To access this release, you must procure a new license of Prime Cable Provisioning 5.x. License of older releases (2.x and 4.x) will not work with this release.
Prime Cable Provisioning software must be registered via Cisco.com in order to obtain a license file (*.lic). The license file will be sent to you by e-mail. For any licensing issues, please contact your Cisco account representative or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prime Cable Provisioning licenses are available either as a permanent or an evaluation license.
Permanent -A permanent license is purchased for use in your network environment and activates the specific features for which it is intended.
Evaluation -An evaluation license enables functionality for a specific length of time.
Prime Cable Provisioning evaluation licenses become invalid on a predetermined date. As such, evaluation licenses must be created when needed. To create your evaluation license, contact your Cisco representative, who will generate the necessary license file online and forward it to you via e-mail.
Prime Cable Provisioning enables you to install permanent and evaluation licenses at the same time. In addition, it also allows you to install more than one evaluation license. This enables you to increase your device limit when you are in short of licenses till you purchase a permanent license. While you can install more than one evaluation license, an expired license can be deleted and a new evaluation license (with a later expiry date), or a permanent license can be added. While deleting the expired license, ensure that the device limit of the new license at least equals the number of devices that is currently stored in the database.
Prime Cable Provisioning enables licensing using a Service License file. Each license translates to a DOCSIS IP device. The license file that you receive will contain the number of DOCSIS IP devices that are licensed.
Prior to Prime Cable Provisioning 5.x, every device type instance such as, DOCSIS, Computer, PacketCable, CableHome, etc. consumed a separate license. In addition, with dual-stack Computers, this approach created two IPDevice records, one each for IPv4 and IPv6, resulting in two licenses being consumed instead of one. In Prime Cable Provisioning, the licensing scheme counts only the DOCSIS IP devices irrespective of whether the device is a stand-alone CM or an embedded eCM, each DOCSIS IP device consumes one license. Apart from the DOCSIS IP device, all other device types consume no license. In other words, Prime Cable Provisioning consumes only one license:
if a subscriber has a CM to which a Computer and a PacketCable devices are connected.
if a subscriber has a CM to which a dual-stack Computer and a PacketCable devices are connected.
if a subscriber has an e-MTA or e-STB.
To know how the license mechanism for Prime Cable Provisioning 5.x is different from BAC 4.x, see the BAC 4.x and Prime Cable Provisioning 5.x Licensing Model document.
The Prime Cable Provisioning Admin UI shows the available and used licenses. You can also see the available and used licenses count through the API client.
You still require separate licenses for the following
Prime Cable Provisioning components:
Do not edit your license file. Changing the data in any way invalidates the license file.
The KDC, if you configure your network to support voice technology
While you must install the DPE license from the Admin UI, the KDC license continues to be proprietary as in previous releases, and is licensed during Prime Cable Provisioning installation.
The DPE license is either included in a single license file along with the Service License or it is a separate license file by itself. The DPE is licensed only when you install this license file from the Admin UI.
For detailed information on how to add and delete licenses, see the Cisco Prime Cable Provisioning User Guide.