Cisco DCNM Installation and Licensing Guide, Release 6.x
Installing and Managing Licenses for Cisco Data Center Network Manager
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Table of Contents

Installing and Managing Licenses for Cisco Data Center Network Manager

Information About Cisco DCNM Software Licenses

Licensing Terminology

Cisco DCNM-LAN Features

Cisco DCNM-SAN Features

Cisco DCNM Server-Based Licenses

FInstalling Cisco DCNM Licenses

Viewing Licenses Using the Cisco DCNM Wizard

Managing Licenses

Adding Cisco DCNM Licenses

Assigning Licenses

Unassigning Licenses to a Switch

Transferring Licences

Self-Serve License Transfer Process

Installing and Managing Licenses for Cisco Data Center Network Manager

This chapter describes Cisco Data Center Network Manager's licensing model and how to install and manage licenses for Cisco DCNM.

This chapter includes the following sections:

Information About Cisco DCNM Software Licenses

Cisco Data Center Network Manager is Cisco's Domain manager for NX-OS capable platforms that helps troubleshoot paths, manage network resources and simplify provisioning of NX-OS based features across multiple SAN and LAN protocols. Cisco DCNM is enterprise level tool that is deployed at some of the Cisco's largest accounts around the globe monitoring and configuring mission critical data centers that include financial institutions, cloud service providers, governments and some of the top Fortune 500 companies.

The license costs for Cisco Data Center Network Manager are determined by the switch platform type and by the number of units within each platform. The advanced feature licenses are available for the following switch platforms: Cisco Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 3000, MDS 9100, MDS 9200, and MDS 9500 Series switches. Each platform has an individual price that is based on whether it is a LAN versus SAN switch and modular versus a fixed chassis. The advanced features for Cisco Nexus 1000V and Cisco Nexus 4000 Series switches are part of the image at no cost. In addition, Cisco DCNM has a many features that are enabled for free as part of the image. These features that are free are referred to as essential features. The features are split between SAN and LAN platforms (hardware support and Cisco NX-OS features) and application-specific features such as VMware path analytics [vCenter integration], performance trending, event forwarding, and so on. For the list of licenses, Cisco DCNM Server-Based Licenses.

However, the biggest value of Cisco DCNM is its license structure. If you have purchased the Cisco DCNM advanced feature license for any Cisco Nexus or MDS switches, that license stays valid for the lifetime of the platform at Cisco. For example, if you replace an older switch with a new generation switch of the same platform (that is, MDS 9506 with MDS 9513) the license can be reassigned. Cisco DCNM advanced licenses are also available as part of Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 5000 software promotional bundles.

Cisco DCNM also supports older Fabric Manager (FM) licenses (SAN only) that have been installed on the switch. These licenses provide high availability (HA) with up to ten management servers that manage a single fabric in parallel. However, Fabric Manager licenses are only valid for the lifetime of the switch inside the data center and expire when the switch is decommissioned from the data center. You can still order FM licenses as spares if you prefer the HA capability.

Services contract SKUs (CON-SAU) are required for Cisco TAC support for upgrades from one version of Cisco DCNM to another. The upgrade path also includes the Fabric Manager to DCNM upgrade (from FMS 5.0 to DCNM 5.2).

If you would like to evaluate Cisco DCNM in your own environment, Cisco makes the advanced licenses available for 60 days which can be extended by another 60 days if required (EVAL/DEMO site). This demo license is limited to 20 units per platform. To see how Cisco DCNM can enable network and storage teams to use the essential and advanced features, see this video at http://www.cisco.com/go/dcnm.

 

Cisco DCNM consists of four components (see Figure 6-1): Device Manager, Converged LAN and SAN web client, LAN Java Client (DCNM for LAN), and SAN Java Client (DCNM for SAN). Starting with Release DCNM 6.1, web client enables consolidation of multiple data centers. As part of the advanced feature license, Cisco provides scale-out architecture where multiple DCNM servers are deployed with a single database instance. The sizing criteria is listed in the DCNM FAQ document and release notes.

