Consolidated Platform Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS XE 3.3SE (Catalyst 3850 Switches)
Configuring Right-To-Use Licenses
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Configuring Right-To-Use Licenses

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Restrictions for Configuring RTU Licenses

The following are the restrictions for configuring and using RTU licenses.

  • AP count licenses can be ordered and pre-activated on your switch.
  • Imaged based licenses can be upgraded. AP count licenses can be deactivated and moved between switches and controllers.
  • To activate a permanent license, you must reboot your switch after configuring the new image level. The AP-count license does not require a reboot to activate.
  • An expired image based evaluation license can not be reactivated after reboot.
  • Stack members of a switch stack must run the same license level.
  • Your switch is pre-installed with the image that you ordered. If an image was not pre-ordered, then the switch is booted with a LAN base image by default.
  • Adder AP-count licenses are installed in the factory.

Information About Configuring RTU Licenses

Right-To-Use Licensing

Right-to-use (RTU) licensing allows you to order and activate a specific license type and level, and then to manage license usage on your switch. The types of licenses available to order are:

  • Permanent licenses—Purchased with a specific feature set with no expiration date.
  • Evaluation licenses—Pre-installed on the switch and is valid for only a 90 day in-use period.

To activate a permanent or evaluation license, you are required to accept the End-User License Agreement (EULA). For the evaluation license, you are notified to purchase a permanent license or deactivate the license before the 90 day period expires.

A permanent license can be moved from one device to another. To activate a license, you must reboot your switch.

An evaluation license is a manufacturing image on your switch and is not transferable to another switch. This type of license cannot be reactivated after reboot.

Right-To-Use Image Based Licenses

Right-to-use imaged licenses support a set of features based on a specific image-based license:

  • LAN Base—Layer 2 features.
  • IP Base—Layer 2 and Layer 3 features.
  • IP Services—Layer 2, Layer 3, and IPv6 features. (Applicable only to switches and not controllers.)

The default image based license is LAN Base.

Right-To-Use License States

After you configure a specific license type and level, you can manage your licenses by monitoring the license state.

Table 1  RTU License States
License State Description

Active, In Use

EULA was accepted and the license is in use after device reboot.

Active, Not In Use

EULA was accepted and the switch is ready to use when the license is enabled.

Not Activated

EULA was not accepted.

Guidelines to follow when monitoring your image based license state:

  • A purchased permanent license is set to Active, In Use state only after a switch reboot.
  • If more than one license was purchased, a reboot will activate the license with the highest feature set. For instance, the IP Services license is activated and not the LAN Base license.
  • Remaining licenses purchased after switch reboot, stay in Active, Not In Use state.

Note


For the AP count license, to change the state to Active, In Use, you must first make sure that the evaluation AP count license is deactivated.


License Activation for Switch Stacks

Right-to-use licensing is supported on switch stacks. A switch is a set of up to nine stacking-capable switches connected through theirStackWise-480 ports. You can connect only one switch type in a stack. One switch in the stack is identified as the active switch and the remaining switches are standby switches. The active switch is the switch that is activated with an RTU license and from its active console, the license level for the standby switches in the stack can be activated at the same time.

A new switch is allowed to join the switch stack if its license level matches. If there is a mismatch, then the active switch can reconfigure the license level and reboot it to allow it to join the stack.

Mobility Controller Mode

AP-count licenses are used only when the switch is in Mobility Controller mode. The MC is the gatekeeper for tracking the AP-count licenses and allows an access point to join or not.

Management of AP-count licenses is performed by the switch in mobility controller mode configurable through the CLI.

Related Tasks

Right-To-Use AP-Count Licensing

Right-to-use licensing (RTU) allows you to order and activate a specific license type, and then to manage license usage on your switch.

You can order your switch with support for a specific number of adder access point count licenses, but the total number of licenses ordered should not exceed 50. You can also order your adder access point count licenses after receiving the switch.

For example, if you have ordered 50 new adder licenses, you can add only those ordered adder licenses to the switch. The licenses can be added in increments of 1, but the total number of licenses added for the switch should not exceed 50 .

You can configure your switch to manage the access point count licenses and view the number of access points currently in use from the CLI.

