directly from Cisco Systems, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html


Displaying License Information

You can use DCNM-SAN Client or Device Manager to display all license information configured on a switch.

This section contains the following topics:

Viewing License Information in DCNM-SAN Client

Viewing License Information in Device Manager

Viewing Licenses Using DCNM Web Client

Viewing License Information in DCNM-SAN Client

Detailed Steps

To view license information in DCNM-SAN, follow these steps:


Step 1 Select Licenses under Switches in the Physical Attributes pane. You see the license information in the Information pane, one line per feature.

Step 2 Click the Feature Usage tab to see the switch, the name of the feature package, the type of license installed, the number of licenses used (Installed Count), the expiration date, the grace period (if you do not have a license for a particular feature), and any errors (for example, if you have a missing license).

Step 3 Click the Keys tab to display the information about each of the License Key files installed on your switches.


Caution Once an expiration period has started, notifications appear in the DCNM-SAN's Events pane on a daily basis. During the last seven days of the expiration period, these messages are displayed hourly. After the final seven days of the expiration period, the feature is turned off and your network traffic may be disrupted.

Step 4 Click the Usage tab to see the applications using the feature package on each switch. Use this tab to determine which applications depend on each license installed.

Viewing License Information in Device Manager

Detailed Steps

To view license information in Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 Select Admin > Licenses from the menu.

You see the Licenses dialog box.

Step 2 Click the Features tab to see the name of the feature package, the type of license, the expiration date, the grace period (if you do not have a license for a particular feature), and any errors, such as a missing license.

Step 3 Click the Files tab to display the information about each of the License Key files installed on your switch.

Step 4 Click the Install tab to install or update a license file.

Step 5 Click the Usage tab to which applications are using the features on the switch.


Viewing Licenses Using DCNM Web Client

Cisco DCNM Web Client supports viewing license use across the fabric from Fabric Manager Web Client. This view summarizes the licenses used on all switches in the fabric.

To view licenses using Cisco DCNM-SAN Web Client, choose Inventory > Licenses.

 
   

DCNM-SAN Server Licensing

When you install Cisco DCNM-SAN, the basic version of the Cisco DCNM-SAN Server (DCNM-SAN Server) is installed with it. To get the enhanced features, such as Performance Manager and remote client support you will need to buy and install the Cisco MDS 9000 Family DCNM-SAN Server license package.

However, trial use of these enhanced features is available. To enable the 120-day trial, you simply use the feature as you would if you had purchased the license. You see a dialog box explaining that this is a demo version, enabled for a limited time.

If you are evaluating Cisco DCNM-SAN Server features and want to stop the evaluation period for that feature, you can do that using Device Manager.

Detailed Steps

To stop the evaluation using Device Manager, follow these steps:


Step 1 Select Admin > Licenses.

You see the Licenses dialog box.

Step 2 Click the Features tab and select the feature to check in.

When you select the feature, you see a Check In FM button at the bottom of the dialog box.

Step 3 Click Check In FM to stop the demo period timer.