MDS FC Blade Switch for IBM - Licensing

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Mar 8th, 2010
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our customer has got installed the 20-port-switch of the "Cisco MDS Fibre Channel Blade Switch for IBM BladeCenter". He wants to change some of the links now. For that reason he asked me:

- Is there a fix relationship between a port and a license?

- Can we use any port as long as we fall below the number of licenses?

Thanks in advance and regards


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emcprateek_2 Mon, 03/08/2010 - 07:59
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Hello Matthias,

Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter (20 ports; 14 internal 2/4 Gbps, and 6 external full-rate ports) licenses for internal ports are allocated as the ports come up. Licenses for external ports are allocated sequentially.

Refer "On-Demand Port Licensing" section on CLI guide here :

Customer can select the specific external ports he wants licensed.

switch# config t

switch(config)# interface fc1/1

switch(config-if)#port-license acquire



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