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.
You should update your installed licenses (for Traditional licensing) or license agreements (for Smart licensing) if:
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.
ISE will notify you of license expiration or consumption problems 90, 60 and 30 days in advance. Once the system is no longer compliant, the administrator will no longer be able to edit or configure Plus and Apex features. You can view and track licensing details from the License Warning icon at the top of the screen.
When upgrading from one licensing package to another more complex package, Cisco ISE will continue to offer all features that were available in the earlier package prior to upgrade and you will not need to re-configure any settings that you had already configured.
For information on how to obtain evaluation licenses, see How to Get ISE Evaluation Licenses.