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This document explains how to upgrade Cisco IOS software features through the Cisco Software Activation tool. The tool authorizes and enables the feature set on IE 2000 series switches. Based on the type of license, the tool allows you to enable certain features through the licensing upgrade or both the licensing and software upgrade.
- LAN Lite—Reduced Layer 2 functionality without the loss of critical security features such as SSH and SNMPv3.
- LAN Base—Full Layer 2 switching features including quality of service (QoS), port security, 1588v2 PTP, and static routing features.
- Enhanced LAN Base—Includes all LAN Base features plus Layer 2 Network Address Translation.
- IP Lite—Basic layer 3 functionality and IPv6 support.
For the Cisco IE 2000, upgrade from LAN Lite to LAN Base does not require new software releases. However, upgrade from LAN Base to Enhanced LAN Base for NAT (Network Address Translation) or upgrade from LAN Base or Enhanced LAN Base to IP Lite requires both software and license upgrades.
See the Frequently Asked Questions for how to upgrade the Cisco IOS image after installing the NAT license.
Table 1 lists the types of Cisco IOS software upgrade paths and the SKUs that have the upgrades available on them.
Evaluation (Eval) License is a built-in one-time license for customers to evaluate a specific feature package for a period of 60 days before purchasing the Permanent License. The usage is calculated based on the actual number of days the system is operational in this license mode.
A permanent license is valid for the lifetime of the system on which it is installed. Permanent IE 2000 licenses include LAN Lite, LAN Base, Enhanced LAN Base, and IP Lite levels. The permanent license overrides any temporary licenses.
A Product Activation Key (PAK) is an 11-digit alphanumeric key created by Cisco manufacturing that identifies a specific software purchase. It is a short alphanumeric string provided by Cisco as a proof of purchase when a software feature set is purchased. You can order PAKs independently for feature upgrades. PAKs do not have an expiration date and can be redeemed any time after purchase. An example of a PAK is 5791J2EA130.
To acquire the License file you need the PAK code and the unique device identifier (UDI) from the switch. The UDI is a combination of the PID and the serial number that is printed on a label located on the side or back panel of the switch and also viewable from the CLI (show license UDI) and management tools (using SNMP).
Once you have obtained the PAK and UDI from the switch, log in to the Cisco licensing portal, and enter the PAK number for either single or multiple PAKs. You will receive a zipped license file in your mail box.
Unzip the license file to *.lic, then copy or download the *lic file to switch flash or SD card. Install with IOS command line [license install flash:xxxxx.lic]. Once the installation is complete, reboot the switch to verify that the upgrade has taken effect. The output of [show version] or [show license] should provide sufficient license validation record.
Note The UDI string is permanently burned into hardware and cannot be changed through the field license upgrade. A PID that has -L (LAN Lite) such as IE-2000-8TC-L stays as -L but will have the LAN Base license level.
Step 7 Access the Product License Registration site to convert the PAK into the license file: https://tools.cisco.com/SWIFT/LicensingUI/Home. Enter the PAK in the Enter a Single PAK to fulfill field and click Fulfill Single PAK.You have received this e-mail because your e-mail address was provided to Cisco Systems during the registration process for your software license. Please read this e-mail carefully and forward it with any attachments to the proper system administrator if you are not the correct person in your organization that is working with these products.Switch# *Mar 2 05:38:21.362: %IOS_LICENSE_IMAGE_APPLICATION-6-LICENSE_LEVEL: Module name = ie2k Next reboot level = LAN Base and License = LAN Base*Mar 2 05:38:21.941: %LICENSE-6-INSTALL: Feature LAN Base 1.0 was installed in this device. UDI=IE-2000-8TC-G-L:FDO1611T03F; StoreIndex=1:Primary License Storage
A. Software activation authorizes and activates the Cisco IOS software feature set. A special file contained in the switch, called a license file, is examined by Cisco IOS software when the switch is powered on. Based on the license type, Cisco IOS software activates the appropriate feature set. You can change or upgrade license types to enable a different feature set.
A. To obtain your software license key, go to: https://tools.cisco.com/SWIFT/LicensingUI/Home.
A. A PAK and the UDI are required for key generation. The UDI is a combination of the PID and the serial number. The UDI is printed on a label that is located on the side or back of every switch and also viewable from the CLI (show license UDI) and management tools (using SNMP).
A. Replacement from Cisco will come with the same type of feature license. In most cases you do not need to be involved with the license transfer. In any case you can transfer the license from one device to another by visiting the license transfer portal.
A. The license is in the form of a file with a.lic extension. Installing this file on the switch activates the Cisco IOS software feature set you have purchased. The contents of the.lic file must not be altered in any way as this will render it useless. If you want to add your own notes to the license file (for example, PO numbers, user information, and so on), then you can do it using the device CLI. The license file can be installed using the Cisco IOS software CLI or the Cisco License Manager. Instructions for using the CLI are included in the e-mail along with the license key.
A. The license file is stored on a special area of the flash memory in the switch under invisible directory: lic0: lic1:. The license file is not directly viewable within the switch's file system, but the CLI [show license file] is available to view the stored license file.
A. The license file is stored in a special area of memory that is not directly accessible, so it is unlikely to become corrupt. In the event of corruption, the switch will continue to function with a warning message until you reload or reboot it. If possible, you must reinstall the license.
A. Yes, a PAK can be purchased that generates any specified number of licenses. The total number of licenses the PAK can generate is specified during the ordering process. Regardless of the number of upgrades purchased, you will only receive one PAK per switch type.
A. Cisco IE 2000 Series Switches ship with a single Cisco IOS software universal image that contains all of the Layer2 features. Software activation authorizes and enables the usage of the existing feature sets. A special file contained in the switch's flash memory, called a license file, is examined when the switch is powered on. Based on the license type, it enables the appropriate feature set. License types can be changed or upgraded to enable a different feature set through the purchase of a PAK. A particular license file only functions with the switch for which it was created, meaning license files cannot be copied to different switches.
- E-mail at email@example.com, with an explanation of what issues you are experiencing while installing the license.
- Online using the TAC Service Request Tool located at: http://cisco.com/tac/caseopen.
- Referring to the Cisco Worldwide Contact list at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html and calling the appropriate technical support phone number for your region to request installation support.
A. There are several ways to manage software licenses. The CLI provides the ability to install (license install), view (show license), and remove (license clear) software licenses. This functionality is also available through SNMP for integration with standards-based network management tools. For a larger number of switches, the Cisco License Manager discovers and manages the licenses for up to 10,000 switches. For more information about Cisco License Manager, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps7138/index.html.
A. Cisco IOS Release 15.0(2)EB supports NAT, which is implemented in FPGA. If you have already purchased the -E or -X IE2000 series, a license and IOS software upgrade to Enhanced LAN Base allows you to enable NAT. Instead of using the Cisco IOS bin file to upgrade the switch, an IOS tar file containing a newer FPGA is required to upgrade all the components using the following steps:
Step 3 Access the NAT IOS image tar file via tftpserver: and then execute the following IOS command from IOS prompt:
Switch#archive download-sw /force-reload tftp://ip_address/ie2000-universalk9-tar.150-2.EB.tarErasing Jeeves SPI flash at address 0x400000...................................................................Verifying Jeeves SPI Flash Erase at address 0x400000...................................................................
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