If you are using Brocade SAN switches for your storage network, you may need to generate and activate license keys for certain features. For example, you may need a license key for Full Fabric, which allows you to connect two or more switches to form a fabric, or for Trunking, which allows you to load balance traffic across multiple inter-switch links. In this article, we will show you how to generate and activate Brocade license keys using the online portal and the command line interface.
Step 1: Get the Transaction Key
When you purchase a Brocade license, you will receive a certificate with a transaction key. The transaction key is a unique code that identifies your license purchase and allows you to generate the license key online. You can also find the transaction key in your email confirmation or invoice.
The switch ID is a 16-digit hexadecimal number that identifies your Brocade switch. You will need the switch ID to generate the license key online. You can get the switch ID by logging into your Brocade switch with admin or root account and typing the following command:
The output will look something like this:
Step 3: Generate the License Key Online
To generate the license key online, you need to access the Broadcom licensing portal at https://portal.broadcom.com/group/licensing/license-generation. You will need to log in with your registered account or create one if you don't have one. Once you are logged in, follow these steps:
Click on Brocade Products under Support and Services.
Click on Licensing.
Enter your transaction key and click Next.
Enter your switch ID and click Next.
You will see a confirmation page with your license key. Click on the blue link to view the license key.
Copy the license key and save it somewhere safe.
Step 4: Activate the License Key on Your Switch
To activate the license key on your switch, you need to log into your Brocade switch with admin or root account and type the following command:
Replace <key> with your license key. For example:
You will see a message confirming that the license has been added successfully. You can verify that the license is active by typing the following command:
The output will show you all the licenses that are active on your switch.
Step 5: Enable or Disable Ports Based on Your License
If you have added a new license or changed an existing one, you may need to enable or disable ports based on your license. For example, if you have added a POD (Ports On Demand) license, you may need to enable the additional ports that are now available. To enable or disable ports, use the following commands:
portenable <port number> or <port range>
portdisable <port number> or <port range>
For example, to enable ports 36 to 47, type:
To disable port 7, type:
You can check the status of your ports by typing the following command:
The output will show you the port number, state, type, mode and speed of each port.
In this article, we have shown you how to generate and activate Brocade license keys using the online portal and the command line interface. We hope this article has been helpful for you. If you have 0efd9a6b88