Understanding license types helps you manage the licenses in a storage system.
A package can have one or more of the following types of license installed in the storage system. The license show command displays the installed license type or types for a package.
A standard license is issued for a storage system with a specific system serial number (also known as a controller serial number). It is valid only for the system that has the matching serial number.
Data ONTAP 8.2 and later releases treat a license installed prior to Data ONTAP 8.2 as a standard license. Therefore, in Data ONTAP 8.2 and later releases, the system automatically has the standard license for the package that the previously licensed functionality is part of. The license show command with the -legacy yes parameter indicates such licenses.
A site license is not tied to a specific system serial number and can be installed on any storage system that is covered by the site license agreement. After you install a site license on a storage system, the license show command displays the site license under the system serial number of the storage system.
An evaluation license is a temporary license that expires after a certain period of time (indicated by the license show command). It enables you to try certain software functionality without purchasing an entitlement. It is not tied to a specific serial number of a system.