Cisco NX-OS Licensing Guide
Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software Features
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Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software Features

Contents

Licensing Cisco NX-OS Software Features

This publication contains information related to licensing types, options, procedures, installation, and management for the Cisco NX-OS software.


Note


Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) is a graphical user interface that you can use to manage your data center infrastructure. See the Cisco DCNM Installation and Licensing Guide for details about installing and licensing Cisco DCNM.


Information About Licensing

Licensing allows you to access specified premium features on the device after you install the appropriate license for that feature.

Feature-Based Licenses

Feature-based licenses make features available to the entire physical device, so you only need one copy of the license for a device. Each license only supports the listed features. Licenses may be specific to a particular hardware platform.

Any feature not included in a license package is bundled with the Cisco NX-OS software and is provided at no extra charge to you.

The licenses are independent of each other. If you want to use features that are covered by different licenses, you must install all appropriate licenses.

This table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series, which includes Cisco Nexus 9500 switches and Cisco Nexus 9300 switches.

Table 1 Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series

Feature License

Product ID

Features

Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG

N95-LAN1K9

N93-LAN1K9

  • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS) Protocol (Layer 3 only)
  • Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) which includes sparse mode
  • Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP)
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
  • VXLAN (Cisco Nexus 9300 Series only)
This table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, which includes Cisco Nexus 7000 switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 switches.

Table 2 Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series

Feature License

Product ID

Features

Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG

N7K-LAN1K9

N77-LAN1K9

  • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS) Protocol (Layer 3 only)
  • Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) which includes sparse mode, bidirectional mode, and source-specific mode (SSM)
  • Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP)
  • Policy-Based Routing
  • Generic routing encapsulation (GRE) tunnel
  • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)

Advanced Services Package

LAN_ADVANCED_SERVICES_PKG

N7K-ADV1K9

  • Virtual device contexts (VDCs)

VDC Licenses

VDC_PKG

N7K-VDC1K9

N77-VDC1K9

  • Increments four VDC licenses that allow the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Supervisor 2 Enhanced module to support eight VDCs

Transport Services Package

LAN_TRANSPORT_SERVICES_PKG

N7K-TRS1K9

N77-TRS1K9

  • Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)

Scalable Services Package

SCALABLE_SERVICES_PKG

N7K-C7004-XL

N7K-C7009-XL

N7K-C7010-XL

N7K-C7018-XL

A single license per system enables all XL-capable I/O modules to operate in XL mode. The license increases the performance of the following features:

  • IPv4 routes
  • IPv6 routes
  • ACL entries

Enhanced Layer 2 Package

ENHANCED_LAYER2_PKG

N7K-EL21K9

N77-EL21K9

  • FabricPath support on the F Series module

MPLS Services Package

MPLS_PKG

N7K-MPLS1K9

  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Layer 3 Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Layer 2 Ethernet over MPLS (EoMPLS)
  • Layer 2 Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS)

Storage Enterprise Package

STORAGE_ENT

N7K-SAN1K9

N77-SAN1K9

  • Inter-VSAN routing (IVR) over Fibre Channel and FCoE IVR Network Address Translation (NAT) over Fibre Channel
  • VSAN-based Access Control
  • Fabric Binding for open systems

Note


Starting with Cisco NX-OS Release 6.1, Cisco TrustSec (CTS) does not require a feature license. CTS is included with the Cisco NX-OS software.


This table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 6000 Series switches.

Table 3 Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 6000 Series

Feature License

Product ID

Features

FabricPath Services Package

ENHANCED_LAYER2_PKG

N6001-EL2-SSK9

N6004-EL2-SSK9

FabricPath

FCoE NPV Package

FCOE_NPV_PKG

N6K-FNPV-SSK9

FCoE NPV

Layer 3 Base Services Package

LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG

1 2

N6K-BAS1K9

Unlimited static routes and maximum of 256 dynamic routes.

  • Static routes
  • RIPv2
  • OSPFv2 and OSPFv3
  • EIGRP Stub
  • HSRP 3
  • VRRP 4
  • IGMP v2/v3
  • PIMv2 (sparse mode)
  • VRF Lite
  • routed ACL
  • NAT

Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG

5 6

N6001-LAN1K9

N6004-LAN1K9

N6001-LAN1K9 / N6004-LAN1K9 includes below features in addition to the ones under N6K-BAS1K9 license.

