Cisco Data Center Network Manager Licensing

Overview

Cisco Data Center Network Manager (Cisco DCNM) is Cisco's Multi-Domain manager for NX-OS capable platforms that helps Provision, Monitor, Manage, and Maintain NX-OS based data center deployments. Cisco DCNM supports SAN fabrics, LAN fabrics, IP for media controller and traditional LAN deployments.

Each device being managed by Cisco DCNM needs a license key which provides a Right to Manage (RTM) for a given switch; that license key (or a pack of licenses) may be installed in the Cisco DCNM server (for LAN or SAN function) or on the switch (only for SAN function). Further, the Nexus Essentials or Nexus Advantage licenses for Cisco Nexus switches also provide that RTM for a given switch on which they are installed.

The Cisco DCNM server requires a perpetual license for each instance of the DCNM server (for example, DCNM-SVR-11-K9).

The licensing workflow is as follows:

  • DCNM server-based license keys supply a license ID that uniquely identifies the server hosting the DCNM application.

  • DCNM server-based license keys are created in such a way that they include this License ID.

  • DCNM receives back the license keys and apply them to the installation thereby unlocking the additional features packaged in the DCNM software.

  • DCNM switch-based licenses keys (SAN only) may alternatively supply a License ID that is the switch HostID.

  • The Nexus Essentials and Advantage Licenses supply an implicit RTM license that is tied to the switch's HostID.

Introduction

Cisco DCNM Licensed Devices

For DCNM server-based licenses, the DCNM keeps a pool of licenses that are assigned to the discovered switches. The DCNM licensed devices feature allows you to select which physical devices you can manage. You assign a license instance to one of the discovered switches.

For switch-based licenses (SAN, Nexus Essentials, or Nexus Advantage), the DCNM will indicate that the device is managed because DCNM recognizes that the device carries an RTM license.

You can add as many devices to licenses as your licenses support. For example, if you install two LAN Enterprise licenses that each support 5 devices of a given type of device, you can add a total of 10 devices to the list of licensed devices.

You can also remove devices from the list of licensed devices and replace them with other devices.

When you try to use a Cisco DCNM licensed feature to configure a device that you have not added to the list of licensed devices, the Cisco DCNM client does not allow you to use the feature to configure the unlicensed device.

Cisco DCNM Release 11.x is packaged with a time-based default evaluation license upon installation. An Advanced Feature Trial License exists on the server after the initial installation. On the Cisco DCNM Web Client, a license filename with text of "30DayTrialLicense" is added in Administration > DCNM Server > License page. After 30 days of trial, click Assign All or Unassign All to change all the license from evaluation license to permanent licenses on Cisco DCNM at Administration > DCNM Server > License > License Assignments.

The 30DayTrialLicense provides 500 SAN and 500 LAN advanced feature licenses without having to download or install a single file. This license will work for any licensable switch and expires after 30 days. If you are using server-based licenses, you must use the MAC address of the DCNM server to fetch an evaluation license or a permanent license from www.cisco.com. Switch-based permanent licenses for Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches need the serial number of the chassis instead.

The license costs for Cisco DCNM are determined by the switch platform type and by the number of units within each platform. The advanced feature licenses are available for the following switch platforms: Cisco Nexus 7000, Nexus 7700, Nexus 9200, Nexus 9300, Nexus 9500, Nexus 5000, Nexus 3000, MDS 9100, MDS 9200, MDS 9300, MDS 9500, and MDS 9700 Series switches. Each platform has an individual price that is based on whether it is a LAN versus SAN switch and modular versus a fixed chassis. The advanced features for Cisco Nexus 1000V series switches are part of the image at no cost. In addition, Cisco DCNM has a many features that are enabled for free as part of the image. The features are split between SAN and LAN platforms (hardware support and Cisco NX-OS features) and application-specific features such as VMware path analytics [vCenter integration], performance trending, event forwarding, and so on.

However, the biggest value of Cisco DCNM is its license structure. If you have purchased the Cisco DCNM server-based advanced feature license for any Cisco Nexus or Cisco MDS switches, that license stays valid for the lifetime of the platform at Cisco. For example, if you replace an older switch with a new generation switch of the same platform (that is, MDS 9506 with MDS 9513) the license can be reassigned. Cisco DCNM advanced licenses are also available as part of Cisco Nexus bundle, which are applicable only to DCNM server-based licenses.

Cisco DCNM also supports older Fabric Manager (FM) licenses (SAN only) that have been installed on the switch. These licenses provide high availability (HA) with up to ten management servers that manage a single fabric in parallel. However, Fabric Manager licenses are only valid for the lifetime of the switch inside the data center and expire when the switch is decommissioned from the data center. You can still order switch-based licenses as spares if you prefer the HA capability.

Services contract SKUs (CON-SAU) are required for Cisco TAC support for upgrades from one version of Cisco DCNM to another.

If you want to evaluate Cisco DCNM in your own environment, use the advanced licenses available for 30 days. You can extend the evaluation period by another 60 days if necessary. A demo license is limited to 20 units per platform. Go to www.cisco.com/go/licensing to obtain the demo or evaluation licenses.

Starting from Cisco DCNM Release 11, Cisco DCNM consists of two components: Converged LAN, SAN and Device Manager web client and SAN Java Client (DCNM for SAN).

Guidelines and Limitations for Administering DCNM Licensed Devices

Administering DCNM Licensed Devices has the following configuration guidelines and limitations:

  • You can add only managed devices to the list of licensed devices.

  • You can add to the list of licensed devices only as many devices as permitted by all of the advanced feature licenses that you have installed or that are recognized in the switch.

  • When you remove a device from the list of licensed devices, the device becomes unmanaged.


    Note

    A device will not be deleted from inventory based on a license action.


    If the physical device supports virtual device context (VDCs), all the VDCs on the device are removed from Cisco DCNM. To continue managing the device, you must discover the device.

License Tokens and Examples

Cisco DCNM Licensing can be server-based green token or switch-based blue token. Tokens are also called as product identifiers (PIDs).

  • Server-based token: Tokens are generic for a given product family. For example, DCNM-LAN-N5K-K9= is a server-based token for Nexus 5000 Series Switches. The server will manage any device it finds for that series of switches. All licenses are tied to the MAC address of the server.

  • Switch-based token: Tokens are specific to the managed switch. For example, DCNM-SAN-M92X-K9= is a switch-based token for Cisco MDS 9200 Switches. The token is tied to the host ID of the switch, for example, JAE1842025J. “X” in the token indicates a switch-based license token. This type of token is only used for storage functionality and not for LAN functionality.

You can get a license in the following two ways:

  • Purchase with switch

    • Get the software bundle as part of the switch, like N77-C7710-SBUN-P1.

    • Get the Cisco DCNM license as part of the switch, like DCNM-LAN-N9K-K9.

  • A La Carte or spare License

    • Purchase an A La Carte Software Bundle.

    • Purchase a Server-based license. For example: L-DCNM-N5K-K9=

    • Purchase a Switch-based license. For example: L-DCNM-S-M97XK9=

Following table displays the various license examples:

Table 1. License Examples

PID/License

Class

Description

Type

DCNM-SVR-11-K9

DCNM

Server PID for 0$ SKU Purchase

Not a License

DCNM-SVR-11-K9=

DCNM

Server PID for 0$ SKU Purchase

Not a License

DCNM-LAN-N5K-K9

N5000

DCNM LAN Adv Features for Nexus 5000

Server-Based

DCNM-LS-N5K-K9=

N5000

DCNM LAN+SAN Adv Features for Nexus 5000

Server-Based

L-DCNM-LS-N5K-K9=

N5000

DCNM LAN+SAN Adv Features for Nexus 5000 eDelivery

Server-Based

L-DCNM-S-N5KXK9=

N5000

DCNM SAN Adv Features for Nexus 5000 Switch-Based eDelivery

Switch-Based

L-DCNM-S-N7K-K9=

N7000

DCNM SAN Adv Features License for Nexus 7000 eDelivery

Server-Based

N77-SBUN-P2=

N7000

Includes LAN, VDC, EL2, TRS & DCNM LAN Licenses - Promotion includes DCNM-L-N77-K9-SBUN Server-License

Server-Based

DCNM-LAN-N77-K9

N7000

DCNM LAN Adv Features License for Nexus 7700 Server-Based

Server-Based

DCNM-LAN-N95-K9

N9500

DCNM LAN Adv Features License for Nexus 9500 Server-Based

Server-Based

L-DCNM-S-M93-K9=

MDS9000

DCNM SAN Adv Features for MDS 9300 Server-Based eDelivery

Server-Based eDelivery

DCNM-S-M97XK9

MDS9000

DCNM SAN Adv Features for MDS 9700 Switch-Based

Switch-Based

DCNM-S-M97XK9=

MDS9000

DCNM SAN Adv Features for MDS 9700 Switch-Based

Switch-Based

The following table lists the NIR/NIA licenses. They support the Smart License feature.

Table 2. NIR/NIA Licenses

PID/License

Description

NIA-FXD-3Y

Network Insights Resource Analysis. Fixed, 3Y

NIA-FXD-5Y

Network Insights Resource Analysis. Fixed, 5Y

NIA-M4-3Y

Network Insights Advisor. Fixed, 3Y

NIA-M4-5Y

Network Insights Advisor. Fixed, 5Y

NIA-M8-16-3Y

Network Insights Resource Analysis. Mod-4-Slot, 3Y

NIA-M8-16-5Y

Network Insights Resource Analysis. Mod-4-Slot, 5Y

NIR-FXD-3Y

Network Insights Advisor. Mod-4-Slot, 3Y

NIR-FXD-5Y

Network Insights Advisor. Mod-4-Slot, 5Y

NIR-M4-3Y

Network Insights Resource Analysis. Mod-8-16-Slot, 3Y

NIR-M4-5Y

Network Insights Resource Analysis. Mod-8-16-Slot, 5Y

NIR-M8-16-3Y

Network Insights Advisor. Mod-8-16-Slot, 3Y

NIR-M8-16-5Y

Network Insights Advisor. Mod-8-16-Slot, 5Y

See Cisco Data Center Network Manager 11 Data Sheet for more information.

Licensing Terminology

The following terms are used in the Licensing Guide:

  • Advanced license: License that unlocks advanced features of Cisco DCNM.

  • Chassis serial number: The switch serial number that is used to claim a fabric manager license by providing a valid Product Authorization Key (PAK). This serial number is the same as the Host ID of the switch.

  • Evaluation license: License that is time-bound and valid for 30 days for every 20 units of the specified platform.

  • Host IDs: MAC address of the Cisco DCNM server used to claim a license by providing a valid PAK or the Host ID of the switch for a switch-based license.

  • License enforcement: Mechanism that prevents a feature from being used without first obtaining a license.

  • License key file: Switch-specific unique file that specifies the licensed features. Each file contains digital signatures to prevent tampering and modification. License keys are required to use a licensed feature. License keys are enforced within a specified time span. You can download license keys directly from the Cisco website and send it as an email attachment.

  • Licensed application: A software feature that requires a license to be used.

  • Licensed feature: Permission to use a particular feature through a license file, a hardware object, or a legal contract. This permission is limited to the number of users, number of instances, time span, and the implemented switch.

  • Node-locked license: License that can only be used on a particular switch that uses the unique host ID of the switch.

  • Permanent license: License that is not time-bound.

  • Product Authorization Key (PAK): The feature that allows you to obtain a license key from one of the sites that are listed in the proof of purchase document. After registering at the specified website, you will receive your license key file and installation instructions through an email.

  • Product identifier (PID): The product ID that provides information about the product like the name, product number, and so on.

  • Proof of purchase: A document that entitles its rightful owner to use licensed features on a Cisco MDS switch as described in that document. This document is also known as the claim certificate.

  • Server-based license: Cisco DCNM license that is tied down to the host ID of the management or database server. It is located on the management server or the license pool.

  • Switch-embedded license: Fabric manager license that is installed on the switch supervisor enabling FM_package associated with a switch serial number.

  • Support: If you purchase Cisco support through a Cisco reseller, contact the reseller directly. If you purchase support directly from Cisco, contact Cisco Technical Support at this URL: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html

  • Unlicensed features: Features that come at no cost as part of the product install. These features are unlocked.


Note

The Cisco DCNM installer supports only US English. Installing a license for any locale other than US English results in an error.


License Generation, Installation, and Assignment

License Placement and Generation

Procedure


Step 1

From Cisco DCNM home page, choose Administration > DCNM Server > License function to load license files and assign the license tokens to your switches as discussed earlier.

Step 2

If you do not already have a license file for DCNM, generate the DEMO license for DCNM from the Cisco Product License Registration article. You must have the MAC address of the DCNM server for license generation. In order to obtain the MAC address information, enter the ipconfig /all command from the Windows command prompt window, or the su -c /sbin/ifconfig command for Linux.


Installing Cisco DCNM Licenses


Note

You must have network administrator privileges to complete the following procedure. Acquire the required licensing file.


Complete these steps in order to install and assign the DCNM license:

Procedure


Step 1

Navigate to Administration > DCNM Server > License of the Cisco DCNM Web Client.

Step 2

Choose the Server License Files tab.

The valid Cisco DCNM-LAN and DCNM-SAN devices that are licensed are displayed.

Note 

Ensure the security agent is disabled when you load licenses.

Step 3

From Cisco DCNM home page, choose Administration > DCNM Server > License to load the license file. Click Add License File to Server.

Note 

Ensure that you do not edit the contents of the .lic file or the Cisco Data Center Network Manager software, and ignore any features that are associated with that license file. The contents of the file are signed and must remain intact. When you accidentally copy, rename, or insert the license file multiple times, the duplicate files are ignored, but the original will be counted.


Viewing Licenses Using the Cisco DCNM Web Client

You can view the existing Cisco DCNM licenses using the Cisco Web Client. Navigate to Administration > DCNM Server > License of the Cisco DCNM Web Client.

Table 3. Cisco DCNM Server License Files

Field

Description

File Name

Name of the license file.

Feature

Describes the feature name specified in the license file. The following values are supported:

  • DCNM-LAN

  • DCNM-SAN

  • DCNM-SAN-LAN

PID

Describes the product ID found in the vendor string of the license file. For example, DCNM-N7K-K0 is an advanced feature license for Cisco Nexus 7000 series switches.

SAN (Free/Total)

Lists the number of SAN licenses used and that are available.

LAN (Free/Total)

Lists the number of LAN licenses used and that are available.

Eval Expiration

Displays the expiry date of the license.

Note 
Text in the evaluation expiration field will be in Red for licenses that expires in seven days.

Managing Cisco DCNM Licenses

Adding Cisco Licenses

You must have network administrator privileges to complete the following procedure.

Procedure


Step 1

Navigate to Administration > DCNM Server > License of the Cisco DCNM Web Client.

Step 2

Click on the Server License File tab.

Step 3

Click Add License File.

Browse to the directory where you have stored the license file and add the license file. Once the licenses are added, assign the licenses to existing switches. For switches that are yet to be discovered, licenses are automatically assigned.


Assigning Cisco Licenses

You must have network administrator privileges to complete the following procedure.

Procedure


Step 1

Navigate to Administration > DCNM Server > License of the Cisco DCNM Web Client.

Step 2

From the table, select the switch that you want to assign the license to.

Step 3

Click Assign License.


Unassigning Licenses to a Switch

You must have network administrator privileges to complete the following procedure.

Procedure


Step 1

Navigate to Administration > DCNM Server > License of the Cisco DCNM Web Client.

Step 2

From the table, select the switch that you want to unassign the license.

