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Occasional Contributor
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎12-10-2015
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port license

Hello there.

I am  confused about port licensing a little, so may be someone will help me with that. Here is my switchshow:

https://s32.postimg.org/5k2irwhhh/swshow.png (seems like preview is not working).

So according "switchshow" there are 8 licensed ports and 16 unlicensed.

Here is "licenseport --show":

https://s32.postimg.org/cs0ynnomt/licport.png

According to this no Port on Demand license is installed, so how Dynamic POD method could be in use? "licenseshow" shows that "Fabric license", "Enhanced Group Management license" and "8 Gig FC license" are installed.

 

Also I still got 4 "license reservations", how can I assign 4 more ports to use default license? May be "licenseport --reserve"? Also I would like to know how these licenses assigned to ports when I get new switch from the vendor. Are these licenses pre-assigned or the assignment should be done manually?

Brocadian
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎04-07-2009

Re: port license

Hello there.

 

This question does come up from time to time, as the Dynamic Port Licensing was recently introduced.  It allows the customer to assign ports as they would like, as opposed to being statically assigned or hard coded into the POD License.  Typically this is used on a fix port switch, like a 1U 6510 or 2U 6520, whereby the customer would like to use specific ports as they upgrade their PODs to take advantage of ASIC diversity, redunancy, etc.  In your case, the 5480 is an Embedded Switch, however, you can still assign ports to the license as needed, just like with a regular switch, one port at a time manually, or use dynamic port license as is, it will dynamically consume those ports as they come online.

 

So you have two choices really.  You can either release the ports that are consuming some of the licensed ports now, placing them back in the "Free" pool, or you can bring ports online in the right order.

 

If you decide to change your mind later, you can release the ports and move them around.

 

Use the commands:

 

licenseport --show  (to understand how they are laid out currently)

licenseport --release 2 (will release port 2, back into the "free pool" aka "reserve pool")

licenseport --reserve 1 (will reserve port 1, whether the port is online or not, it will manually place port 1 in the Base POD)

 

Check your work again with:

 

licenseport --show

 

Hope it helps.

 

Thanks.

 

JF

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎12-10-2015

Re: port license

Thanks a lot for your reply, it really helps.

Brocadian
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎04-07-2009

Re: port license

Thanks for the feedback.

 

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly, or continue to post in the communities.

 

We're here for you.

 

Thanks.

 

JF

 

 

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