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License Usage Guide

CloudEngine 12800 and 12800E Series Switches

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Overview of Licenses

Overview of Licenses


License: A license is an agreement between the supplier and customer authorizing the scope and period of using the purchased product (it refers to the software product in this document). The license enables you to obtain the services committed by the supplier. A license is composed of a license file and a license authorization certificate.


After purchasing a product, you can only use basic functions of the product. To use value-added service features or expand device resources, purchase licenses of corresponding device functions or resources to meet service requirements.

The license reduces costs for you. You can select the licenses to obtain customized functions.

License Types

  • Depending on purpose, licenses are classified into commercial (COMM) licenses and non-commercial (DEMO) licenses.

    • COMM license

      Typically, most licenses purchased according to contracts are permanently valid and some with a fixed validity period. All purchased licenses are COMM licenses.

    • Temporary license

      A temporary license is also known as a DEMO license, which is used for special purposes such as test and trial, and is strictly controlled.

  • Depending on authority, licenses are classified into functional licenses and resource licenses:

    • Functional license

      A functional license controls the usage of a specific function. To use a restricted function, obtain authorization for this function first.

    • Resource license

      A resource license is used to expand dynamic resources on the product. To expand resources, ensure that the matching function is effective and can be normally used. There might be multiple resource licenses for the same function.

      You may not select a resource license as the default license is sufficient for your resources. You can also select one or more resource licenses based on actual service needs. You can select the same resource license for multiple times or select multiple types of resource licenses. The resource quantity is the sum of all resources in all selected resource licenses.


      The resource capacity allowed by the licenses you purchased cannot exceed the maximum capacity of the product. To learn the maximum capacity of the product, contact Huawei local office.


Licenses are convenient and secure.
  • Convenience

    Installing a license file on a device does not require a device reboot and will not affect running services.

  • Security

    Traditional license mechanism binds license files to Equipment Serial Numbers (ESNs). That is, a license file belongs to only one device. If a license file is modified manually, the file becomes invalid. This protects the license against theft.

Licensing Terminology

  • License file: A license file controls the capacity, functions, and validity period of a software version. It is generated by a dedicated encryption tool based on the contract signed with Huawei and delivered as an electronic file.

    Only one license file can be loaded on a device. If features or resources provided by a license file are insufficient, you can expand the license capacity to expand features or resources available on a device. The ESDP automatically sums up all the license items on a device to generate the total capacity license file, which simply needs to be re-loaded for use.

  • License authorization certificate: Also called license certificate, it records the product name, entitlement ID (originally called LAC, which is short for License Authorization Code), customer name, and validation period. The license authorization certificate is sent to the customer by email or delivered together with the product in the form of common A4 paper or CD. It specifies the software authorization range and protects the rights of buyers.

    Only a commercial license requires a license certificate.

  • ESN: The equipment serial number is a string of characters, which uniquely identifies a device. It is used to ensure that the license is granted to the specified device. It is also called the fingerprint of a device.
  • LSN: The license serial number uniquely identifies a license file.
  • Revocation code: a character string obtained when the license revocation command is executed on a device, which is the credential for logging in to the license management system to change the ESN through self service. After you run the license revocation command on a device, the license on the device is revoked.
  • Expiration period: When the validity period of a license expires, the license enters the expiration period that is 60 days typically). In this period, features in the license file are still available. After the expiration period expires, features in the license file become unavailable.
  • Permanent license + SnS annual fee: On the basis of the license sales, software patches, software upgrade (including new features in the target version), remote support, and other services are packaged into the subscription and support (SnS) annual fee. The SnS annual fee uses the same pricing dimension as the corresponding license and customers periodically pay for the SnS annual fee as required. In this way, the long-term values of software products throughout the lifecycle are achieved. Therefore, a customer, at the first purchase, needs to purchase licenses and pay for the SnS annual fee for a period of time. If the customer does not renew the SnS annual fee after the SnS annual fee expires, the customer can only use functions provided in the licenses purchased for the current version and cannot use the service functions covered in the SnS annual fee.

  • CloudFabric N1 software package: is the abbreviation of CloudFabric IDN One Software package. This software package contains licenses for the functions of components such as CloudEngine switches and the Agile Controller-DCN. That is, it contains permanent licenses and the SnS annual fees. The CloudFabric N1 software package consists of the CloudFabric N1 foundation function package, CloudFabric N1 advanced function package, and CloudFabric N1 AI Fabric function package.

Updated: 2019-04-20

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