Step 3

Click Unassign License.


Cisco DCNM Features Licensing

Cisco DCNM-LAN Features

This section includes free and licensed DCNM-LAN features. The features for which no license is required are also listed out.

LAN Feature Licenses

The following table displays the Cisco DCNM-LAN features that are free and licensed.

Table 4. LAN Fabric Features

Feature

DCNM Unlicensed Mode

DCNM with Advanced Feature Licenses

Dashboard

Yes

Yes

Performance Monitoring

Yes

Health Score

Yes

Topology

Yes

Yes

Topology-Health

Yes

Port Capacity

Yes

Discovery and Inventory

Yes

Yes

Alarms

Yes

Yes

Reports

Yes

Yes

Image Upgrade (ISSU)

Yes

Yes

Fabric Builder

Yes

VMM Discovery

Yes

Yes

Table 5. Classic LAN Features

Feature

DCNM Unlicensed Mode

DCNM with Advanced Feature Licenses

Dashboard

Yes

Yes

Performance Monitoring

Yes

Health Score

Yes

Topology

Yes

Yes

Topology-Health

Yes

Port Capacity

Yes

Discovery and Inventory

Yes

Yes

Alarms

Yes

Yes

Reports

Yes

Yes

Image Upgrade

ISSU

RPM

SMU

Yes

Templates

Yes

Yes

vPC

Yes

VMM Discovery

Yes

Yes

Configure, Backup, and Restore

Yes

Cisco DCNM-SAN Features

This section includes free and licensed DCNM-SAN features, and the SAN Client features that work with licensed fabric. The features for which no license is required are also listed out.

SAN Feature Licenses

The following table displays the Cisco DCNM-SAN features that are free and licensed.


Note

Cisco DCNM requires licenses only for MDS 9100, MDS 9200, MDS 9300, MDS 9500, MDS 9700 Series switches, Cisco Nexus 7000, 7700, 9200, 9300, 9500, 5000, and 3000 series switches and do not require licenses for Cisco Nexus 1000v series switches.


Table 6. Cisco DCNM-SAN Features

Feature

DCNM Unlicensed Mode

DCNM with Advanced Feature licenses installed

FC/FCoE/FICON/iSCSI Topology View

Yes

Yes

Fabric, Device, and Summary Views

Yes

Yes

Port, Switch, and fabric-level configuration

Yes

Yes

Event and security management

Yes

Yes

Configuration analysis tools

Yes

Yes

Network diagnostic and troubleshooting tools

Yes

Yes

Real-time performance monitoring

Yes

Yes

One command multi-switch CLI access

Yes

Yes

Device Manager

Yes

Yes

Template based provisioning

Yes

Yes

Gold Diagnostics

Yes

Yes

Heterogeneous storage array discovery

Yes

Scale-out federation architecture

Yes

SAN Host Path Redundancy Analysis

Yes

Automatic fabric failover

Yes

VMware vCenter Plug-in

Yes

Multiple fabric management

Yes

Centralized management server with discovery

Yes

Continuous health and event monitoring

Yes

Historical performance monitoring and reporting

Yes

Event forwarding

Yes

DCNM proxy services

Yes

Configuration backup, archive, and compare

Yes

Roaming user profiles

Yes

VMpath analytics

Yes

Domain Dashboards

Yes

Capacity Manager

Yes

Event Snooze

Yes

Reporting

Yes

Advanced SAN Feature Licenses

The following table displays the Cisco DCNM-SAN advanced features that are free and licensed.

Table 7. Cisco DCNM-SAN Advanced Features

Feature

Only works with licensed fabric (at least one switch licensed on the fabric)

Licensed Switch (applies to each switch individually)

Every Fabric Licensed (at least one switch in every fabric)

Vmpath Analytics (VMware discovery)

Yes

Storage Array discovery via SMI-S

Yes

SMI-S APIs -Northbound

Yes

Performance Monitoring (dashboards, views and reports)

Yes

Backup Configuration

Yes

Event Forwarding

Yes

Port Capacity Manager

Yes

Automatic Fabric Failover (requires federation)

Yes

SAN Host Path Redundancy

Yes

Health Score

SME

Yes

Slowdrain Analysis

Yes

Cisco DCNM-SAN Client with Licensed Fabric

The following table displays the Cisco DCNM-SAN Client features that work with licensed fabric with a minimum of one licensed switch on the fabric.

