A license is a record of one or more software entitlements. Installing license keys, also known as license codes, enables you to use certain features or services on your cluster.
Each cluster requires a cluster base license key, which you can install either during or after the cluster setup. Some features require additional licenses. Data ONTAP feature licenses are issued as packages, each of which contains multiple features or a single feature. A package requires a license key, and installing the key enables you to access all features in the package. Data ONTAP prevents you from installing a feature license before a cluster base license key is installed.
Starting with Data ONTAP 8.2, all license keys are 28 characters in length. Licenses installed prior to Data ONTAP 8.2 continue to work in Data ONTAP 8.2 and later releases. However, if you need to reinstall a license (for example, you deleted a previously installed license and want to reinstall it in Data ONTAP 8.2 or later, or you perform a controller replacement procedure for a node in a cluster running Data ONTAP 8.2 or later), Data ONTAP requires that you enter the license key in the 28-character format.
You can find license keys for your initial or add-on software orders at the NetApp Support Site under (login required). If you cannot locate your license keys from the Software Licenses page, contact your sales or support representative.
Data ONTAP enables you to manage feature licenses in the following ways:
The cluster base license is required for the cluster to operate. Data ONTAP does not enable you to delete it.
Data ONTAP enables you to monitor feature usage in the following ways:
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.
The feature usage status can be not-used, configured, or in-use. If the usage information is not available, the status shows not-available.