ONTAP 9.14

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Manage licenses overview (cluster administrators only)

A license is a record of one or more software entitlements. In ONTAP 9.7 through ONTAP 9.9.1, license keys are delivered as 28-character strings, and there is one key per ONTAP feature. A new license key format called a License File was introduced for cluster-wide features only, such as FabricPool.

ONTAP enables you to monitor feature usage and license entitlement risk in the following ways:

  • Display a summary of feature usage in the cluster on a per-node basis (system feature-usage show-summary)

    The summary includes counter information such as the number of weeks a feature was in use and the last date and time the feature was used.

  • Display feature usage status in the cluster on a per-node and per-week basis (system feature-usage show-history)

    The feature usage status can be not-used, configured, or in-use. If the usage information is not available, the status shows not-available.

  • Display the status of license entitlement risk for each license package (system license entitlement-risk show)

    The risk status can be low, medium, high, unlicensed, or unknown. The risk status is also included in the AutoSupport message. License entitlement risk does not apply to the base license package.

    The license entitlement risk is evaluated by using a number of factors, which might include but are not limited to the following:

    • Each package’s licensing state

    • The type of each license, its expiry status, and the uniformity of the licenses across the cluster

    • Usage for the features associated with the license package If the evaluation process determines that the cluster has a license entitlement risk, the command output also suggests a corrective action.

Note: ONTAP 9.10.1 also supports 28-character license keys using ONTAP System Manager or the CLI. However, if an License File is installed for a feature, you cannot install a 28-character license key over the License File for the same feature. For information about installing License File or license keys using ONTAP System Manager, see “Enable new features.”

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