Table 8. Cisco DCNM-SAN Client Features

Feature

Licensed Fabric

Unlicensed Fabric

Multiple client open sessions

Y

N

Multiple fabric open

Y

N

Remote client session

Y

N

Show Path

Y

N

Single fabric opened locally to DCNM server, as only client session

Y

Y

IOA

Y

N

Wizards

Y

Y

Base Unlicensed Feature

The following are the features for which no license is required.

  • SAN and LAN discovery.

  • Event Registration (traps/syslogs/accounting/threshold).

  • Event Registration (traps/syslogs/accounting/threshold).

  • Web Services (SOAP XML API).

  • Federation (upto 10 DCNM servers).

  • EMC Callhome.

Restrictions on Opening an Unlicensed Fabric

The following are a few restrictions with respect to opening an unlicensed fabric. Opening a fabric from remote SAN client requires Cisco DCNM Advanced License.

  • If you are using a remote Cisco DCNM SAN client, you will not be able to open any unlicensed fabric. The fabric needs to be licensed, and therefore the Cisco DCNM Essential license will not work.

  • If you are trying to open an unlicensed fabric from SAN client running on the Cisco DCNM server, you will be able to open only one unlicensed fabric at a time.

  • If one instance is opened from a local SAN client, you can not open another instance of an unlicensed fabric.

Smart Licensing

Smart License

From Cisco DCNM Release 11.1(1), you can use the smart licensing feature to manage licenses at device-level and renew them if required. From Cisco DCNM Web UI, choose Administration > DCNM Server > License > Smart License. You will see a brief introduction on Cisco smart licensing, a menu bar, and the Switch Licenses area.

In the introduction, click Click Here to view the information on smart software licensing.

The menu bar has the following icons:

  • Registration Status: Displays details of the current registration in a pop-up window when clicked. The value is UNCONFIGURED if the smart licensing is not enabled. After you enable the smart licensing without registering, the value is set to DEREGISTERED. The value is set to REGISTERED after you register. Click the registration status to view the last action, account details, and other registration details in the Registration Details pop-up window.

  • License Status: Specifies the status of the license. The value is UNCONFIGURED if the smart licensing is not enabled. After you enable the smart licensing without registering, the value is set to NO LICENSES IN USE. The value is set to AUTHORIZED or OUT-OF-COMPLIANCE after registering and assigning licenses. Click the license status to view the last action, last authorization attempt, next authorization attempt, and the authorization expiry in the License Authorization Details pop-up window.

  • Control: Allows you to enable or disable smart licensing, register tokens, and renew the authorization.

The following table describes the fields that appear in the Switch Licenses section.

Field

Description

Name

Specifies the license name.

Count

Specifies the number of licenses used.

Status

Specifies the status of the licenses used. Valid values are Authorized and Out of Compliance.

Description

Specifies the type and details of the license.

Last Updated

Specifies the timestamp when switch licenses were last updated.

Print

Allows you to print the details of switch licenses.

Export

Allows you to export the license details.

After you remove a product license from your account in Cisco Smart Software Manager, disable the smart licensing and register it again.

Switches Supporting Smart License

The following switches support Smart License feature from Cisco DCNM, Release 11.1(1).

