Cisco ISE Licenses
Cisco ISE licensing offers two options to manage your licenses:
Smart Licensing—Monitor ISE software licenses and endpoint license consumption easily and efficiently with a single token registration. The licenses that you have purchased are maintained in a centralized database called the Cisco Smart Software Manager (CSSM). For more information about Smart Licensing, see Cisco ISE Smart Licensing.
Traditional Licensing—Purchase and import individual licenses based on your needs and manage the application features and access, such as the number of concurrent endpoints that can use Cisco ISE network resources. For more information about Traditional Licensing, see Manage Traditional License Files.
To maximize economy for customers, licensing in Cisco ISE is supplied in different packages as Base, Plus, Apex, and Device Administration for both Traditional and Smart Licensing options. For more information about the Traditional Cisco licensing model, see Cisco ISE Licensing Model.
Once you have installed or upgraded your ISE box, Traditional Licensing is in use by default, and all license components are activated for a 90-day trial period. Once you switch to Smart Licensing, and before you register your token, this evaluation period remains active for the Smart Licensing, and the evaluation period includes all ISE licenses as part of that evaluation period. During the evaluation period, consumption is not reported to the CSSM.
The trial period ends and you have not yet installed or registered your license.
Your license has expired.
If endpoint consumption exceeds your licensing agreement.