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Cisco Smart Software Licensing simplifies the licensing experience, making it easier to purchase, deploy, track, and renew Cisco Software. It provides visibility into license ownership and consumption through a single, simple user interface.
With Smart Software Manager, you can organize and view your licenses in groups called virtual accounts. Registering your devices in your virtual account allows you to manage your licenses for departments, areas, or locations within your organization. By using product instance registration tokens, you can easily register your devices with their unique device identifiers (UDIs).
Smart Software Licensing contains information about all of the licenses in your virtual account. It allows you to do the following:
There are three types of Licenses which are valid for a different period of time:
Guidelines to register FindIT Network Manager to your Smart Account:
The License page of the FindIT Network Manager allows you to see the number and type of licenses required for your network, and allows you to connect the Manager to the Cisco Smart Licensing system. On this page are two information panels:
This page also contains controls allowing you to register and manage licenses to the Manager from your Smart Account.
If the Manager is running in Evaluation Mode, or does not obtain sufficient licenses to manage the network, a message will be displayed in the header of the user interface of the FindIT Network Manager. If more than 10 devices are in use in Evaluation Mode, or the Manager cannot obtain sufficient licenses to operate, then you have 90 days to correct the situation. If the problem is not addressed within 90 days, some functionality of the Manager will be restricted until the problem is addressed, either by obtaining more licenses, or reducing the number of devices being managed.
Before registering a Smart Software License to the FindIT Network Manager, you need to generate a product instance registration token first. A product instance is an individual device with a unique device identifier (UDI) that is registered using a product instance registration token. You can register several instances of a product with a single registration token. Each product instance can have one or more licenses that reside in the same virtual account.
This article provides instructions on how to register the FindIT Network Manager to your Cisco Smart Account.
Step 1. Using your web browser, access the Cisco Software Central page then log in to your Smart Account.
Note: If you do not have an account yet, create a new one by clicking Register Now.
Step 2. In the Cisco Software Central page, choose License > Smart Software Licensing.
Note: Alternatively, you can click Smart Software Licensing under the License area.
Step 3. Click on Inventory.
Step 4. Click the Product Instance Registration Token that you want to use for the FindIT Network Manager.
Note: In this example, a token for FindIT 1.1 is chosen.
Step 5. Press Ctrl + C on your keyboard to copy the token.
Step 6. Log in to the Administration GUI of your FindIT Network Manager then choose Administration > License.
Step 7. In the Smart Software Licensing page, click Register.
Note: An unregistered FindIT Network Manager instance will display the Evaluation mode.
Step 8. In the Product Instance Registration Token field, press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the token then click Ok.
Step 9. (Optional) The Registering product for Smart Software Licensing notification message will appear. Press the x button to close the message.
The FindIT Network Manager will register with Cisco Smart Licensing and request sufficient licenses for the number of network devices being managed. If there are insufficient licenses available, a message will be displayed on the user interface, and you will have 90 days to obtain sufficient licenses before system functionality is restricted.
Step 10. (Optional) Click on the Registered link to display the Registration Status.
Step 11. (Optional) Click on the Authorized link to display the License Authorization Status.
You should now have successfully registered the FindIT Network Manager to your Cisco Smart Account.
To learn how to manage the licenses on your FindIT Network Manager, click here.
Step 1. In the License page, click the Smart Software Manage link. You will be directed to the Smart Software Manager page.
Step 2. In the Smart Software Licensing page of your Smart Account, click on Inventory > Product Instances.
Step 3. From the Product Instances table, verify if the host name of the device is listed. If the device is not listed, it means that the device has been completely deregistered.
Note: In this example, the FindITManager is listed to the registered devices in the Product Instances table.
You should now have successfully verified the registered product instance in your Cisco Smart Account.