  • BGP
  • PBR
  • Full EIGRP
  • PIMv2 (all modes)
  • L3 IS-IS 7
  • uRPF
  • MSDP
  • Sampled Netflow

Storage Protocols Services Package

FC_FEATURES_PKG

ENTERPRISE_PKG

N6001-16P-SSK9

N6004-4Q-SSK9

N6004-12Q-SSK9

N6K-16P-SSK98

N6K-20P-SSK99

N6001-64P-SSK9

N6004-96Q-SSK9

  • Native Fibre Channel
  • FCoE
  • FC NPV
  • FC Port Security
  • Fabric Binding
  • Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) authentication

VM-FEX Package

N6K-VMFEXK9

VM-FEX

1 The LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG gives unlimited static routes and a maximum of 256 dynamic routes across all the protocols.
2 Routes above 256 for all protocols are included in the LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG license.
3 Although this feature can be enabled and configured in the CLI without this license, it will not function until the license is installed.
4 Although this feature can be enabled and configured in the CLI without this license, it will not function until the license is installed.
5 The LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG license needs to be installed in order to use the LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG license.
6 Routes above 256 for all protocols included in the LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG license.
7 L3 IS-IS will be available starting with the 7.0(1) N1 (1) software release.
8 These licenses are applicable to the Nexus 6004 20 UP LEM only.
9 These licenses are applicable to the Nexus 6004 20 UP LEM only.
This table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 5600 Series switches.

Table 4 Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 5600 Series
Feature License Product ID Features

FabricPath Services Package

ENHANCED_LAYER2_PKG

N5672-EL2-SSK9

N56128-EL2-SSK9

FabricPath

FCoE NPV Package

FCOE_NPV_PKG

N56-FNPV-SSK9

FCoE NPV

Layer 3 Base Services Package

LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG 10

N56-BAS1K9

Unlimited static routes and maximum of 256 dynamic routes.

  • Static routes
  • RIPv2
  • OSPFv2 and OSPFv3
  • EIGRP Stub
  • HSRP 11
  • VRRP12
  • IGMP v2/v3
  • PIMv2 (sparse mode)
  • VRF Lite
  • routed ACL
  • NAT

Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG1314

N56-LAN1K9

N56-LAN1K9 license includes below features in addition to the ones under N56-BAS1K9 license.

  • BGP
  • PBR
  • Full EIGRP
  • PIMv2 (all modes)
  • L3 IS-IS15
  • uRPF
  • MSDP
  • Sampled Netflow

Storage Protocols Services Package

FC_FEATURES_PKG

ENTERPRISE_PKG

N56-16p-SSK9

N5672-72P-SSK9

N56128-128P-SSK9

  • Native Fibre Channel
  • FCoE
  • NPV
  • FC Port Security
  • Fabric Binding
  • Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) authentication

VM-FEX Package

N56-VMFEX9

VM-FEX

10 The LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG gives unlimited static routes and a maximum of 256 dynamic routes across all the protocols.
11 Although this feature can be enabled and configured in the CLI without this license, it will not function until the license is installed.
12 Although this feature can be enabled and configured in the CLI without this license, it will not function until the license is installed.
13 The LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG license needs to be installed in order to use the LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG license.
14 Routes above 256 for all protocols included in the LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG license.
15 L3 IS-IS will be available starting with the 7.0(1) N1 (1) software release.
This table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 5000 and 5500 Series switches.
Note   

The prefix of the Product ID number indicates the platform for which the license applies. For example, N5548 indicates that the license is for the Cisco Nexus 5548 switch only, and N5K indicates that the license is for all Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switches.



Table 5 Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 5000 and Nexus 5500 Series

Feature License

Product ID

Features

FabricPath Services Package

ENHANCED_LAYER2_PKG

N5548-EL2-SSK9

N5596-EL2-SSK9

FabricPath

FCoE NPV Package

FCOE_NPV_PKG

N5010-FNPV-SSK9

N5020-FNPV-SSK9

N5548-FNPV--SSK9

N5596-FNPV-SSK9

FCoE NPV

Layer 3 Base Services Package

LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG

16

N55-BAS1K9

Unlimited static routes and maximum of 256 dynamic routes.

  • Static routes
  • RIPv2
  • OSPFv2 and OSPFv3
  • EIGRP Stub
  • HSRP 17
  • VRRP 18
  • IGMP v2/v3
  • PIMv2 (sparse mode)
  • VRF Lite
  • routed ACL
  • NAT

Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG 1920

N55-LAN1K9

N55-LAN1K9 includes below features in addition to the ones under N55-BAS1K9 license.