The following are two different types of access point licenses:
  1. Permanent licenses for the access points
    • Adder access point count license—You can purchase the adder license to increase the switch capacity at a later time. You can transfer the adder access point count license from one switch to another.
  2. Evaluation licenses for the access points
    • You can activate these licenses to evaluate more access points before purchasing the licenses.
    • The maximum number of access points that can be evaluated is 50 .
    • The evaluation period for using the access point licenses is 90 days.
    • You can activate and deactivate the evaluation licenses from the CLI.

Right-to-Use AP-Count Evaluation Licenses

If you are considering upgrading to a license with a higher access point count, you can try an evaluation license before upgrading to a permanent version of the license. For example, if you are using a permanent license with a 10 access-point count and want to try an evaluation license with a 40-access-point count, you can try out the evaluation license for 90 days.

When an evaluation license is activated, the permanent AP-count licenses are ignored. The maximum supported licenses of 50 access points are available for 90 days.

To prevent disruptions in operation, the switch does not change licenses when an evaluation license expires. A warning expiry message is displayed daily starting five days prior to the expiry date. After 90 days, the evaluation license expires with a warning message. You must disable the evaluation license and then purchase the permanent license.

When the switch reboots after the evaluation license expiry, the license defaults to a permanent license.

Right-To-Use Adder AP-Count Rehosting Licenses

Revoking a license from one device and installing it on another is called rehosting. You might want to rehost a license to change the purpose of a device.

To rehost a license, you must deactivate the adder ap-count license from one device and activate the same license on another device.

Evaluation licenses cannot be rehosted.

How to Configure RTU Licenses

Activating an Imaged Based License

SUMMARY STEPS

    1.    license right-to-use activate{ipbase |ipservices | lanbase} {all | evaluation all } [slot slot-number] [ acceptEULA]

    2.    reload [ LINE | at | cancel | in | slot stack-member-number | standby-cpu ]

    3.    show license right-to-use usage [ slot slot-number ]


DETAILED STEPS
      Command or Action Purpose
    Step 1 license right-to-use activate{ipbase |ipservices | lanbase} {all | evaluation all } [slot slot-number] [ acceptEULA]


    Example:
    Switch# license right-to-use activate ipservices all acceptEULA
     

    Activates a type of image based license. Activation can happen on all switches and also include the EULA acceptance.

    Note   

    If you do not accept EULA, the modified configuration will not take effect after reload. The default license (or a license that was not deactivated) becomes active after reload.

     
    Step 2 reload [ LINE | at | cancel | in | slot stack-member-number | standby-cpu ]


    Example:
    Switch# reload slot 1
    Proceed with reload? [confirm] y
    
    
     

    Reloads a specific stack member to complete the activation process for the RTU adder AP-count license.

    Note   

    The reminder to accept a EULA is displayed after reload if it was not accepted earlier.

     
    Step 3 show license right-to-use usage [ slot slot-number ]


    Example:
    Switch# show license right-to-use usage
     
     Slot#  License Name     Type     usage-duration(y:m:d)  In-Use  EULA
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------
     1      ipservices     permanent    0 :10 :0              yes    yes
     1      ipbase         permanent    0 :0 :0                no    no
     1      ipbase         evaluation   0 :0 :0                no    no
     1      lanbase        permanent    0 :0 :7                no    yes
     1      apcount        evaluation   0 :0 :0                no    no
     1      apcount        base         0 :0 :0                no    no
     1      apcount        adder        0 :0 :0                no    no
      
    
    Switch#
    
    
     
    Displays detailed usage information. 

    Activating an AP-Count License

    SUMMARY STEPS

      1.    license right-to-use activate{apcount ap-number slot slot-num} | evaluation} [ acceptEULA]

      2.    show license right-to-use usage [ slot slot-number ]


    DETAILED STEPS
        Command or Action Purpose
      Step 1 license right-to-use activate{apcount ap-number slot slot-num} | evaluation} [ acceptEULA]


      Example:
      Switch# license right to use activate apcount 5 slot 1 acceptEULA
       

      Activates one or more adder AP-count licenses and immediately accepts the EULA.

