Right-To-Use Licensing

Right-to-use (RTU) licensing allows you to order and activate a specific license type and level, and then to manage license usage on your switch.

The types of licenses available to order are:

  • Permanent licenses—Purchased with a specific feature set with no expiration date.
  • Evaluation licenses—pre-installed on the switch and is valid for only a 90 day in-use period. To activate a permanent or evaluation license, you are required to accept the End-User License Agreement (EULA). For the evaluation license, you are notified to purchase a permanent license or deactivate the license before the 90 day period expires. A permanent license can be moved from one device to another. To activate a license, you must reboot your switch. An evaluation license is a manufacturing image on your switch and is not transferable to another switch. This type of license cannot be reactivated after reboot.

Right-to-use imaged licenses support a set of features based on a specific image-based license:

  • LAN Base—Layer 2 features.
  • IP Base—Layer 2 and Layer 3 features.
  • IP Services—Layer 2, Layer 3, and IPv6 features. (Applicable only to switches and not controllers.)

Right-To-Use License States

After you configure a specific license type and level, you can manage your licenses by monitoring the license state.

Guidelines to follow

when monitoring your image based license state:

  • A purchased permanent license is set to Active, In Use state only after a switch reboot.
  • If more than one license was purchased, a reboot will activate the license with the highest feature set.For instance, the IP Services license is activated and not the LAN Base license.
  • Remaining licenses purchased after switch reboot, stay in Active, Not In Use state.

Activating an Imaged Based License


  1. license right-to-use activate {ipbase |ipservices | lanbase} {all | evaluation all } [slot slot-number] [ acceptEULA]

Switch# license right-to-use activate ipservices all acceptEULA

  1. reload [ LINE | at | cancel | in | slot stack-member-number | standby-cpu ]

Switch# reload slot 1

Proceed with reload? [confirm] y

  1. show license right-to-use usage [ slot slot-number ]

Switch# show license right-to-use usage

If you see license is activate but not in use follow below steps :

1.Check status with below command

Switch # Show license

Output shows

Index 1:  License Name: ipservices

Period left: Lifetime

License Type: permanentRightToUse

License State: Active, Not in Use, EULA accepted

License Count: Non-Counted

License Location: Slot 1

2.Use below command to boot ipservices license and reload

Switch(config): License boot level ipservices

Switch# reload

Proceed with reload? [confirm] y