  • BGP
  • PBR
  • PIMv2 (all modes)
  • Full EIGRP
  • L3 IS-IS21
  • uRPF
  • MSDP
  • Sampled Netflow

Storage Protocols Services Package

FC_FEATURES_PKG

ENTERPRISE_PKG

N5010-SSK9

N5020-SSK9

N55-8P-SSK9

N55-48P-SSK9

  • Native Fibre Channel
  • FCoE
  • NPV
  • FC Port Security
  • Fabric Binding
  • Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) authentication

VM-FEX Package

N55-VMFEXK9

VM-FEX

16 The LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG gives unlimited static routes and a maximum of 256 dynamic routes across all the protocols.
17 Although this feature can be enabled and configured in the CLI without this license, it will not function until the license is installed.
18 Although this feature can be enabled and configured in the CLI without this license, it will not function until the license is installed.
19 The LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG license needs to be installed in order to use the LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG license.
20 Routes above 256 for all protocols included in the LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG license.
21 L3 IS-IS will be available starting with the 7.0(1) N1 (1) software release.
This table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 4000 Series.

Table 6 Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 4000 Series

Feature License

Product ID

Features

Basic Storage Services Package

BASIC_STORAGE_SERVICES_PKG

N4K-4005I-SSK9

FIP snooping feature

This table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series.

Table 7 Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series

Feature License

Product ID

Features

Layer 3 Base Services Package

LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG

N3548-BAS1K9

  • Static routing
  • RIPv2
  • EIGRP stub
  • OSPFv2 (limited routes)
  • PIMv2 (sparse mode)

Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG

N3548-LAN1K9

  • OSPF (unlimited routes)
  • BGP and VRF-lite (IP-VPN)
Note   

Requires Base Services Package.

Cisco Nexus 3500 Algo Boost License

ALGO_BOOST_SERVICES_PKG

N3548-ALGK9

  • Warp Mode
  • Warp SPAN
  • Static NAT
This table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series.

Table 8 Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series

Feature License

Product ID

Features

Layer 3 Base Services Package

LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG

N3K-BAS1K9

  • Static routing
  • RIPv2
  • EIGRP stub
  • OSPFv2 (limited routes)
  • PIMv2 (sparse mode)
Note   

The Cisco Nexus 3164Q switch supports a base-level Layer 3 feature set by default and does not require the Layer 3 Base Services Package license.

Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG

N3K-LAN1K9

  • OSPF (unlimited routes)
  • EIGRP (unlimited routes)
  • BGP
  • VXLAN (Cisco Nexus 3164Q only)
Note   

The Layer 3 Base Services Package license is a prerequisite for the Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package license on all Cisco Nexus 3000 Series switches except the Cisco Nexus 3164Q switch.

Module-based Licenses

Module-based licenses make features available to one module on the physical device, so you need one copy of the license for each module that you want to enable the features on. Each license only supports the listed features. Licenses may be specific to a particular hardware platform or module.


Note


Any feature not included in a license package is bundled with the Cisco NX-OS software and is provided at no extra charge to you.


This table lists the module license packages for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, which includes Cisco Nexus 7000 switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 switches.

Table 9 Module-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series

Module License

Product ID

Features

FCoE Services Package

(FCOE_PKG)

N7K-FCOEF132XP=

  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
Note   

You do not need the Advanced Services Package to enable the storage VDC required for FCoE.

FCoE F2-Series

(FCoE_F2)

N7K-FCOEF248XP

N77-FCOE-F248XP

  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for Cisco Nexus 7000 48-port 10G SFP+ (F2)
  • FCoE for Cisco Nexus 7700 Enhanced F2e Series 48 Port 10G (SFP+)

Note


The licenses are independent of each other. If you want to use features that are covered by different licenses, you must install all appropriate licenses. For example, if you want to use EIGRP and VDCs on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, you must install both the Enterprise Services Package license and the Advanced Services Package license.

