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Adding licenses

If your storage system software was installed at the factory, System Manager automatically adds the software to its list of licenses. If the software was not installed at the factory or if you want to add additional software licenses, you can add the software license by using the Add Licenses dialog box in System Manager.

Before you begin

The software license code for the specific Data ONTAP service must be available.

About this task

When you add a new license in a MetroCluster configuration, it is a best practice to add the license on the surviving site cluster as well.


  1. Expand the Cluster hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. In the navigation pane, click Configuration > System Tools > Licenses .
  3. In the Licenses window, click Add.
  4. In the Add Licenses dialog box, enter the software license key, and then click Add.
    You can add multiple licenses by entering the software license keys, separated by commas.
    The new license is added.

    The Add Licenses Status dialog box displays the list of licenses that were added successfully. The window also displays the license keys of the licenses that were not added and the reason.

  5. Click Close.


The software license is added to your storage system and is displayed in the list of licenses in the Licenses window.