Nexus 7700/7000 License

Nexus 7700/7000 License

Posted on Jan 23, 2020 (0)

Nexus 7700/7000 License

This topic contains detailed information related to licensing types, options, procedures, installation, and management for the Cisco NX-OS software. Once you install the appropriate license for certain feature, it allow you to enable that particular feature and allow you to configure that feature. In Nexus 7000 when we install license, it is installed and managed in default VDC only, for all other VDC, we don’t require any separate License for various features.

There are certain types of license available:

  • Tier-Based Licenses
  • Feature-Based Licenses
  • Module-based Licenses
  • Bundle/Chassis-based Licenses

Tier-Based Licenses:

Tier based licenses helps to provide Consistency across ACI and NX-OS licensing.In this a group of license can be purchased in one or two package, Package available are Essentials or Advantage.

This type of license is applies to both Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and NX-OS standalone architectures where Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches can be deployed.

Feature-Based Licenses:

By installing the feature based license, the feature can be enabled for entire device. This feature based license is only one copy of license for a device.

Any feature that is not included in a license package which is installed in the device is bundled with the Cisco NX-OS software and is provided at no extra charge.

The licenses are independent of each other. If you want to use any another features that are covered by different licenses, you must install all the appropriate licenses.

Feature based license for Nexus 7000/7700 is described below:

Module-based Licenses:

Module-based licenses make features available to one per module on the physical device, so you need one copy of the license for each module that you want to enable the features on.

Example : FCoE Services Package  : Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

Bundle/Chassis-based Licenses:

Feature like Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) are available on Bundle/Chassis-based licensing and are available for all supported line card modules such as F2 and F3 for that particular chassis. Bundle/Chassis-based licensing is not supported for the Cisco Nexus 7000 series and is supported on nexus 7700 Series switches only.

Example: N7706-FCOE-10G=  Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for Cisco Nexus 7706 F2 Series 48-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ Module (Maximum of 4 modules)

Manually License installation:

There are following steps available to install the License, described below. Get the Serial Number from your device by entering the show license host-id command.

DCLessons-N7K1# show license host-id
License host id: VDH = FOX074367AB

  • When you purchase the Nexus hardware, you will get the software license claim certificate document and from that document get the product authorization key (PAK).
  • Go to the and access the Product License Registration website. Use this link “”.
  • Enter the PAK key, Mail-ID and SN of your nexus box and generate the license.
  • Copy the License from your laptop to Nexus bootflash: directory, the slot0: device, the usb1: device, or the usb2: device.
  • Once the License file is saved to its appropriate location, install the license by following command :

DCLessons-N7K1# install license bootflash:license_file.lic
Installing license ..done

Exit the device console and open a new terminal session to view all license files installed on the device using the show license command

DCLessons-N7K1# show license
SERVER this_host ANY
VENDOR cisco
INCREMENT LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG cisco 1.0 permanent uncounted \
HOSTID=VDH=TBC10412106 \

To display a list of license files installed on the device

show license brief command to display a list of license files installed on the device.

DCLessons-N7K1# show license brief

Backing UP Licenses

How to save a license key file to a remote server:

DCLessons-N7K1# copy bootflash:license_file.lic tftp://

How to save a license key file to an external Flash device in Nexus.

DCLessons-N7K1# copy bootflash:license_file.lic slot0:license_file.lic

Identifying License Features in Use

Use the show license usage [package-name] command to identify all of the active features.

DCLessons-N7K1# show license usage
Feature                                                           Ins      Lic         Status             Expiry      Date       Comments
LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG           Yes      -           In use              Never         -
DCLessons-N7K1# show license usage LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG

Updating Licenses

If you have installed the Time bound license and your time of the previous license is about to expired then you need to update the existing license file to new License file.

  • Get the new License file
  • Save it to Nexus Boot flash or external memory
  • Run following command , syntax : update license {bootflash: | slot0: | usb0: | usb1:}new-license-filename old-license-filename.

Following is the command shown.

DCLessons-N7K1# update license bootflash:Enterprise2.lic Enterprise1.lic
Do you want to continue? (y/n) y
Updating license ..done

Enabling Grace period License feature:

When a Grace Period feature is enabled, it does not require any license key , but you can access all the feature , test all the feature by 120 days . And you have 120 days to install the feature base license. 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.

DCLessons-N7K1# configure terminal
DCLessons-N7K1(config)#license grace-period

Disable the grace period.

DCLessons-N7K1# configure terminal
DCLessons-N7K1(config)#no license grace-period

Associating a License with a Module

DCLessons-N7K1# license fcoe module 2

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