Licensing Terminology

The following terms are used in this document:

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 device.
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 device using the device’s unique host ID.
Host IDs
A unique chassis serial number that is specific to each device.
Software license claim certificate
A document entitling its rightful owner to use licensed features on one device as described in that document.
Product Authorization Key (PAK)
The PAK allows you to obtain a license key from one of the sites listed in the software license claim certificate document. After registering at the specified website, you will receive your license key file and installation instructions through e-mail.
License key file
A device-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.
Missing license
If the bootflash has been corrupted or a supervisor module replaced after you have installed a license, that license shows as missing. The feature still works. You should reinstall the license as soon as possible.
Evaluation license
A temporary license. Evaluation licenses are time bound (valid for a specified number of days) and are tied to a host ID (device 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, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​support/​tsd_​cisco_​worldwide_​contacts.html

Licensing Virtualization Support

On the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, you install and manage licenses on the physical device in the default virtual device context (VDC 1). Licenses apply to features in all VDCs and Virtual Routing and Forwarding instances (VRFs) on the physical device. You do not need to obtain a separate license for each VDC or VRF. For more information on VDCs, see the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Virtual Device Context Configuration Guide.

Licensing High Availability

As with other Cisco NX-OS features, the licensing feature also maintains the following high-availability standards:

  • Installing any license in the device 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 NX-OS software automatically disables the feature and removes the configuration from the device.

    Note


    The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series and Cisco Nexus 3000 Series do not support the grace period feature.

    Note


    Some licenses, for example Cisco TrustSec for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series or Layer 3 Enterprise Services for the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, 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

You can either obtain a factory-installed license (only applies to new device orders) or perform a manual license installation of the license (applies to existing devices in your network).

Obtaining a Factory-Installed License

You can obtain factory-installed licenses for a new Cisco NX-OS device.

Procedure
    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, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​support/​tsd_​cisco_​worldwide_​contacts.html

    Your device is shipped with the required licenses installed in the system.

    Step 2   Start using the device and the licensed features.

    Performing a Manual Installation

    If you have existing devices 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 device.


    Note


    All licenses for the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series and the Cisco Nexus 4000 Series are factory-installed. Manual installation is not required.


    Figure 1. Obtaining a License Key File. This figure shows how to obtain a license key file.



    Obtaining the License Key File

    You can obtain new or updated license key files.

    Procedure
       Command or ActionPurpose
      Step 1Obtain the serial number for your device by entering the show license host-id command. The host ID is also referred to as the device serial number.  
      switch# show license host-id
      License hostid: VDH=FOX064317SQ
      
      
      Tip   

      Use the entire ID that appears after the equal sign (=). In this example, the host ID is FOX064317SQ.

       
      Step 2Obtain your software license claim certificate document. If you cannot locate your software license claim certificate, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​en/​US/​support/​tsd_​cisco_​worldwide_​contacts.html    
      Step 3Locate the product authorization key (PAK) from the software license claim certificate document.    
      Step 4 Locate the website URL from the software license claim certificate document. You can access the Product License Registration website from this URL: https:/​/​tools.cisco.com/​SWIFT/​LicensingUI/​Home    
      Step 5 Follow the instructions on the Product License Registration website to register the license for your device.  

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

      Caution   

      Do not make any modifications to the license key file. It will alter the digital signature and render the license invalid.

      A license is permanent. If you do not have a license, the grace period for using a feature starts from the first time you start using a feature offered by a license.

      Note   

      Cisco TrustSec for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series and Layer 3 Enterprise for the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series do not have a grace period. You must obtain an Advanced Services license to use Cisco TrustSec.

       
      Step 6For the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series and Cisco Nexus 3164Q switches, use the copy licenses command to save your license file to one of three locations—the bootflash: directory, the usb1: device, or the usb2: device. For the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, use the copy licenses command from the default VDC to save your license file to one of four locations—the bootflash: directory, the slot0: device, the usb1: device, or the usb2: device. For all other platforms, use the copy licenses command to save your license file to one of two locations—the bootflash: directory or the volatile: directory.  
      Note   

      Only users with the network-admin role can copy licenses on Cisco NX-OS devices. For information on user accounts and roles, see the Security Configuration Guide for your platform.

       

      Installing the License Key File

      You can install the license to enable features on your device.


      Tip


      If you need to install multiple licenses in any device, be sure to provide unique filenames for each license key file.

      Note


      If you have a single supervisor module on your Cisco NX-OS device and you replace the supervisor module, you must reinstall the license key file.

      If you are currently running with a grace period license to avoid service disruptions when you install your permanent license, do not disable the grace period by using the no license grace-period command. Instead, just install your new license. The license manager will automatically transition from grace licensing to the installed license.


