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Activating a license to enable MPLS on a 2911

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Sep 12th, 2013
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I have a newly deployed Cisco 2911 router and I can't figure out which license to activate so that I can enable MPLS on the router. I think the datak9 license is required, but in investigating via the CLI, I can't figure out what we need to do. Here's what I get when I do a "show ver":

Technology Package License Information for Module:'c2900'


Technology    Technology-package        Technology-package

                     Current       Type                Next reboot 


ipbase        ipbasek9      Permanent      ipbasek9

security      securityk9    Permanent      securityk9

uc               None            None               None

data            None            None               datak9

Looking at that, it appears that my datak9 package will be activated at next reboot. When I do a "show license", I see the following for the datak9 license:

Index 4 Feature: datak9                        

        Period left: 8  weeks 4  days

        Period Used: 0  minute  0  second 

        License Type: EvalRightToUse

        License State: Active, Not in Use, EULA accepted

        License Count: Non-Counted

        License Priority: Low

I also have the following configured:

license udi pid CISCO2911/K9 sn XXXXXXXXXX

license accept end user agreement

license boot module c2900 technology-package datak9

Can anyone confirm what will happen if I reboot the router? Will the datak9 package be activated? Will that allow me to enable MPLS? Will the license be permanent, or does it eventually expire?

In case anyone from Cisco sees this - I find this licensing system unbelievably confusing and frustrating. I've found specific documents online that are supposed to explain it, and it's still unintelligible.

Thanks for for any feedback...

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