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Licensing information for ISR-G2


The Cisco ISR 1900, 2900 and 3900 Series adopt the Universal IOS image model enabling customers to future proof their networks.

Universal IOS Packaging Overview:

As we all know that for ISR-G2 we have to enable licenses to use the feature instead of using IOS images. The Universal IOS image is loaded by Cisco manufacturing on all shipped routers. IOS Universal Image contains all IOS features. Feature sets in the universal image are unlocked using licensing keys i.e. the level of IOS functionality available is determined by the license applied to the device. A new license only needs to be applied to upgrade IOS functionality on the router .Moving from one IOS universal image version to another does not require a new licensing key. Reboot of router is also licensing transparent.

IPBase, DATA, UC (Unified Communications) and SEC (Security) technology packages are enabled in the universal image via Cisco Software Activation licensing keys. Each licensing Key is unique to a particular device and is obtained from Cisco by providing the product ID and serial number of the router and a Product Activation Key (PAK), which is provided by Cisco at time of Software purchase.

And you can also get this information by command: “show license udi

IOS Packaging Model for 1900, 2900 and 3900 ISRs

Common Issues :

  •   Which license to install which gives the entire feature which were there on ISR-G1?

The table below outlines the suggested migration from reformation packaging in ISRs to Simplified packaging on Next generation ISRs. The transition matrix outlines transition with feature parity in mind across transitions.

                                                                 Universal image-----IP Base

                                                                             IP voice-----UC

                                                                  Enterprise Base----Data

                                                           Advanced IP Services----Security + Data + UC(for feature parity and Enterprise Features)

                                                              Enterprise Services----Data + UC

                                                                        SP Services----Data + UC (for feature parity and Enterprise Features)

                                                               Advanced Security----Security

                                               Advanced Enterprise Services----Security + UC +data

  • How to enable license on the device?

       We have two types of licenses evaluation and permanent:

a)    Permanent Licenses: 

Permanent licenses are valid for the life of the device on which it is installed.

To install permanent license on the device by simple command:

license install flash:<>---the license file will be there in the flash and then enable it

Make sure you have license file for the device and upload the license file into the flash before installation, which you can get it online or by contacting TAC

To get the license online please click on the link below:

b)   Temporary Licenses:

Temporary licenses are used for evaluating new capabilities or in emergency situations. A temporary license allows a feature set to be used for 60 days of actual usage. When the 60-day period expires, the device will continue to operate normally until reloaded. After the reload, the device will default to the original functionality before the temporary license was enabled.

To enable evaluation license on the device by command:

license boot module <C2900> technology-package <package name>

  • Command to be used to check what license are there on the device.

Show license all” command will let you know about the licenses that are there on the device. The command is to be used to check if the license is permanent or temporary

#show license all

Index 1 Feature: ipservices

       Period left: 8  weeks 4  days    <<<<<<< Limited usage period

        License Type: Evaluation

        License State: Active, Not in Use, EULA not accepted----we can see that this license is not in use, we have to activate it by boot command described above.

        License Priority: None

        License Count: Non-Counted

Index 2 Feature: ipbase

        Period left: Life time

        License Type: Permanent-----permanent

        License State: Active, In Use---in use

        License Priority: Medium

        License Count: Non-Counted

Show version” will let you know about the licenses on the device and their type i.e if the license is permanent or temporary

For example:

#Show version: (output has been deleted)

Technology Package License Information for Module:'cXXXX

Technology   Technology-package         Technology-package

                           Current       Type         Next reboot

ipbase       ipbasek9     Permanent     ipbasek9

security     None           None         None

uc                None         None         None

data          None         None         None

  • If the RMA is created for the device does the license get activated by their own?

No,  the license on the RMA device have to be re-hosted  to get the  features which were there earlier as the serial number of the device has changed  and can be done by contacting Cisco TAC

Here is the link which provides all the information related to license installation:

Basic Commands to get information about licenses:

show license all

show license udi

show license feature

show license stats

Commands required for installation:

license install flash<>

license boot module <device name> technology-package <package name>

Hope this document provide basic information about the licenses to be used on the ISR-G2 , feel free to write if you have any queries.



Cisco Employee

This information is out-of-date and does not reflect the current right-to-use licensing model of the ISR G2s, the HSEC license or any additional feature licenses above and beyond the core technology package licenses.  The ISR G2 product page along with this whitepaper provide more current and accurate information.

Matt Bolick - ISR Architect