      Procedure
        Step 1   Log into the device through the console port of the active supervisor.
        Step 2   Perform the installation by using the install license command on the active supervisor module from the device console.
        switch# install license bootflash:license_file.lic
        Installing license ..done
        
        
        Note   

        If you provide a target name for the license key file, the file is installed with the specified name. Otherwise, the filename specified in the license key file is used to install the license.

        Step 3   (Optional)Back up the license key file.
        Step 4   Exit the device console and open a new terminal session to view all license files installed on the device using the show license command.
        Note   

        If the license meets all guidelines when the install license command is used, all features and modules continue functioning as configured.

        You can use the show license brief command to display a list of license files installed on the device.

        You can use the show license file command to display information about a specific license file installed on the device.


        Backing Up Licenses

        If the configuration or bootflash memory on your device becomes corrupted, you might need to reinstall your license. You can do a reinstallation from a backed up copy of the license key file. If you do not have a license key file, you can create a copy of the license key file from your installed license.


        Note


        If you have a single supervisor module on your Cisco NX-OS device and you replace the supervisor module, you must reinstall the license key file. You cannot reinstall the license key file from the backed-up copy.



        Caution


        If you erase any existing licenses installed on your device, you can reinstall them only by using the install license command using the license key file.



        Note


        Only users with the network-admin role can back up licenses on Cisco NX-OS devices. On the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, licenses must be backed up from the default VDC (VDC 1). For information on user accounts and roles, see the Security Configuration Guide for your platform.


        Backing Up the License Key File

        You can back up your license key file to a remote server or to an external device by using the copy command.

        This example shows how to save a license key file to a remote server:

        switch# copy bootflash:license_file.lic tftp://10.10.1.1//license_file.lic
        
        

        Some Cisco NX-OS platforms support external flash devices. This example shows how to save a license key file to an external Flash device:

        switch# copy bootflash:license_file.lic slot0:license_file.lic
        
        

        Backing Up an Installed License

        You can back up your license key file to a remote server or to an external device by using the copy command.

        This example saves all licenses installed on your device to a .tar file and copies it to a remote UNIX-based server:

        switch# copy licenses bootflash:Enterprise.tar
        Backing up license done 
        switch# copy bootflash:Enterprise.tar tftp://10.10.1.1//Enterprise.tar
        
        

        You can uncompress the .tar file on the remote UNIX-based server to create one or more backup license key files, depending on how many licenses you have installed. You can also extract the license files on your Cisco NX-OS device by using the tar extract command.

        This example shows how to extract license files from a .tar file:

        switch# tar extract bootflash:Enterprise.tar
        
        

        Enabling Licensed Features

        You might have to enable a licensed feature to configure it. To enable a licensed feature, use the feature feature-name command in global configuration mode. For example, you can enable the BGP feature as follows:

        switch# configure terminal
        switch(config)# feature bgp
        
        

        Identifying License Features in Use

        Use the show license usage [package-name] command to identify all of the active features.

        switch# show license usage
        Feature                      Ins  Lic   Status Expiry Date Comments
                                         Count
        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG   Yes   -   In use Never       -
        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        
        
        switch# show license usage LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG
        Application
        -----------
        bgp
        msdp
        ospf 
        -----------
        
        

        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.

        When you enable a Cisco NX-OS software feature, it can activate a license grace period. 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


        Only users with the network-admin role can uninstall licenses on Cisco NX-OS devices. For information on user accounts and roles, see the Security Configuration Guide for your platform.



        Note


        Permanent licenses cannot be uninstalled if they are currently being used. Features turned on by permanent licenses must 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 an evaluation license immediately triggers a grace period without service disruption.



        Caution


        You must disable the features that are related to the feature before uninstalling a license. The delete procedure fails if the license is in use.


        Procedure
          Step 1   Save your running configuration to a remote server by using the copy command.
          switch# copy running-config tftp://server/path/filename
          
          
          Step 2   Display a list of all installed license key files and identify the file to be uninstalled by using the show license brief command. In this example, the file to be uninstalled is the Enterprise.lic file.
          Step 3   Disable the features provided by the license to be uninstalled. Use the show license usage package-name command to view the enabled features for a specified package.
          Step 4   Uninstall the Enterprise.lic file by using the clear license filename command, where filename is the name of the installed license key file.
          switch# clear license Enterprise.lic
          Clearing license Enterprise.lic:
          SERVER this_host ANY
          VENDOR cisco
          
          
          Step 5   Continue uninstalling the license by entering y for yes.
           
          Do you want to continue? (y/n) y 
          Clearing license ..done
          
          

          The Enterprise.lic license key file is now uninstalled.


          Updating Licenses

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

          For the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, you can update the license only from the default VDC (VDC 1).


          Note


          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


          Only users with the network-admin role can update licenses on Cisco NX-OS devices. For information on user accounts and roles, see the Security Configuration Guide for your platform.


          Procedure
            Step 1   Obtain the updated license file.
            Step 2   Save your running configuration to a remote server by using the copy command.
            Step 3   Verify the name of the file to be updated by using the show license brief command.
            switch# show license brief
            Enterprise1.lic
            
            
            Step 4   Update the license file by using the update license {bootflash: | slot0: | usb0: | usb1:}new-license-filename old-license-filename command.
            switch# update license bootflash:Enterprise2.lic Enterprise1.lic
            
            
            Step 5   Continue with the license update by entering y (yes is the default).
            Do you want to continue? (y/n) y
            Updating license ..done
            switch#
            
            
            The Enterprise1.lic license key file is now updated.
            Step 6   (Optional) Enable licensed features, if necessary, by using the feature feature-name command in global configuration mode. For example, you can enable the BGP feature as follows:
            switch# configure terminal
            switch(config)# feature bgp
            switch#
            
            

            Configuring the Grace Period Feature

            The grace period feature allows you to use licensed features that do not have a license key. By default, the license period feature is disabled. While the grace period feature is disabled, users cannot accidentally enable licensed features.


            Note


            The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series and Cisco Nexus 3000 Series do not support the grace period feature.

            For the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, you can enable and disable the grace period only from the default VDC (VDC 1).


            Note


            Only users with the network-admin role can enable the grace period on Cisco NX-OS devices. For information on user accounts and roles, see the Security Configuration Guide for your platform.


            Grace Period Alerts

            The Cisco NX-OS software 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.

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


            Note


            To avoid service disruptions when you install the permanent license, do not disable the grace period by using the no license grace-period command. Instead, just install your new license. The license manager will automatically transition from grace licensing to the installed license.

            Once the license manager is using your installed license, the grace period alerts will cease.


            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 NX-OS license counter keeps track of all licenses on a device. 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.

            In addition to the grace period alerts, Cisco NX-OS will display a banner at login in the last 15 days of the grace period:

            NOTICE: NX-OS LICENSED FEATURES NEED ATTENTION
             
            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Feature                      Ins  Lic   Status Expiry Date Comments
                                             Count
            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
            LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG   No    -   In use             Grace 14D 6H
            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
            **** WARNING: License(s) about to expire. When license(s) expire,
            all licensed conditional features will be disabled ****
             

            During the last seven days of the grace period, the banner will include a prompt which you must dismiss before you can complete login:

            NOTICE: NX-OS LICENSED FEATURES NEED ATTENTION
             
            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Feature                      Ins  Lic   Status Expiry Date Comments
                                             Count
            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
            LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG   No    -   In use             Grace 3D 23H
            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
            **** WARNING: License(s) about to expire. When license(s) expire,
            all licensed conditional features will be disabled ****
             
            CISCO TAC must be contacted asap for required licenses to prevent imminent
            downtime/service disruption.
            Please press Enter to confirm you understand this risk and wish to continue: [ENTER]
             

            For example, if you enabled a licensed feature on January 30, you will receive grace period ending messages as follows:

            • Daily alerts from January 30 to May 21. Starting from May 15, Cisco NX-OS would display the banner at login.
            • Hourly alerts from May 22 to May 30. The login banner would require you to dismiss its prompt before you can complete login.

            On May 31, the grace period ends, and the licensed feature is automatically disabled. You will not be allowed to use the licensed feature 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 to Cisco NX-OS will enforce license requirements and the 120-day grace period.


            Use the show license usage command to display grace period information for a device.

            Enabling the License Grace Period

            Enable the grace period feature by using the license grace-period command:

            switch# configure terminal
            switch(config)# license grace-period
            
            

            Disabling the License Grace Period

            To disable the grace period, you must disable all features that use the license grace period. Otherwise, the Cisco NX-OS software rejects the request and issues an error message.


