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Smart Software Manager

Simplified License Management

Easily manage your Smart Licenses with the cloud-based Cisco Smart Software Manager (CSSM). (7:01 min.)

Manage Smart Licenses Easily

Cisco has taken what was once a time-consuming, error-prone manual process, and turned it into a competitive advantage. Cisco Smart Software Licensing eliminates the cumbersome management of Product Activation Keys (PAKs) and license files through License Pooling. Licenses are no longer node-locked to devices. You can use a license on any compatible device owned by your company and move them around to meet the needs of your organization. 
With a focus on improving the customer experience, Cisco has also made the Return Material Authorization (RMA) process dramatically easier.


For the security-sensitive, who need to manage your licenses locally, there is an offline option of the Smart Software Manager. Smart Software Manager On-Prem can be installed on premises minus an internet connection and retains most of the features of the full product.

Smart Software Manager On-Prem

Understand your License Inventory

Smart Software Manager On-Prem can simplify and help secure your license management.

Secure Environments Require Secure Solutions

Cisco Smart Software Manager On-Prem (formerly known as Cisco Smart Software Manager satellite) is a component of Cisco Smart Licensing that works in conjunction with Cisco Smart Software Manager (SSM). It offers near real-time visibility and reporting of the Cisco licenses you purchase and consume while giving security-sensitive organizations, a way to access a subset of Cisco SSM functionality without using a direct Internet connection to manage their install base.

After downloading, deploying and registering to Cisco SSM, you can perform the following functions locally:

  • Activate or register a license
  • See your own company’s or your customer’s licenses
  • Transfer licenses between company entities

Note: On-Prem must synchronize with Cisco SSM periodically, to reflect your latest license entitlements.