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Catalyst 3750X licensing

While making a kit list for a network design with Cisco Catalyst 3750X switches, I got confused while looking at the different licensing features. The Cisco Catalyst 3750X switches are available with multiple licensing options, which can be upgraded.

A new switch can be ordered with two licensing options. These are LAN Base (Enhanced Intelligent Services) and IP Base (Baseline Enterprise Services). However an additional license is available: IP Services (Enterprise Services). The LAN Base feature is relative new for this switch. A normal Cisco Catalyst 3750 is a multilayer switch with routing capabilities by default. The LAN Base licensing only allows the usage of layer 2 “switching” features and no routing capabilities.

The LAN Base feature set offers enhanced intelligent services that includes comprehensive Layer 2 features. The IP Base feature set provides baseline enterprise services in addition to all LAN Base features. IP Base also includes the support for routed access, StackPower, and MACsec. The IP Services feature set provides full enterprise services that includes advanced Layer 3 features such as Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM), and IPv6 routing such as OSPFv3 and EIGRPv6. IP Services feature set also includes the Embedded Event Manager (EEM) and IP service-level agreements (SLAs) initiator functionalities. All software feature sets support advanced security, QoS, and management features. The IP Services feature set is only available as an upgrade option at the time of ordering or through a license at a later time; there is no dedicated IP Services switch model. [Source]

As I mentioned before, by default, the Cisco Catalyst 3750X can only be ordered with the LAN Base or IP Base license. Customers have the ability to upgrade from LAN Base to IP Base or from IP Base to IP Services. Below you see the article numbers for the different upgrades:

C3750X-24-L-S C3750X-24 LAN Base to IP Base Paper License
C3750X-48-L-S C3750X-48 LAN Base to IP Base Paper License
L-C3750X-24-L-S C3750X-24 LAN Base to IP Base E-License
L-C3750X-48-L-S C3750X-48 LAN Base to IP Base E-License
LL-C3750X-24-L-S C3750X-24 LAN Base to IP Base E-License for Used Switch
LL-C3750X-48-L-S C3750X-48 LAN Base to IP Base E-License for Used Switch
C3750X-24-IOS-S-E C3750X-24 IP Base to IP Services factory IOS Upgrade
C3750X-48-IOS-S-E C3750X-48 IP Base to IP Services factory IOS Upgrade
C3750X-24-L-E C3750X-24 IP Base to IP Services Paper License
C3750X-48-L-E C3750X-48 IP Base to IP Services Paper License
L-C3750X-24-L-E C3750X-24 IP Base to IP Services E-License
L-C3750X-48-L-E C3750X-48 IP Base to IP Services E-License
LL-C3750X-24-L-E C3750X-24 IP Base to IP Services E-License for Used Switch
LL-C3750X-48-L-E C3750X-48 IP Base to IP Services E-License for Used Switch

Hhhhmm, as you can see you have multiple choices for upgrading from LAN Base to IP Base or from IP Base to IP Services. But what do they all mean?!?! I didn’t know exactly and had doubts, so I asked our Cisco account manager and he gave me the following information.

Factory IOS Upgrade You can directly upgrade from IP Base to IP Services at the moment you buy the switch. To receive a switch with an IP Services software image, you simply have to add the “IP Base to IP Services Factory Upgrade”. The article number contains only the license which can be used with a brand new switch.
Paper License You need to order this license if you already have the switch or if you are already using the switch. With the Paper License you receive a PAK code in paper format
E-License Comparable to Paper License, but the license is delivered via e-mail.
E-License for Used Switch This license is delivered via e-mail and needs to be ordered if you would like to upgrade a refurbished switch

The above explanation cleared a lot of my confusion about the new licensing mechanism. Hope it will help you too.

eSafe license expires

I just received the following interesting question:

What happens if our eSafe license expires?……Because it expires this weekend!!!!!!!!

Interesting question, because I never encountered such a situation. Normally the license is renewed in a timely fashion or a trial is stopped before the license expires. I searched the Knowledge Base from eSafe and found an article. This article tells the following:

Evaluation license: when an evaluation license expires, eSafe allows all traffic to pass through without any scanning at all.

Registered license: when a registered license expires, eSafe scans and blocks traffic, but stops receiving updates. Important note: if there are any licensed add-on’s installed (URL filter, Advanced Anti-Spam), they will stop functioning after the registered license expires.

HP ProCurve licenses

During an check-up on a network, I looked at the configuration of two HP ProCurve 5400zl switches. One of these switches functions as the core switch and default gateway for the various VLANs. To improve the availability and redundancy of the default gateway, I mentioned the configuration of VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol).

On of the two core switches had the opportunity to enable VRRP with the command: router vrrp. The other core switch didn’t had the option to enable VRRP. I found this a bit strange, because both switches have the same hardware properties and firmware version. I spent some time looking at the HP Procure website.There I noticed that theHP ProCurve 5400zl switches require a Premium License to enable VRRP. I didn’t even knew that HP ProCurve switches had different kind of licenses, but after contacting the supplier and obtaining the license, I could enable VRRP and improve the availability of the network.