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Help with licensing - Cat 9k switches

Hi All

We are putting in some 9606 switches, we have purchased Network Advantage feature set and DNA advantage.

How does the licensing work with regards to getting it applied to the switch?

Do they come shipped with the feature set licence already in? 

Do we have to add a file or code to them?

the output of what we get is below.

 

Many thanks in advance

 

show license usage
License Authorization:
Status: EVAL MODE
Evaluation Period Remaining: 88 days, 20 hours, 26 minutes, 50 seconds

network-advantage (C9600-NW-A):
Description: network-advantage
Count: 4
Version: 1.0
Status: EVAL MODE
Export status: NOT RESTRICTED
Feature Name: network-advantage
Feature Description: network-advantage

dna-advantage (C9600-DNA-A):
Description: dna-advantage
Count: 2
Version: 1.0
Status: EVAL MODE
Export status: NOT RESTRICTED
Feature Name: dna-advantage
Feature Description: dna-advantage

 

 

 

show license status
Smart Licensing is ENABLED

Utility:
Status: DISABLED

Data Privacy:
Sending Hostname: yes
Callhome hostname privacy: DISABLED
Smart Licensing hostname privacy: DISABLED
Version privacy: DISABLED

Transport:
Type: Callhome

Registration:
Status: UNREGISTERED
Export-Controlled Functionality: NOT ALLOWED

License Authorization:
Status: EVAL MODE
Evaluation Period Remaining: 88 days, 20 hours, 27 minutes, 22 seconds

Export Authorization Key:
Features Authorized:
<none>

Miscellaneus:
Custom Id: <empty>

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here is smartlicense guide : ( the switch required to reach to cisco smart license server using port 443) or you can use proxy if you have if this is not directly connected to interenet)

 

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/switches/catalyst-9500-series-switches/214484-cisco-smart-licensing-troubleshooting.html



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@carl_townshend, what firmware is the chassis running on? 

Cisco is about to "re-organize" Smart Licensing starting with 17.3.2 (and later).  

New Deployment Method for Smart Licensing

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it's all in the smart-licensing guide refered to by @balaji.bandi , but in short:

the feature set is NOT already licensed, but the functionality is not blocked by having no license.

you have 90-days to configure the licensing properly, reaching the end of this period frequent "non-compliant" messages will appear in the logs. these messages will appear with decreasing intervals, but the switch will remain operational.

- yes, one of the options is generating license file from your smart-account end copy them to the switch "off-line"

- let the switch "call home" directly to cisco smart-license server

- use a local licensing proxy between your network and Cisco.
NB! DNA advantage entitles you to manage the switch using DNA. Without DNA server this license is  a just a right-to-use for the future.

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