Managing licenses (cluster administrators only)

A license is a record of one or more software entitlements. Installing license keys, also known as license codes, enables you to use certain features or services on your cluster. ONTAP enables you to manage feature licenses and monitor feature usage and license entitlement risk.

All license keys are 28 characters in length. Licenses installed prior to ONTAP 8.2 continue to work in ONTAP 8.2 and later releases. However, if you need to reinstall a license (for example, you deleted a previously installed license and want to reinstall it in ONTAP 8.2 or later, or you perform a controller replacement procedure for a node in a cluster running ONTAP 8.2 or later), ONTAP requires that you enter the license key in the 28-character format.

You can find license keys for your initial or add-on software orders at the NetApp Support Site under My Support > Software Licenses (login required). If you cannot locate your license keys from the Software Licenses page, contact your sales or support representative.

ONTAP enables you to manage feature licenses in the following ways:

ONTAP enables you to monitor feature usage and license entitlement risk in the following ways: