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L3VPN Services Failure due to Licensing in NE40E-X1

Publication Date:  2012-07-27 Views:  108 Downloads:  0
Issue Description
C operator in Malaysia is using NE40E-X1 as MCE & NE40E-X8 as PE. L3VPN services are required on the device.
NE40E-X8 V600R003C00SPC300
NE40E-X1 V600R003C00
Board involved in X1: 8-Port 100/1000Base-X-SFP High-speed Interface Card(HIC, CR5D00E8GF70)

PE ------ MCE

Alarm Information

Handling Process
Apply license and activate the license on NE40E-X1.

license active lic_on139627_a987a4e9654_netengine40e_x1x2.dat

After active the license, a command"service-enhance slot " is also needed to enhance the typeB board to typeA board. then L3VPN can be supported.

Display license and found that L3VPN features in enabled.

< NE40E-X1>display license

Active license : cfcard:/lic_on139627_a987a4e9654_netengine40e_x1x2.dat
Item name : LCR5L3VN00
Item type : Resource
Control value : 1 // L3VPN control value is 1
Used value : 1 // L3VPN used value is 1
Item state : Normal
Item expired date : 2012-02-03
Item trial days : 60
Description : CR5S41L3VN00

Did a test:
PE(VPN bind)----(VPN bind)MCE ->can ping

Root Cause
L3VPN configuration on PE & MCE can be configured as usual, as well as OSPF MCE VPN instance capable feature on NE40E-X1. Both PE & MCE interface were bind with L3VPN instance. L3VPN ARP table & L3VPN FIB table are normal as expected. But it cannot ping each other, even direct connected interface.

Double check the configuration, it was OK. Did a few tests:
PE(VPN bind)----(VPN bind)MCE ->cant ping
PE----MCE -> can ping
PE(VPN bind) --- MCE -> can ping

Removed VPN instance bind under NE40E-X1 interface and it is working normal, and can be ping.
Suspect is NE40E-X1 license issue which restrict the L3VPN feature.

Display license and L3VPN feature is not used.

display license
Item name : LCR5L3VN00 // L3VPN service
Item type : Resource
Control value : 0 // L3VPN control value is 0
Used value : 0 // L3VPN used value is 0

//Thus, L3VPN features is not enabled.

This problem is just for LPUF20/21-B type board, the exact reason is typeB board can not support L3VPN function;If you want to use L3VPN feature on typeB board, a GTL liacense including LCR5L3VN00 should be actived, and then to upgrade the typeB board ot typeA board.
The licensing is very confusing. 2 suggestions:
  1. Proper license should be activated according to the appropriate version before shipping on site. Best if Marketing & Supply Chain can work together before the equipment shipped out.
  2. NE40E-X1 should not allowed user to configure the features if restricted. Prompt would help better to knowing the problem.