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brocade port licensing

Hello there.

I know this is not a brocade community, but I also know that there are a lot of versatile specialists here and I think someone will help me with my question about brocade port licensing (furthermore I`ve already posted my question on brocade forum but still got no answer).

Well I got Brocade 5480 Embedded Switch in HP c7000 Enclosure with FOS 7.4.1, here is "switchshow":

swshow.png

So according "switchshow" there are 8 licensed ports and 16 unlicensed.

Here is "licenseport --show":

licport.png

According to this no Port on Demand license is installed, so how Dynamic POD method could be in use? "licenseshow" shows that "Fabric license", "Enhanced Group Management license" and "8 Gig FC license" are installed.

Also I still got 4 "license reservations", how can I assign 4 more ports to use default license? May be "licenseport --reserve"? Also I would like to know how these licenses assigned to ports when I get new switch from the vendor. Are these licenses pre-assigned or the assignment should be done manually?

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I got an answer from brocade community:

Hello there.

This question does come up from time to time, as the Dynamic Port Licensing was recently introduced.  It allows the customer to assign ports as they would like, as opposed to being statically assigned or hard coded into the POD License.  Typically this is used on a fix port switch, like a 1U 6510 or 2U 6520, whereby the customer would like to use specific ports as they upgrade their PODs to take advantage of ASIC diversity, redunancy, etc.  In your case, the 5480 is an Embedded Switch, however, you can still assign ports to the license as needed, just like with a regular switch, one port at a time manually, or use dynamic port license as is, it will dynamically consume those ports as they come online.

So you have two choices really.  You can either release the ports that are consuming some of the licensed ports now, placing them back in the "Free" pool, or you can bring ports online in the right order.

If you decide to change your mind later, you can release the ports and move them around.

Use the commands:

licenseport --show  (to understand how they are laid out currently)

licenseport --release 2 (will release port 2, back into the "free pool" aka "reserve pool")

licenseport --reserve 1 (will reserve port 1, whether the port is online or not, it will manually place port 1 in the Base POD)

Check your work again with:

licenseport --show

Hope it helps.

Thanks.

JF

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I got an answer from brocade community:

Hello there.

This question does come up from time to time, as the Dynamic Port Licensing was recently introduced.  It allows the customer to assign ports as they would like, as opposed to being statically assigned or hard coded into the POD License.  Typically this is used on a fix port switch, like a 1U 6510 or 2U 6520, whereby the customer would like to use specific ports as they upgrade their PODs to take advantage of ASIC diversity, redunancy, etc.  In your case, the 5480 is an Embedded Switch, however, you can still assign ports to the license as needed, just like with a regular switch, one port at a time manually, or use dynamic port license as is, it will dynamically consume those ports as they come online.

So you have two choices really.  You can either release the ports that are consuming some of the licensed ports now, placing them back in the "Free" pool, or you can bring ports online in the right order.

If you decide to change your mind later, you can release the ports and move them around.

Use the commands:

licenseport --show  (to understand how they are laid out currently)

licenseport --release 2 (will release port 2, back into the "free pool" aka "reserve pool")

licenseport --reserve 1 (will reserve port 1, whether the port is online or not, it will manually place port 1 in the Base POD)

Check your work again with:

licenseport --show

Hope it helps.

Thanks.

JF

Solved: Re: port license - Brocade Community Forums - 87675

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