Understanding license types and the licensed method helps you manage the licenses in a cluster.
A package can have one or more of the following types of license installed in the cluster. The system license show command displays the installed license type or types for a package.
A standard license is a node-locked license. It is issued for a node with a specific system serial number (also known as a controller serial number). A standard license is valid only for the node that has the matching serial number.
Installing a standard, node-locked license entitles a node to the licensed functionality. For the cluster to use licensed functionality, at least one node must be licensed for the functionality. It might be out of compliance to use licensed functionality on a node that does not have an entitlement for the functionality.
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, all nodes in the cluster automatically have the standard license for the package that the previously licensed functionality is part of. The system license show command with the -legacy yes parameter indicates such licenses.
A site license is not tied to a specific system serial number. When you install a site license, all nodes in the cluster are entitled to the licensed functionality. The system license show command displays site licenses under the cluster serial number.
If your cluster has a site license and you remove a node from the cluster, the node does not carry the site license with it, and it is no longer entitled to the licensed functionality. If you add a node to a cluster that has a site license, the node is automatically entitled to the functionality granted by the site license.
An evaluation license is a temporary license that expires after a certain period of time (indicated by the system license show command). It enables you to try certain software functionality without purchasing an entitlement. It is a cluster-wide license, and it is not tied to a specific serial number of a node.
If your cluster has an evaluation license for a package and you remove a node from the cluster, the node does not carry the evaluation license with it.
It is possible to install both a cluster-wide license (the site or demo type) and a node-locked license (the license type) for a package. Therefore, an installed package can have multiple license types in the cluster. However, to the cluster, there is only one licensed method for a package. The licensed method field of the system license status show command displays the entitlement that is being used for a package. The command determines the licensed method as follows: