Cisco Smart Software Licensing is a new way of thinking about licensing. It simplifies the licensing experience across the enterprise making it easier to purchase, deploy, track, and renew Cisco Software. It provides visibility into license ownership and consumption through a single, simple user interface.
With Smart Software Manager, you can organize and view your licenses in groups called virtual accounts. You can use Smart Software Manager to transfer licenses between virtual accounts as needed.
The Licenses tab of the Smart Software Licensing page displays information about all of the licenses in your virtual account. From the Licenses tab, you can do the following:
View a list of all licenses in the virtual account.
View information about a specific license and which product is using it.
View information about the alerts for specific licenses.
Transfer licenses between virtual accounts.
Export the list of licenses to a .csv file.
There are three types of licenses which are valid for a different period of time:
Perpetual licenses remain valid and has no expiration.
Demo Licenses must be renewed after 60 days. Demo licenses are not meant for production use.
Term Licenses remain valid for specified periods of one to three years.
Licenses are removed from virtual accounts as they expire. This article provides instructions on how to manage the licenses in your virtual account.
Note: If you do not have an account yet, create a new one by clicking Register Now.
Step 2. In the Cisco Software Central page, choose License > Smart Software Licensing.
Note: Alternatively, you can click Smart Software Licensing under the License area.
Step 3. Click on Inventory > Licenses.
The Licenses tab of the Inventory page shows a Licenses table with the following information:
License — License identifier or name
Quantity — Number of licenses
Surplus (+)/ Shortage (-) — Number of licenses relative to the business requirement
Alerts — Messages alerting the user to actions required to maintain licenses
Actions — Option for transferring a number of licenses to another virtual account
Step 4. Click on a license listed in the Licenses table to display detailed information on that virtual account license.
Note: In this example, RV-Series Anyconnect VPN License is chosen.
The information is organized under the following tabs:
Overview Tab — The Overview tab displays the following:
- Description of the license.
- A graphic illustration of virtual account usage of the license.
- License expiration details, including the number of licenses, license type, start and expiration dates, and subscription ID.
Product Instances Tab — The Product Instances tab displays the following:
- Product instances
- Product type
- Number of licenses used for these Product Instances
Note: To learn more about Product Instances and how to manage them, click here.
Event Log Tab — The Event Log tab displays details on events specific to the license for the selected virtual account:
- Messages describing events
- Times the events occurred
- Users associated with the event (either the account of the owner CCO ID or Cisco Support)
Transaction History — The Transaction History tab displays the following:
- Transaction Date
- License SKU
- License Expiration
- Order Number
You should now have successfully viewed the licenses from the Licenses tab of your virtual account.
Export Licenses in a Virtual Account
You can export the Licenses table from the Licenses tab of your virtual account.
Step 1. Click on Inventory > Licenses.
Step 2. Click the Export icon to export a comma-separated values (CSV) file on your hard drive.
Note: The system uses a platform-dependent dialog box to save the file. The dialog box varies slightly depending on the browser and operating system that you are using.
You should now have successfully exported a CSV file containing the licenses from your virtual account.
Transfer a License from or to Another Virtual Account
To transfer a license to or from your virtual account, you must have an access to the virtual account that you are going to transfer licenses to or get licenses from. Follow these steps to transfer a license from or to another virtual account.
Step 1. In the Smart Software Licensing page, click on Inventory > Licenses.
Note: The License Reservation button currently does not support Cisco Small Business Products.
Step 2. To transfer a license, click Transfer next to the product series that you want to transfer to or from.
Note: Alternatively, you can click on the License ID then click Transfer License from the bottom right corner of the page.
Note: In this example, there are 135 total licenses; 11 are in use while 124 are surplus.
Step 3. Choose the virtual account that you want to transfer licenses to or from.
The options are:
To — Licenses are transferred from the current virtual account to the selected virtual account.
From — Licenses are transferred from the selected virtual account to the current virtual account.
Note: In this example, To is chosen.
Step 4. Choose a virtual account from the drop-down list of the virtual accounts that you have administrative access to.
Note: In this example, SBSBDa is chosen.
Step 5. Enter the number of licenses that you want to transfer in the Quantity field.
Note: In this example, 10 is used.
The Qty area displays the number of licenses that are currently available for the chosen virtual account.
Step 6. (Optional) Click the Preview button to view the summary of changes.
Note: In this example, 10 licenses from the sbsb virtual account will be transferred to the SBSBDa virtual account.
Step 7. (Optional) Click the Cancel button to cancel the transfer.
Step 8. Click the Complete Transfer button to transfer the licenses.
You should now have managed the transferred licenses from one virtual account from or to another virtual account.
Verify Transferred Licenses
There are two ways for you to verify that the license transfer has been successfully completed.
Option 1: Check from the current Virtual Account
Step 1: Check the Licenses table.
Note: In this example, there are now 125 total licenses; 11 are in use while 114 are surplus.
Step 2. Click the Event Log tab.
Note: In this example, 10 licenses were transferred from the sbsb virtual account.
Option 2: Check from the chosen Virtual Account
Step 1. Choose the virtual account that you used to transfer the licenses to or from.
Note: In this example, the chosen virtual account is SBSBDa.
Step 2. In the Inventory page, click on Licenses.
Step 3. Check the Licenses table. The new licenses should have been added.
Note: In this example, 10 RV-Series Anyconnect VPN licenses have been added in the SBSBDa virtual account.
Step 4. Click Event Log tab of the second virtual account.
Note: In this example, the log shows that there were 10 licenses that were transferred to the SBSBDa virtual account.
You should now have successfully verified the transferred licenses to or from your virtual accounts.
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