       
      Step 2 show license right-to-use usage [ slot slot-number ]


      Example:
      Switch# show license right-to-use usage
       
       Slot#  License Name     Type     usage-duration(y:m:d)  In-Use  EULA
      -----------------------------------------------------------------------
        
      1       ipservices      permanent  0 :3 :29               yes    yes 
      1       ipservices      evaluation 0 :0 :0                no     no 
      1       ipbase          permanent  0 :0 :0                no     no 
      1       ipbase          evaluation 0 :0 :0                no     no 
      1       lanbase         permanent  0 :0 :0                no     no 
      1       apcount         evaluation 0 :3 :11               no     no 
      1       apcount         base       0 :0 :0                no     yes 
      1       apcount         adder      0 :0 :17               yes    yes
      
      
      Switch#
      
      
       

      Displays detailed usage information.

       

      Obtaining an Upgrade or Capacity Adder License

      You can use the capacity adder licenses to increase the number of access points supported by the switch.

      SUMMARY STEPS

        1.    license right-to-use {activate | deactivate} apcount {ap-number | evaluation } slot slot-num [ acceptEULA]


      DETAILED STEPS
          Command or Action Purpose
        Step 1 license right-to-use {activate | deactivate} apcount {ap-number | evaluation } slot slot-num [ acceptEULA]


        Example:
        Switch# license right to use activate apcount 5 slot 2 acceptEULA
         

        Activates one or more adder AP-count licenses and immediately accepts the EULA.

         

        Rehosting a License

        To rehost a license, you have to deactivate the license from one switch and then activate the same license on another switch.

        SUMMARY STEPS

          1.    license right-to-use deactivate apcount ap-number slot slot-num [ acceptEULA]

          2.    license right-to-use activate apcount ap-number slot slot-num [ acceptEULA]


        DETAILED STEPS
            Command or Action Purpose
          Step 1 license right-to-use deactivate apcount ap-number slot slot-num [ acceptEULA]


          Example:
          Switch# license right to use deactivate apcount 1 slot 1 acceptEULA
           

          Deactivates the license on one switch.

           
          Step 2 license right-to-use activate apcount ap-number slot slot-num [ acceptEULA]


          Example:
          Switch# license right to use activate apcount 2 slot 2 acceptEULA
           

          Activates the license on another switch.

           

          Changing Mobility Mode

          SUMMARY STEPS

            1.    wireless mobility controller

            2.    write memory

            3.    reload [ LINE | at | cancel | in | slot stack-member-number | standby-cpu ]

            4.    no wireless mobility controller

            5.    write memory

            6.    reload [ LINE | at | cancel | in | slot stack-member-number | standby-cpu ]


          DETAILED STEPS
              Command or Action Purpose
            Step 1 wireless mobility controller


            Example:
            Switch(config)# wireless mobility controller
            % 
            Mobility role changed to Mobility Controller.
            Please save config and reboot the whole stack.
            
            
             

            Changes a switch in Mobility Agent mode to Mobility Controller mode.

             
            Step 2 write memory


            Example:
            Switch# write memory
             
            Building configuration...
            Compressed configuration from 13870 bytes to 5390 bytes[OK]
            Switch#
            
            
             
             
            Step 3 reload [ LINE | at | cancel | in | slot stack-member-number | standby-cpu ]


            Example:
            Switch# reload slot 3
            Proceed with reload? [confirm] y
            
            
             
             
            Step 4 no wireless mobility controller


            Example:
            Switch(config)# no wireless mobility controller
            %
            Mobility role changed to Mobility Agent.
            Please save config and reboot the whole stack.
            Switch(config)# 
            
            
             

            Changes a switch in Mobility Controller mode to Mobility Agent mode.

             
            Step 5 write memory


            Example:
            Switch# write memory
             
            Building configuration...
            Compressed configuration from 13870 bytes to 5390 bytes[OK]
            Switch#
            
            
             
             
            Step 6 reload [ LINE | at | cancel | in | slot stack-member-number | standby-cpu ]


            Example:
            Switch# reload slot 3
            Proceed with reload? [confirm] y
            
            
             
             
            Related Concepts

            Monitoring and Maintaining RTU Licenses

            Command Purpose

            show license right-to-use default

            Displays the default license information.

            show license right-to-use detail

            Displays detailed information of all the licenses in the switch stack.

            show license right-to-use eula {adder | evaluation | permanent}

            Displays the end user license agreement.

            show license right-to-use mismatch

            Displays the license information that does not match.

            show license right-to-use slot slot-number

            Displays the license information for a specific slot in a switch stack.

            show license right-to-use summary

            Displays a summary of the license information on the entire switch stack.

            show license right-to-use usage [ slot slot-number ]

            Displays detailed information about usage for all licenses in the switch stack.

            show switch

            Displays detailed information of every member in a switch stack including the state of the license.

