i am planing to purchase 9800 virtual wireless controller with 100 x AIR-AP1815I-E-K9. questions are following :
1) can i go with legacy licensing model with AP adder licenses ?
2) if there is only AIR-DNA licenses, what will happen if subscription will expire ? all the features will remain in working conditions except DNA features?
3) in case of redundancy, what licenses do i need?
thank for the response.
there is only two licenses available when you are purchasing products , these are:
AIR DNA Essential (AIR-DNA-E)
AIR DNA Advantage (AIR-DNA-A)
after expiration of above mentioned subscriptions: The AIR-DNA-A and AIR-DNA-E are the available license levels on the controller. You can configure as AIR-DNA-A or AIR-DNA-E license level and on term expiry, you can move to the Network Advantage or Network Essentials license level, if you do not want to renew the DNA license. (https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/9800/16-11/config-guide/b_wl_16_11_cg/smart-licensing.html#task_k2c_nps_xfb )
it means that i will loose DNA features, but Network Advantage or Network Essentials will continue working. These Network essentials and Network advantage components are perpetual and is valid till the life of the AP.
the only thing i am interested is what does includes Network Advandage and Network Essesntials liceses in Wireless Controllers?
there is not document which describes that new APs may be unable to join the WLC as well as APs that have restarted.
p.s new ax series costs much expensive then 1815i.
No adder licences for 9800s all Smart Licencing, pretty sure its DNA licencing as well.
When subscription runs out, I have been told services remain running but you can not add new APs, or perform upgrades and you keep getting emails from Cisco.
Best to email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have opened the case and discussed this with Cisco representative, below you can see the answers on my questions:
Q1.Can you please tell what will happen if the AIR-DNA subscription will expire?
This document (https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/wireless/controller/9800/16-11/config-guide/b_wl_16_11_cg/smart-licensing.html#task_k2c_nps_xfb ) tells that on term expiry, you can move to the Network Advantage or Network Essentials license level if you do not want to renew the DNA license.
A1. Yes. I confirm that answer from that document. When AIR-DNA subscription expired you will move to the Perpetual Network Stack.
Q2.After expiring AIR-DNA licenses, without purchasing any additional licenses, will the device continue working with perpetual licenses?
A2. Yes. That is right. Your device will continue to work with the perpetual license which is embedded in the hardware and it is activated by some of the DNA licenses.
Q3. Or do I need manually switch to essential or advantage licenses?
A3. No, this is not necessary to be done. Just, after expiration of the DNA E/A/P licenses, you will use the device without DNA features and this is why we have the perpetual license
Q4.What features does Network advantage and essentials includes?
A4. For more details about Perpetual Network Stack refer here(page 10,24,25,26): https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/global/da_dk/assets/training/seminaria-materials/Licenses-Networking-for-everybody-with-DNA.pdf
Q5.After expiration of AIR-DNA license, can I add new Aps?
A5. Yes, you can and how many new APs to be added depends on what kind of type WLC do you have.
Q6.Does after restarting existing APs, will they reconnect to WLC back?
A6. Yes, they should be able to connect again.