Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Licensing

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Before learning about the Cisco Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Licensing, you should know the main Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 chassis and Supervisor Modules.

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Different types of licenses are required for the Nexus 7000 and the Nexus 7700. Table 1-7 describes each license and the features it enables.

Table 1-7 Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700 Software Licensing Features
Feature License
Enterprise Services Package Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol.
Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS) Protocol (Layer 3 only).
Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM), which includes sparse mode, bidirectional mode, and source-specific mode (SSM).
Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP).
Policy-based routing.
Generic routing encapsulation (GRE) tunnel.
Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP).
Advanced Services Package
Virtual device contexts (VDCs).
VDC licenses
Increments four VDC licenses that enable the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Supervisor 2 Enhanced module to support eight VDCs.
Transport Services Package
Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV).
Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP).
Scalable Services Package
A single license per system enables all XL-capable I/O modules to operate in XL mode. The license increases the performance of the following features:

  • IPv4 routes
  • IPv6 routes
  • ACL entries
Enhanced Layer 2 Package
FabricPath support on the F Series module.
MPLS Services Package
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).
Layer 3 virtual private network (VPN).
Layer 2 Ethernet over MPLS (EoMPLS).
Layer 2 Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS).
Storage Enterprise Package
Inter-VSAN routing (IVR) over Fibre Channel and FCoE IVR Network Address Translation (NAT) over Fibre Channel.
VSAN-based access control.
Fabric binding for open systems.
FCoE Services Package
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).
Note: You do not need the Advanced Services Package to enable the storage VDC required for FCoE.
FCoE F1-Series Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for Cisco Nexus 7000 48-port 10G SFP+ (F2).
FCoE for Cisco Nexus 7700 Enhanced F2e Series 48 Port 10G (SFP+).

It is worth mentioning that Nexus switches have a grace period, which is the amount of time the features in a license package can continue functioning without a license. Enabling a licensed feature that does not have a license key starts a counter on the grace period. You then have 120 days to install the appropriate license keys, disable the use of that feature, or disable the grace period feature. If at the end of the 120-day grace period the device does not have a valid license key for the feature, the Cisco NX-OS software automatically disables the feature and removes the configuration from the device. There is also an evaluation license, which is a temporary license. Evaluation licenses are time bound (valid for a specified number of days) and are tied to a host ID (device serial number).

NOTE: To manage the Nexus 7000, two types of licenses are needed: the DCNM LAN and DCNM SAN, each of which is a separate license.

To get the license file, you must obtain the serial number for your device by entering the show license host-id command. The host ID is also referred to as the device serial number, as shown in Example 1-1.

Example 1-1 NX-OS Command to Obtain the Host ID

switch# show license host-id

License hostid: VDH=FOX064317SQ

TIP: Use the entire ID that appears after the equal sign (=). In this example, the host ID is FOX064317SQ.

After executing the copy licenses command from the default VDC, save your license file to one of four locations—the bootflash: directory, the slot0: device, the usb1: device, or the usb2: device.

Perform the installation by using the install license command on the active supervisor module from the device console, as shown in Example 1-2.

Example 1-2 Command Used to Install the License File

switch# install license bootflash:license_file.lic

Installing license ..done

You can check what licenses are already installed by issuing the command shown in Example 1-3.

Example 1-3 Command Used to Obtain Installed Licenses

switch# show license usage

Feature                              Ins    Lic      Status Expiry Date Comments


LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG     Yes       -      In use Never              -

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