Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cisco R&S: License Activation On The 3850 Switch

This is a little mind boggling, but it appears that the licensing activation is on an honor system with Cisco.  I needed to go from LANBASE to IPSERVICES on a pair of stacked 3850s.  I started pursing the licensing and was told by Cisco about the "honor system".  Sure enough, it appears to be true.  I did the following on the pair I mentioned:

Switch#license right-to-use activate ipservices all acceptEULA
% switch-1:stack-mgr:Reboot the switch to invoke the highest activated License level

Switch#wr mem
Building configuration...
Compressed configuration from 9034 bytes to 3710 bytes[OK]
Reload command is being issued on Active unit, this will reload the whole stack
Proceed with reload? [confirm]

Notice that the stack now functions, whereas it did not match before:
Switch#sh switch
Switch/Stack Mac Address : 0c11.6710.8480 - Local Mac Address
Mac persistency wait time: Indefinite
                                             H/W   Current
Switch#   Role    Mac Address     Priority Version  State
*1       Active   0c11.6710.8480     1      V06     Ready
 2       Member   5006.ab23.8600     1      V05     Ready

Now, do a show version, and lets see the licensing after the command:
Switch#sh ver
License Level: Ipservices
License Type: Permanent
Next reload license Level: Ipservices

1 comment:

  1. Wow...go figure. For Cisco that sure seems to be a backwards step...they have been following in the footsteps of Microsoft in terms of licensing every single thing they can.


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