            Configuration Examples for RTU Licensing

            Examples: Activating RTU Image Based Licenses

            This example shows how to activate an IP Services image license and accept the EULA for a specific slot:

            Switch# license right-to-use activate ipservices slot 1 acceptEULA
            % switch-1:stack-mgr:Reboot the switch to invoke the highest activated License level
            
            

            This example shows how to activate a license for evaluation:

            Switch# license right-to-use activate ipservices evaluation acceptEULA
            % switch-1:stack-mgr:Reboot the switch to invoke the highest activated License level 
            
            

            Examples: Displaying RTU Licensing Information

            This example shows the consolidated RTU licensing information from the active switch on a switch stack. All of the members in the stack have the same license level. When the evaluation AP-count license is activated, the adder AP-count licenses are ignored. The maximum number of AP-count licenses are available when evaluation is enabled.

            Switch# show license right-to-use summary
            
             License Name    Type           Count   Period left
            -------------------------------------------------------
              ipservices     permanent        10      Lifetime
              apcount        evaluation       40        90
            
            -------------------------------------------------------
            
            License Level In Use: ipservices
            License Level on Reboot: ipbase
            Evaluation AP-Count: Enabled
            Total AP Count Licenses: 50
            AP Count Licenses In-use: 10
            AP Count Licenses Remaining: 40
            
            

            This example shows a summary of permanent and adder licenses. The evaluation AP-count license is disabled displaying the total number of activated adder AP-count licenses in the switch stack. AP-count licenses in-use mean that they are connected.

            Switch# show license right-to-use summary
            
              License Name    Type          Count      Period left
            -------------------------------------------------------------
              ipservices     permanent      N/A         Lifetime
              apcount        base           0           
              apcount        adder          40          Lifetime
            
            -------------------------------------------------------------
            
            License Level In Use: ipservices
            License Level on Reboot: ipservices eval
            Evaluation AP-Count: Disabled
            Total AP Count Licenses: 40
            AP Count Licenses In-use: 10
            AP Count Licenses Remaining: 30
            
            
            

            This example shows the RTU default licenses. Default licenses are pre-installed and cannot be removed or transferred. If no license is activated the switch uses the default license, after a reboot.

            Switch# show license right-to-use default
            
             Slot#    License Name    Type           Count
            ----------------------------------------------------
             1        ipservices      permanent     N/A
             1        apcount         base          0
             1        apcount         adder         10
            
             Slot#    License Name    Type           Count
            ----------------------------------------------------
             2        ipservices      permanent     N/A
             2        apcount         base          0
             2        apcount         adder         10
            
             Slot#    License Name    Type           Count
            ----------------------------------------------------
             3        ipservices      permanent     N/A
             3        apcount         base          0
             3        apcount         adder         10
            
            
            

            Example: Displaying RTU License Details

            This example shows all the detailed information for the RTU licenses on slot 1:

