Starting November 6th, IOS-XE software version 17.3.2 for campus networking devices and NextGen platforms will simplify the End Customer’s operations by removing the initial software use compliance and the on-going communication with the Cisco cloud. Also, registration before use will not be required for software use compliance, though software use reporting will be needed.
Easier, faster, and more consistent
New Deployment Method for Smart Licensing simplifies the way End Customers activate and manage their licenses. SL now supports simpler and more flexible offer structures, allowing customers to have an easier, faster, and more consistent way to purchase, renew, or upgrade their licenses.
No evaluation mode at product boot, no registration required to cisco.com
No on-going communication with Cisco cloud per device
Reporting of software use is required
No network deployment operating expense
This new version supports following Cisco products: Cisco Catalyst 9000 series switches, routing platforms such as the ASR1K, ISR1K, ISR4K, Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Wireless Controllers, IOT routers and switches, and a few Collab products (CME, SRST, CUBE). The Data Center products (ACI, NX-OS and MDS) will enable this licensing model in Q3FY21.
Customers and Partners can upgrade their devices to the newest version of IOS-XE [17.3.2 (available via Software Download) and 17.4.1 (coming soon)].
New purchases of Smart Licensing-enabled products with the new IOS-XE version will automatically be enrolled in this new deployment method, starting Dec 4th 2020 in the Cisco Commerce Workspace (CCW).
After implementing ‘Smart Licensing Using Policy’, customers are responsible for submitting usage reports per the reporting policy installed on their devices instead of registering each device through their Smart Account on Cisco Smart Software Manager (CSSM).
Partners can continue placing orders via Holding Account. The uploading of software usage report from a customer network to their Smart Account will automatically transfer the purchased assets from the Holding Account to the customer Smart Account.
If you have support questions about Smart Accounts and Software Licensing, open a case via Support Case Manager (SCM). To learn more on how to open a case in SCM, click here.
Issue: Usage generated from products connected to On-Prem is not accepted by CSSM.
Root Cause: On-Prem CSSM does not support SL Using Policy yet.
Impact: Usage generated on products running 17.3.2 release cannot be parsed by CSSM when uploaded on offline mode. So users are not able to get ack back.
Action Plan: There is no impact on product or functionality for not receiving ack back from CSSM. No syslogs are thrown. Recommendation is to continue running the 17.3.2 software for now. When Cisco releases 17.3.3 and On-Prem CSSM supporting SL Using Policy end of March, upgrade both the product and On-Prem CSSM to use SL Using Policy mode. After upgrades are done new reports will be processed by CSSM. Older reports might be dropped but latest consumption is recorded in CSSM.
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