Cisco Smart Licensing
Cisco Smart Licensing is a cloud-based, software license management solution that enables you to automate time-consuming, manual licensing tasks. The solution lets you to easily track the status of your license and software usage trends.
Purchasing—The software that you have installed in your network can automatically self-register, without Product Activation Keys (PAKs).
Management—You can automatically track activations against your license entitlements. Additionally, there is no need to install the license file on every node. You can create license pools (logical grouping of licenses) to reflect your organization structure. Smart Licensing offers you Cisco Smart Software Manager, a centralized portal that enables you to manage all your Cisco software licenses from one centralized website.
Reporting—Through the portal, Cisco Smart Licensing offers an integrated view of the licenses you have purchased, and what has been actually deployed in your network. You can use this data to make better purchase decisions, based on your consumption.
Cisco IOS XRv 9000 Router only support activation using Cisco Smart Licensing. Cisco Smart Licensing removes the requirement of having to install node locked licenses into Cisco IOS XRv 9000 Router instances. Instead, the Cisco IOS XRv 9000 Router communicates to the Cisco Licensing Cloud (directly, through a proxy, or through a Smart Licensing Satellite) to provide a report of which features and to what scale the system is being used.
Cisco Smart Licensing uses Cisco Smart Call Home feature to communicate with the Cisco Smart Software Manager. Smart Call Home is auto-configured for default Smart Licensing Setup. For more information about Cisco Smart Call Home and non-default configuration, refer Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Router System Management Configuration Guide, chapter Configuring Call Home on the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Router.
Cisco Smart Licensing uses the Cisco Smart Software Manager for managing licenses. To access the Cisco Smart Software Manager, click here.
For information on manually renewing smart license, and deregistering a device from Cisco Smart Licensing, see the section Managing Smart License .
For more information about Cisco Smart Software Manager, see the Cisco Smart Software Manager User Guide, which is accessible from the Cisco Smart Software Manager tool.