Figure 6-1 WebUI, JAVA Client and Device Manager

Licensing Terminology

The following terms are used in this chapter:

  • Advanced License—License that unlocks advanced features of Cisco DCNM
  • Essential Features—Features that come at no cost as part of the product install (unlocked).
  • Server Based License—Cisco DCNM License that is tied down to the host ID of the management or database server and is located on the management server itself (license pool).
  • Switch Embedded License—Fabric Manager License that is installed on the switch supervisor enabling "FM_package" and associated with a switch serial number.
  • 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—Software feature that requires a license to be used.
  • License enforcement—Mechanism that prevents a feature from being used without first obtaining a license.
  • Node-locked license— License that can only be used on a particular switch that uses the switch's unique host ID.
  • Host IDs—MAC address of the DCNM server used to claim a license by providing a valid Product Authorization Key (PAK)
  • Chassis Serial Number—Switch serial number used to claim a Fabric Manager license by providing a valid PAK.
  • Proof of purchase—Document that entitles 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 feature that 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 an e-mail.
  • License key file—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. The license keys can be downloaded directly from Cisco.com and sent as an e-mail attachment.
  • Evaluation license—License that is time bound and valid for 60 days for each 20 units of the specified platform
  • Permanent license—License that is not time bound.
  • Support—If you purchased Cisco support through a Cisco reseller, contact the reseller directly. If you purchased support directly from Cisco, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html

Note The Cisco DCNM installer supports only US English. Attempting to install a license for any locale other than US English results in a error.


Cisco DCNM-LAN Features

Table 6-1 displays the Cisco DCNM-LAN features.

Table 6-1 DCNM-LAN Features

Feature
DCNM Essential Edition (Free)
DCNM Advanced Edition (Licensed)

Port/Port Channel

Static Port Pinning

LACP

VLAN 802.1q/P VLAN

STP (MST, RPSVT)

ACL (MAC, IP, VLAN)

Port Security

Traffic Storm Control

IGMP Snooping

AAA

Environmental (HwRes Utilization with TCAM statistics)

Module Temperature

SPAN

Discovery and Inventory

Fault Management (Filtering, TCA, and actions)

Traffic Statistics Reports

RBAC

Port Profile

Template Center

Web Services and Java API

vPCs

802.1X

Gateway load-balancing protocol (GLBP)

Object tracking

Keychain management

DHCP snooping

Dynamic ARP Inspection

ARP access control lists (ACLs)

IP Source Guard

Traffic storm control

Port security

IP tunnels

Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)

Logical vPC view of the Topology feature

Display of historical statistical data

FabricPath

Host tracking


Note Cisco DCNM requires licenses only for Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, and 3000 series switches and do not require licenses for Cisco Nexus 4000, 1000v and Cisco Catalyst 6000 series switches.


To purchase licenses for all the advanced edition features, see Cisco DCNM Release Notes, Release 6.x.

Cisco DCNM-SAN Features

Table 6-2 displays the Cisco DCNM-SAN features that are free and licensed.

Table 6-2 Cisco DCNM-SAN Features

Feature
DCNM Essential Edition (Free)
DCNM Advanced Edition (Licensed)

FC/FCoE/FICON/iSCSI Topoplgy View

Fabric, Device, and Summary Views

Port, Switch, and fabric-level configuration

Event and security management

Configuration analysis tools

Network diagnostic and troubleshooting tools

Real-time performance monitoring

One command multi-switch CLI access

Device Manager

Template based provisioning

Gold Diagnostics

Heterogeneous storage array discovery

Scale-out federation architecture

SAN Host Path Redundancy Analysis

Automatic fabric failover

VMware vCenter Plug-in

Multiple fabric management

Centralized management server with discovery

Continuous health and event monitoring

Historical performance monitoring and reporting

Event forwarding

DCNM proxy services

Configuration backup, archive, and compare

Roaming user profiles

VMpath analytics

Domain Dashboards

Capacity Manager

Event Snooze


Note Cisco DCNM requires licenses only for Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, and 3000 series switches and do not require licenses for Cisco Nexus 4000, 1000v and Cisco Catalyst 6000 series switches.


To purchase licenses for all the advanced edition features, see Cisco DCNM Release Notes, Release 6.x.

Cisco DCNM Server-Based Licenses

Table 6-3 displays the Cisco DCNM server based licenses.

Table 6-3 Cisco DCNM Server-Based Licenses

Platform
Electronic Part Number
Physical Part Numbers
Chassis Part Numbers

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for MDS 9100

L-DCNM-S-M91-K9=

DCNM-SAN-M91-K9=

DCNM-SAN-M91-K9

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for MDS 9200

L-DCNM-S-M92-K9=

DCNM-SAN-M92-K9=

DCNM-SAN-M92-K9

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for MDS 9500

L-DCNM-S-M95-K9=

DCNM-SAN-M95-K9=

DCNM-SAN-M95-K9

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for MDS 9700

L-DCNM-S-M97-K9=

DCNM-SAN-M97-K9=

DCNM-SAN-M97-K9

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 5000

L-DCNM-S-N5K-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N5K-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N5K-K9

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 6001

L-DCNM-S-N61-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N61-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N61-K9

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 6004

L-DCNM-S-N64-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N64-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N64-K9

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 7000

L-DCNM-S-N7K-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N7K-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N7K-K9

DCNM for SAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 7700

L-DCNM-S-N77-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N77-K9=

DCNM-SAN-N77-K9

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 3000

L-DCNM-L-N3K-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N3K-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N3K-K9

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 5000

L-DCNM-L-N5K-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N5K-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N5K-K9

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 6001

L-DCNM-L-N61-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N61-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N61-K9

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 6004

L-DCNM-L-N64-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N64-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N64-K9

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 7000

L-DCNM-N7K-K9=

DCNM-N7K-K9=

DCNM-N7K-K9

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 7700

L-DCNM-L-N77-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N77-K9=

DCNM-LAN-N77-K9

DCNM SAN & LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 5000

NA

DCNM-LS-N5K-K9=

DCNM-LS-N5K-K9

DCNM SAN & LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 6001

L-DCNM-LS-N61K9=

DCNM-LS-N61-K9=

DCNM-LS-N61-K9

DCNM SAN & LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 6004

L-DCNM-LS-N64K9=

DCNM-LS-N64-K9=

DCNM-LS-N64-K9

DCNM SAN & LAN Advanced Edition for Nexus 7700

L-DCNM-LS-N77K9=

DCNM-LS-N77-K9=

DCNM-LS-N77-K9

FInstalling Cisco DCNM Licenses

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

You must have network administrator privileges to complete the following procedure. Acquire the required licensing file.

DETAILED STEPS


Step 1 Start the License Wizard by choosing Admin > License .

Step 2 Choose the Server License Files tab (see Figure 6-2).

The valid Cisco DCNM-LAN and DCNM-SAN devices that are licensed are displayed.


Note Ensure the security agent is disabled when you load licenses.


Figure 6-2 Installing Cisco DCNM Licenses

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

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

Step 3 Click Add License File.


Note Ensure that you do not edit the contents of the .lic file or the Cisco Data Center Network Manager software ignore any features that are associated with that license file. The contents of the file are signed and must remain intact. When you accidentally copy, rename, or insert the license file multiple times, the duplicate files are ignored, but the original will be counted.



 

Viewing Licenses Using the Cisco DCNM Wizard

You can view the existing Cisco DCNM licenses.

DETAILED STEPS


Step 1 Start the License Wizard by choosing Admin > License .

Figure 6-3 displays the license information.

Figure 6-3 Cisco DCNM Licenses


Note By default, the Switch Licenses tab is displayed.


Table 6-4 displays the Cisco DCNM server license fields.

Table 6-4 Cisco DCNM Server License Files

Field
Description

File Name

Name of the license file.

Feature

Describes the feature name specified in the license file. The following values are supported:

  • DCNM-LAN
  • DCNM-SAN
  • DCNM-SAN-LAN
  • LAN-ENT-N7K

PID

Describes the product ID found in the vendor string of the license file. For example, DCNM-N7K-K0 is an enterprise license for Cisco Nexus 7000 series switches.

SAN (Free or Total)

Lists the number of SAN licenses used and that are available.

LAN (Free or Total)

Lists the number of LAN licenses used and that are available.

Eval Expiration

Displays the expiry date of the license.


Note Text in the eval expiration field will be in Red for licenses that expires in seven days.


Table 6-5 displays the Cisco DCNM switch license fields.

Table 6-5 Cisco DCNM Switch Licenses

Field
Description

Group

Displays if it is a Fabric or a LAN group.

Switch Name

Displays the name of the switch.

Model

Displays the model of the device. For example, DS-C9124 or N5K-C5020P-BF.

License State

Displays the license state of the switch that can be one of the following:

  • Permanent
  • Eval
  • Unlicensed
  • License Not Supported
  • Expired
  • Invalid

License Type

Displays if the license is a switch-based embedded license or a server-based license.

Eval Expiration

Displays the expiry date of the license.


Note Text in the eval expiration field will be in Red for licenses that expires in seven days.



 

Managing Licenses

This section includes the following topics:

Adding Cisco DCNM Licenses

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

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

DETAILED STEPS


Step 1 Start the License Wizard by choosing Admin > License .

Step 2 Click on the Server License File tab.

Step 3 Click Add License File.

Browse to the directory where you have stored the license file and add the license file. Once the licenses are added, assign the licenses to existing switches. For switches that are yet to be discovered, licenses are automatically assigned.


 

Assigning Licenses

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

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

DETAILED STEPS


Step 1 Start the License Wizard by choosing Admin > License .

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

Step 3 Click Assign License.


 

Unassigning Licenses to a Switch

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

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

DETAILED STEPS


Step 1 Start the License Wizard by choosing Admin > License .

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

Step 3 Click Unassign License.


 

Transferring Licences

Cisco DCNM licenses are specific to the HOST ID (MAC address) of the DCNM management server. To transfer a Cisco DCNM license to another management server contact your customer service representative or if purchased directly from Cisco contact Cisco's global licensing operations.

For Fabric Manager licenses that are associated with switch serial number, rehosting of licenses is supported only for RMAs. If the switch fails and it is covered by a services contract, the FM license is rehomed to the new switch.

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.

Self-Serve License Transfer Process

The feature enables you to move the licenses from one DCNM server to another.


Step 1 Use your browser and go to the Cisco License Registration Portal at www.cisco.com/go/license.

Step 2 Click Continue to Product License Registration.

Step 3 From the menu bar, use the Transfer drop-down and select License for Transfer - Initiate.

Step 4 Under Specify License Source, use the search node lock filter to enter the MAC address and click Search or select MAC address of the source from the list.

Step 5 You must add a license if another CCO user has registered this license. Click Add License. A pop-up window appears.

Step 6 Use Select the product type drop-down and select License File.

Step 7 In the credentials field, paste the contents of the license file obatined from a source DCNM file or your e-mail and click OK. Click Next to continue.

Step 8 Under Specify Target & Options, in the Host Id field, enter the MAC address of the target DCNM server and click Next to continue.

Step 9 Review the transfer details and in the Sent To field and specify the email address of the license key recipient.

Step 10 Select the name of End user and use the checkbox to accept the terms of the license.

Step 11 Click Submit to complete the configuration. You can now wait for the license key to be emailed or download instantly.