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TitleLicensing on VDX
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Sub-Topics covered:

1. Checking Available License
2. Adding a License
3. Checking a DPOD license
4. Temporary License vs Permanent License
Environment
  • VDX
  • NOS
Answer
1. Checking for Available Licenses

To check what license is available, issue the "show license all" command

Here are the probable outputs
sw0# show license all
The cluster has 2 switches

rbridge-id: 1
10G Port Upgrade license
Feature name:PORT_10G_UPGRADE
License is valid - Permanent License
Capacity: 8

rbridge-id: 2
10G Port Upgrade license
License expires in 176 days -Temporary License
Feature name:PORT_10G_UPGRADE
License is valid
Capacity: 8

2. Adding a License

If you would like to add a license, issue the following command
switch# license add licstr "*B abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzmXODdSwENoRGEnAmX3Ca3uHeZgXK0b, jzxyzfzKLrMsPN8ClSxvDQRRT8VyuULyyKTO0ryU6qm4s1jjiSAeV,COoedzCx1v6ycQgnYMeSVp#"
once license is added, we get the following message
License Added [*B abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzmXODdSwENoRGEnAmX3Ca3uHeZgXK0b, jzxyzfzKLrMsPN8ClSxvDQRRT8VyuULyyKTO0ryU6qm4s1jjiSAeV,COoedzCx1v6ycQgnYMeSVp# ]

Note: Please note the space between *B and the first letter , this space is mandatory and not to be missed

Adding license does not require reboot of the switch

3. Checking a DPOD license

If this is a DPOD, then issue the following command to check what are the interfaces assigned to a particular license
sw0# sh dpod
rbridge-id: 2
48 10G ports are available in this switch
4 40G ports are available in this switch
10G Port Upgrade license is installed
No 40G Port Upgrade license is installed
Dynamic POD method is in use

32 10G port assignments are provisioned for use in this switch:
24 10G port assignments are provisioned by the base switch license - Base License
8 10G port assignments are provisioned by the 10G Port Upgrade license - DPOD
32 10G ports are assigned to installed licenses:
24 10G ports are assigned to the base switch license
8 10G ports are assigned to the 10G Port Upgrade license
10G ports assigned to the base switch license:- please note that the reservations are not in any particular order
2/0/1, 2/0/2, 2/0/3, 2/0/4, 2/0/5, 2/0/6, 2/0/7, 2/0/9, 2/0/10, 2/0/11
2/0/12, 2/0/13, 2/0/14, 2/0/15, 2/0/16, 2/0/17, 2/0/18, 2/0/21, 2/0/23, 2/0/24
2/0/29, 2/0/30, 2/0/31, 2/0/32
10G ports assigned to the 10G Port Upgrade license: - please note that the reservations are not in any particular order
2/0/28, 2/0/33, 2/0/34, 2/0/35, 2/0/37, 2/0/38, 2/0/42, 2/0/47
10G ports not assigned to a license:
2/0/8, 2/0/19, 2/0/20, 2/0/22, 2/0/25, 2/0/26, 2/0/27, 2/0/36, 2/0/39, 2/0/40
2/0/41, 2/0/43, 2/0/44, 2/0/45, 2/0/46, 2/0/48
0 license reservations are still available for use by unassigned ports

Usually, in most cases if all the available ports are 10G ports, then the license reservation will happen in the order in which the ports are brought up. However if you would like to make sure the ports are reserved to the license in any particular order , we will need to reserve the ports to the license manually.
Consider the following example
Switch# Show dpod
10G ports assigned to the base switch license:
1/0/1, 1/0/2, 1/0/3
10G ports assigned to the 10G Port Upgrade license:
None
10G ports not assigned to a license:
1/0/4, 1/0/5, 1/0/6, 1/0/7, 1/0/8, 1/0/9, 1/0/10, 1/0/11, 1/0/12, 1/0/13
1/0/14, 1/0/15, 1/0/16, 1/0/17, 1/0/18, 1/0/19, 1/0/20, 1/0/21, 1/0/22, 1/0/23
1/0/24, 1/0/25, 1/0/26, 1/0/27, 1/0/28, 1/0/29, 1/0/30, 1/0/31, 1/0/32, 1/0/33
1/0/34, 1/0/35, 1/0/36, 1/0/37, 1/0/38, 1/0/39, 1/0/40, 1/0/41, 1/0/42, 1/0/43
1/0/44, 1/0/45, 1/0/46, 1/0/47, 1/0/48
21 license reservations are still available for use by unassigned ports
Manually reserve license for port
VDX674(config)# dpod 1/0/4
VDX674(config-dpod-1/0/4)# reserve
 
Below is output of command show dpod.
 
10G ports assigned to the base switch license:
1/0/1, 1/0/2, 1/0/3, 1/0/4
10G ports assigned to the 10G Port Upgrade license:
None
10G ports not assigned to a license:
1/0/5, 1/0/6, 1/0/7, 1/0/8, 1/0/9, 1/0/10, 1/0/11, 1/0/12, 1/0/13, 1/0/14
1/0/15, 1/0/16, 1/0/17, 1/0/18, 1/0/19, 1/0/20, 1/0/21, 1/0/22, 1/0/23, 1/0/24
1/0/25, 1/0/26, 1/0/27, 1/0/28, 1/0/29, 1/0/30, 1/0/31, 1/0/32, 1/0/33, 1/0/34
1/0/35, 1/0/36, 1/0/37, 1/0/38, 1/0/39, 1/0/40, 1/0/41, 1/0/42, 1/0/43, 1/0/44
1/0/45, 1/0/46, 1/0/47, 1/0/48
20 license reservations are still available for use by unassigned ports
Now 1/0/4 is reserved.

4.Temporary License vs Permanent License

1. If the VDX has a temporary license and then we try to install a permanent license, the temporary license will only be replaced not added.
2. If the VDX has 16 ports that can used, we cannot try and use one 8 port permanent license and one 8 port temporary license. The NOS will throw the following error
sw0# license add licStr "*BabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefGhijklmnopqrstuVwxyz abcdefGhijklmnopqrsTuvwxyzbcdefghijKlmnopqrstuvwxyzBCDefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz,COoedzCx1v6ycQgnYMeaVp#}

License Add Failed - Non-trial license feature already installed

3. Please note that evaluation licenses do not aggregate, certainly not with perpetual POD licenses.
 
Licensing restrictions and considerations:

A license is tied to the unique LID of the blade or the switch for which the license was generated. Therefore, a license can be used on one switch only. It cannot be used on any other switch.
More than one license for multiple features can be installed per switch.
Only one permanent or temporary license at a time can be in effect for a licensed feature.
More than one trial license can be in effect at the same time, as long as each trial license applies to a unique licensed feature.
A trial license cannot replace or supersede a normal license.
Licenses are not interchangeable between units.
License management in Network OS v3.0.0 and later is supported only on the local RBridge. You cannot configure or display licenses on remote nodes in the fabric.
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