            Switch# show license right-to-use detail slot 1
            
            Index 1:  License Name: ipservices
                       Period left: Lifetime
                       License Type: permanent
                       License State: Active, In use
                       License Count: Non-Counted
                       License Location: Slot 1
            Index 2:  License Name: ipservices
                       Period left: 90
                       License Type: evaluation
                       License State: Not Activated
                       License Count: Non-Counted
                       License Location: Slot 1
            Index 3:  License Name: ipbase
                       Period left: Lifetime
                       License Type: permanent
                       License State: Active, Not In use
                       License Count: Non-Counted
                       License Location: Slot 1
            Index 4:  License Name: ipbase
                       Period left: 90
                       License Type: evaluation
                       License State: Not Activated
                       License Count: Non-Counted
                       License Location: Slot 1
                       License Location: Standby Switch 1
            Index 5:  License Name: lanbase
                       Period left: Lifetime
                       License Type: permanent
                       License State: Not Activated
                       License Count: Non-Counted
                       License Location: Slot 1
            Index 6:  License Name: apcount
                       Period left: 90
                       License Type: evaluation
                       License State: Active, In use
                       License Count: 50
                       License Location: Slot 1
            Index 7:  License Name: apcount
                       Period left: Lifetime
                       License Type: base
                       License State: Active, Not In use
                       License Count: 0
                       License Location: Slot 1
            Index 8:  License Name: apcount
                       Period left: Lifetime
                       License Type: adder
                       License State: Active, Not In use
                       License Count: 10
                       License Location: Slot 1
            
            

            Example: Displaying RTU License Mismatch

            This example shows the license information of the switches in a stack and a mismatch state of a member switch. The member must match the active.

            Switch# show switch
            
            Switch/Stack Mac Address : 6400.f125.0c80
                                                             H/W   Current
            Switch#   Role        Mac Address     Priority Version  State
            -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
             1       Standby     6400.f125.1b00     1      0        Ready
            *2       Active      6400.f125.0c80     1      V01      Ready
             3       Member      6400.f125.1780     1      0        Lic-Mismatch 
            
            

            Note


            To resolve the license mismatch, first check the RTU license summary:

            Switch# show switch right-to-use summary
            
            
            

            Then change the license level of the mismatched switched so that it is the same license level of the active switch. This example shows that the IP Base license was activated for the member switch to match the active switch.

            Switch# license right-to-use activate ipbase slot 1 acceptEULA
            
            

            Example: Displaying RTU Licensing Usage

            This example shows the detailed licensing usage on your switch stack. The IP Services license in Slot 1 is permanent and usage is one day. An AP-count license in Slot 2 is ready for evaluation. EULA was accepted and state shows in use, but after reboot the evaluation license will be deactivated.

             
            Switch# show license right-to-use usage
            
             Slot#  License Name     Type     usage-duration(y:m:d)  In-Use  EULA
            ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
             1      ipservices     permanent      0 :0 :1            yes     yes
             1      ipservices     evaluation     0 :0 :0            no      no
             1      ipbase         permanent      0 :0 :0            no      yes
             1      ipbase         evaluation     0 :0 :0            no      no
             1      lanbase        permanent      0 :0 :0            no      no
             1      apcount        evaluation     0 :0 :0            yes     yes
             1      apcount        base           0 :0 :0            no      yes
             1      apcount        adder          0 :0 :0            no      yes
            
             Slot#  License Name     Type     usage-duration(y:m:d)  In-Use  EULA
            ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
             2      ipservices     permanent       0 :0 :1           yes     no
             2      ipservices     evaluation      0 :0 :0           no      yes
             2      ipbase         permanent       0 :0 :0           no      yes
             2      ipbase         evaluation      0 :0 :0           no      no
             2      lanbase        permanent       0 :0 :0           no      no
             2      apcount        evaluation      0 :0 :0           yes     yes
             2      apcount        base            0 :0 :0           no      yes
             2      apcount        adder           0 :0 :0           no      no
            
             Slot#  License Name     Type     usage-duration(y:m:d)  In-Use  EULA
            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
             3      ipservices     permanent       0 :0 :1           yes     yes
             3      ipservices     evaluation      0 :0 :0           no      no
             3      ipbase         permanent       0 :0 :0           no      no
             3      ipbase         evaluation      0 :0 :0           no      no
             3      lanbase        permanent       0 :0 :0           no      no
             3      apcount        evaluation      0 :0 :0           yes     yes
             3      apcount        base            0 :0 :0           no      yes
             3      apcount        adder           0 :0 :0           no      no
            
            

            Additional References for RTU Licensing

            Related Documents

            Related Topic Document Title

            RTU commands

            System Management Command Reference (Catalyst 3850 Switches)

            RTU AP image preload feature

            System Management Configuration Guide (Cisco WLC 5700 Series)

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            Feature History and Information for RTU Licensing

            Release Feature Information
            Cisco IOS XE 3.2SE This feature was introduced.