Installing licenses for the replacement node in ONTAP

You must install new licenses for the replacement node if the impaired node was using ONTAP features that require a standard (node-locked) license. For features with standard licenses, each node in the cluster should have its own key for the feature.

About this task

Until you install license keys, features requiring standard licenses continue to be available to the replacement node. However, if the impaired node was the only node in the cluster with a license for the feature, no configuration changes to the feature are allowed. Also, using unlicensed features on the node might put you out of compliance with your license agreement, so you should install the replacement license key or keys on the replacement node as soon as possible.

The licenses keys must be in the 28-character format.

You have a 90-day grace period in which to install the license keys. After the grace period, all old licenses are invalidated. After a valid license key is installed, you have 24 hours to install all of the keys before the grace period ends.


  1. If you need new license keys, obtain replacement license keys on the NetApp Support Site in the My Support section under Software licenses.

    NetApp Support

    Note: The new license keys that you require are automatically generated and sent to the email address on file. If you fail to receive the email with the license keys within 30 days, you should contact technical support.
  2. Install each license key: system license add -license-code license-key, license-key...
  3. Remove the old licenses, if desired:
    1. Check for unused licenses: license clean-up -unused -simulate
    2. If the list looks correct, remove the unused licenses: license clean-up -unused