            Note


            To avoid service disruptions, you should not disable the grace period before you install a permanent license.


            Procedure
              Step 1   Display the licenses using the grace period by using the show license usage command.
              switch# show license usage
              Feature                      Ins  Lic   Status Expiry Date Comments
                                               Count
              --------------------------------------------------------------------------
              LAN_ADVANCED_SERVICES_PKG     Yes   -   In use Never       -
              LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG   No    -   In use             Grace 119D 22H
              --------------------------------------------------------------------------
              
              
              Step 2   Disable the features provided by the license using the grace period. Display the enabled features for a specified package by using the show license usage package-name command.
              Step 3   Disable the grace period.
              switch# configure terminal
              switch(config)# no license grace-period
              
              

              Associating a License with a Module

              You must associate a module-based license with a module to enable the licensed features on that module.

              Before You Begin

              • Ensure you have installed the correct license.
              • Ensure you are in the correct VDC.
              • Ensure you have met all required prerequisites for the feature. See the appropriate feature documentation for details.
              Procedure
                 Command or ActionPurpose
                Step 1 license fcoe module module-number


                Example:
                switch(config)# license fcoe module 2
                 

                Associates the module-based license with the module.

                 

                License Transfers Between Devices

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


                Note


                If you have a single supervisor module on your Cisco NX-OS device and you replace the supervisor module, you must reinstall the license key file.

                If you are evaluating a license when you replace the supervisor module, the grace period of the license is usually set to 120 days. On a dual supervisor system, the grace period of the license will be overwritten from the existing active supervisor module to the new standby supervisor module.



                Note


                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


                Verifying the License Configuration

                To display the license configuration information, perform one of the following tasks:

                Command

                Purpose

                show license [brief]

                Displays information for all installed license files.

                show license feature package mapping

                Displays information about features available in installed license packages.

                Note    The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series and the Cisco Nexus 3164Q switches do not support this command.

                show license file

                Displays information for a specific license file.

                show license host-id

                Displays the host ID for the physical device.

                show license usage [license-package]

                Displays the usage information for installed licenses.

                Additional References

                This section includes additional information related to licensing the Cisco NX-OS software.

                Table 10 Applicable MIBs

                MIBs

                MIBs Link

                • CISCO-LICENSE_MGR-MIB

                To locate and download MIBs, go to the following URL:

                ftp:/​/​ftp.cisco.com/​pub/​mibs/​supportlists/​

                Feature History for Licensing

                This table lists the release history for this feature.

                Table 11 Feature History for Licensing

                Feature Name

                Release

                Feature Information

                N3K-LAN1K9 license

                Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS Release 6.1(2)I2(2a)

                Added support for the Cisco Nexus 3164Q switch.

                N93-LAN1K9 license

                Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS Release 6.1(2)I2(1)

                Added the license for the Cisco Nexus 9300 Series switches.

                N95-LAN1K9 license

                Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS Release 6.1(2)I1(1)

                Added the license for the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switches.

                N77-LAN1K9 license

                N77-VDC1K9 license

                N77-EL21K9 license

                N77-SAN1K9 license

                Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Release 6.2(2)

                Added licenses for the Cisco Nexus 7718 switch and the Cisco Nexus 7710 switch.

                Layer 3 Base Services Package

                Cisco Nexus 3548 Switch NX-OS Release 5.0(3)A1(1)

                Added the Cisco Nexus 3548 Layer 3 Base License.

                Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

                Cisco Nexus 3548 Switch NX-OS Release 5.0(3)A1(1)

                Added the Cisco Nexus 3548 Layer 3 Enterprise License.

                Static NAT, Warp Mode, Warp SPAN

                Cisco Nexus 3548 Switch NX-OS Release 5.0(3)A1(1)

                Added the new 3500 Algo Boost License.

                N7K-C7004-XL license

                Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Release 6.1(2)

                Added the Cisco Nexus 7004 Scalable Feature License.

                VDC and FCoE F2 Series

                Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Release 6.1(1)

                Added licenses for VDCs and FCoE on F2 Series modules.

                Removed Cisco TrustSec from the Advanced Services Package.

                MPLS, LISP, and FCoE

                Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Release 5.2(1)

                Added licenses for the MPLS, LISP, and FCoE features.

                Grace period

                Cisco Nexus 7000 Series NX-OS Release 4.2(1)

                Automatic checkpoints are created for configured licensed features when the grace period expires.