PID/License

Class

Description

DCNM-SAN-M91-K9

MDS 9100

DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9100

DCNM-SAN-M92-K9

MDS 9200

DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9200

DCNM-SAN-M93-K9

MDS 9300

DCNM SAN Adv. Feat. for MDS 9300

DCNM-SAN-M95-K9

MDS 9500

DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9500

DCNM-SAN-M97-K9

MDS 9700

DCNM for SAN License for MDS 9700

DCNM-SAN-N5K-K9

Nexus 5000

DCNM for SAN License for Nexus 5000

DCNM-SAN-N92-K9

Nexus 9200

DCNM SAN Adv Features for Nexus 9200

DCNM-SAN-N93-K9

Nexus 9300

DCNM SAN Adv Features for Nexus 9300

DCNM-SAN-N95-K9

Nexus 9500

DCNM SAN Adv Features for Nexus 9500

DCNM-LAN-N3K-K9

Nexus 3000

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edt. for Nexus 3000

DCNM-LAN-N5K-K9

Nexus 5000

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edt. for Nexus 5000

DCNM-N7K-K9

Nexus 7000

DCNM for LAN Enterprise License for one Nexus 7000 Chassis

DCNM-LS-N77-K9

Nexus 7700

DCNM for SAN and LAN Advanced Edt. for Nexus 7700 chassis

DCNM-LAN-N92-K9

Nexus 9200

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edt. for Nexus 9200 switches

DCNM-LAN-N93-K9

Nexus 9300

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edt. for Nexus 9300 switches

DCNM-LAN-N95-K9

Nexus 9500

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edt. for Nexus 9500 switches

DCNM-LAN-N77-K9

Nexus 7700

DCNM for LAN Advanced Edt. for Nexus 7700 Chassis

Enabling Smart Licensing

To enable smart licensing from Cisco DCNM Web UI, perform the following steps:

Procedure


Step 1

Choose Administration > DCNM Server > License > Smart License.

Step 2

Click Control and choose Enable in the drop-down list to enable the smart licensing.

A confirmation window appears.

Step 3

Click Yes.

Instructions to register the DCNM instance appear.

The registration status changes from UNCONFIGURED to DEREGISTERED, and the license status changes from UNCONFIGURED to No Licenses in Use.


Registering a Cisco DCNM Instance

Before you begin

Create a token in Cisco Smart Software Manager.

Procedure


Step 1

Choose Administration > DCNM Server > License > Smart License.

Step 2

Click Control and choose Register in the drop-down list.

The Register window appears.

Step 3

Select the transport option to register the smart licensing agent.

The options are:

  • Default - DCNM communicates directly with Cisco’s licensing servers

    This option uses the following URL: https://tools.cisco.com/its/service/oddce/services/DDCEService

  • Transport Gateway - Proxy via Gateway or Satellite

    Enter the URL if you select this option.

  • Proxy - Proxy via intermediate HTTP or HTTPS proxy

    Enter the URL and the port if you select this option.

Step 4

Enter the registration token in the Token field.

Step 5

Click Submit to register the license.

The registration status changes from DEREGISTERED to REGISTERED. The name, count, and status of switch licenses appear.

Click Registration Status: REGISTERED to see the details of the registered token.

The switch details are updated under the Switches/VDCs section of the License Assignments tab. The license type and the license state of switches that are licensed using the smart license option are Smart.


Renew Authorization

You can manually renew the authorization only if you have registered. Automatic reauthorization happens periodically. Click License Status to view details about the next automatic reauthorization. To renew authorization from Cisco DCNM Web UI, perform the following steps:

Procedure


Step 1

Choose Administration > DCNM Server > License > Smart License.

Step 2

Click Control and choose Renew Authorization in the drop-down list to renew any licensing authorizations.

A request is sent to Cisco Smart Software Manager to fetch updates, if any. The Smart Licenses window is refreshed after the update.


Disabling Smart Licensing

To disable smart licensing from Cisco DCNM Web UI, perform the following steps:

Procedure


Step 1

Select Control and select Disable to disable smart licensing.

A confirmation window appears.

Step 2

Click Yes.

The license status of the switches using this token, under the License Assignments tab, changes to Unlicensed. This token is removed from the list under the Product Instances tab in the Cisco Smart Software Manager.

If a smart license is not available and you disable smart licensing, release the license manually from the License Assignments tab.