Converting PAKs to Smart Licenses
First, convert existing PAKs to smart licensing by going to the Traditional Licensing Portal, selecting the PAK, and from the “Smart Accounts” tab, select “Convert selected PAKs to smart licensing”.
Note that PAKs entered via the Smart Licensing portal are not automatically converted.
Router CLI Configuration
In config mode, enable DNS resolution on the device to communicate w/ Cisco
ip domain-lookup ip name-server 126.96.36.199
Configure Smart Call-home
service call-home call-home contact-email-addr firstname.lastname@example.org profile "CiscoTAC-1" active destination transport-method http no destination transport-method email
In software versions prior to 16.12, Smart Licensing will need to be enabled in config mode:
license smart enable
Creating and Applying Smart License Tokens
Visit the Smart Licensing Portal, select the PAK, and generate a token.
In enable mode, paste the token in via CLI:
license smart register idtoken XXXXXXX
Verify token has been accepted and registration successful
show license status
Finish by configuring and verifying any features added by the license
platform hardware throughput level mb 250 Wait for 250M license request to succeed license boot level ax % use 'write' command to make license boot config take effect on next boot Router# show platform hardware throughput level The current throughput level is 250000 kb/
Re-initializing Licenses after Software Downgrade
When upgrading or especially downgrading IOS-XE versions, you’ll typically see an error the that license has already been used:
Router#show license status Smart Licensing is ENABLED Registration: Status: UNREGISTERED - REGISTRATION FAILED Export-Controlled Functionality: Not Allowed Initial Registration: FAILED on Mar 20 01:22:15 2019 GMT Failure reason: The product regid.2013-08.com.cisco.CSR1000V,1.0_1562da96-9176-4f99-a6cb-14b4dd0fa135 and sudi containing udiSerialNumber:9PFNTCW3Y0L,udiPid:CSR1000V has already been registered.
Or red herring messages like this:
%SMART_LIC-3-AUTH_RENEW_FAILED: Authorization renewal with the Cisco Smart Software Manager or satellite : Response error: Data and signature do not match %SMART_LIC-3-AUTH_RENEW_FAILED: Authorization renewal with the Cisco Smart Software Manager or satellite : NULL %SMART_LIC-3-AUTH_RENEW_FAILED: Authorization renewal with the Cisco Smart Software Manager or satellite : verify RESP fail
Simple fix: just re-install a token with the “force” option at the end, i.e:
license smart register idtoken XXXXXXX force