Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cisco Router: How To Enable The CME-SRST License On Firmware/Code 15.X

I had a router today that I needed to make a CME (CallManager Express) phone system.  So, I knew I had a license for this already, so I really just needed to activate it.  Well, how do you do that?  See below, this is what I did.

2901_Router#show license detail cme-srst
2901_Router#configure terminal
2901_Router# license accept end user agreement

PLEASE  READ THE  FOLLOWING TERMS  CAREFULLY. INSTALLING THE LICENSE OR
LICENSE  KEY  PROVIDED FOR  ANY CISCO  PRODUCT  FEATURE  OR  USING SUCH
PRODUCT  FEATURE  CONSTITUTES  YOUR  FULL ACCEPTANCE  OF  THE FOLLOWING
TERMS. YOU MUST NOT PROCEED FURTHER IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO  BE BOUND
BY ALL THE TERMS SET FORTH HEREIN.
Use of this product feature requires  an additional license from Cisco,
together with an additional  payment.  You may use this product feature
on an evaluation basis, without payment to Cisco, for 60 days. Your use
of the  product,  including  during the 60 day  evaluation  period,  is
subject to the Cisco end user license agreement
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/warranty/English/EU1KEN_.html
If you use the product feature beyond the 60 day evaluation period, you
must submit the appropriate payment to Cisco for the license. After the
60 day  evaluation  period,  your  use of the  product  feature will be
governed  solely by the Cisco  end user license agreement (link above),
together  with any supplements  relating to such product  feature.  The
above  applies  even if the evaluation  license  is  not  automatically
terminated  and you do  not receive any notice of the expiration of the
evaluation  period.  It is your  responsibility  to  determine when the
evaluation  period is complete and you are required to make  payment to
Cisco for your use of the product feature beyond the evaluation period.
Your  acceptance  of  this agreement  for the software  features on one
product  shall be deemed  your  acceptance  with  respect  to all  such
software  on all Cisco  products  you purchase  which includes the same
software.  (The foregoing  notwithstanding, you must purchase a license
for each software  feature you use past the 60 days evaluation  period,
so  that  if you enable a software  feature on  1000  devices, you must
purchase 1000 licenses for use past  the 60 day evaluation period.)   
Activation  of the  software command line interface will be evidence of
your acceptance of this agreement.
ACCEPT? [yes/no]: yes

2901_Router# exit
2901_Router# show license detail cme-srst
2901_Router#write mem
2901_Router#reload


Ok, so the router reloads.  I log back in and I look at the license now.
2901_Router#sho license detail cme-srst
Feature: cme-srst                        Period left: 8  weeks 4  days
Index: 1        Feature: cme-srst                          Version: 1.0
        License Type: EvalRightToUse
        License State: Not in Use, EULA not accepted
            Evaluation total period: 8  weeks 4  days
            Evaluation period left: 8  weeks 4  days
            Period used: 0  minute  0  second
        License Count: 0/0  (In-use/Violation)
        License Priority: None
        Store Index: 7
        Store Name: Built-In License Storage

Notice above that it STILL says 'EULA not accepted'.  What the Cisco documentation doesnt say (that I found) is that you have to at least run three more commands in order for the license to be accepted.  See below.

2901_Router#config t
2901_Router(config-telephony)#ip source-address 192.168.106.1 port 2000
2901_Router(config-telephony)#max-ephones 42
2901_Router(config-telephony)#max-dn 200
2901_Router(config-telephony)#exit
2901_Router(config)#exit


Now lets look at the license.
2901_Router#sho license detail cme-srst
Feature: cme-srst                        Period left: 8  weeks 4  days
Index: 1        Feature: cme-srst                          Version: 1.0
        License Type: EvalRightToUse
        License State: Active, In Use
            Evaluation total period: 8  weeks 4  days
            Evaluation period left: 8  weeks 4  days
            Period used: 0  minute  0  second
            Transition date: Sep 13 2013 21:50:10
        License Count: 42/0  (In-use/Violation)
        License Priority: Low
        Store Index: 7
        Store Name: Built-In License Storage

Notice that it still says there is an Evaluation period.  Odd.  So I thought I would reboot this router again, to see if it would say permanent after a reboot.

2901_Router#reload
The following license(s) are transitioning, expiring or have expired.
Features with expired licenses may not work after Reload.
Feature: cme-srst                       ,Status: transition, Period Left: 8  wks 3  days


I found out that even though there is a time period left, when that runs out, it will show as a permanent license.  No worries.

6 comments:

  1. hi u have any idea if the eval time expires, can we somehow activate another eval lic,
    i wanna use the 2901 for my lab and the router i can get my hands on is not purchased with voice lic its only base lic.

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    1. You can request another eval license from Cisco. I have seen them give them out, but that may be with the intention of buying one. I dont recall. It may be worth a try though.

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    2. thanx for the reply,
      what i wanted to ask is
      once the eval lic expires,if we format the flash or change the image can we re-issue the eval lic.
      as i said this would be used for a lab/test, setup down time is not an issue.

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    3. Im not sure if it would reset the eval licenses or not. I have not tried that. I would suspect that it would not, but I am not sure. Maybe someone else can chime in on this.

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  2. Shane, nice article. one question.. Even after accepting the terms and reloading the router I dont have the option for Telephony-services or anything Telephony. Is there something I am missing here?

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    1. Good question. Do a show lic detail and let's see what it says.

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