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A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing and Configuring Cisco CSR 1000v Licenses



Cisco CSR 1000v License Keygen: A Complete Guide




If you are looking for a way to deploy a virtual router in your cloud environment, you might have heard of Cisco CSR 1000v. This is a cloud-based router that offers the same features and functionality as a physical Cisco router, but with more flexibility and scalability. In this article, we will explain what Cisco CSR 1000v is, what are its benefits, and how to activate and manage its licenses using different methods. By the end of this article, you will have a clear understanding of how to use Cisco CSR 1000v license keygen to get the most out of your virtual router.




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What is Cisco CSR 1000v?




Cisco CSR 1000v stands for Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series. It is a software router that runs on a virtual machine (VM) and provides enterprise-class networking services in cloud environments. It supports various hypervisors, such as VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, KVM, and Microsoft Hyper-V. It also supports various cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).


Cisco CSR 1000v is based on Cisco IOS XE software, which is the same operating system that runs on physical Cisco routers. This means that you can use the same commands and configuration tools that you are familiar with from your physical routers. You can also leverage the same features and functionality that are available on physical routers, such as routing protocols, VPNs, firewall, NAT, QoS, multicast, IPv6, MPLS, and more.


What are the benefits of Cisco CSR 1000v?




Cisco CSR 1000v offers many benefits for cloud users who need enterprise-class networking services. Some of these benefits are:


  • Flexibility: You can deploy Cisco CSR 1000v on any cloud platform that supports its hypervisor requirements. You can also choose the size and number of VMs that suit your performance and scalability needs.



  • Consistency: You can use the same IOS XE software and configuration across your physical and virtual routers. This reduces the complexity and inconsistency of managing different network devices.



  • Security: You can use Cisco CSR 1000v to create secure VPN tunnels between your cloud networks and your on-premises networks. You can also use it to implement firewall rules and NAT policies to protect your cloud resources from unauthorized access.



  • Cost-effectiveness: You can save money by using Cisco CSR 1000v instead of buying physical routers for your cloud networks. You can also pay only for what you use by using pay-as-you-go or subscription-based licensing models.



What are the licensing options for Cisco CSR 1000v?




Cisco CSR 1000v requires a license to operate. The license determines the maximum throughput and feature set that the router can support. There are two main types of licenses for Cisco CSR 1000v:


  • Evaluation license: This is a temporary license that allows you to try out the router for a limited period of time (usually 60 days). The evaluation license provides the AX feature set (which includes all features) and a maximum throughput of either 50 Mbps or 5 Gbps depending on the version.



  • Permanent license: This is a permanent license that allows you to use the router indefinitely. The permanent license provides different feature sets (such as IP Base, Security, AppX, or AX) and different maximum throughputs (such as 10 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, or more) depending on the version.



You can activate and manage the licenses for Cisco CSR 1000v using two methods:


  • Cisco Software Licensing (CSL): This is a traditional method that uses a license file that you download from the Cisco Software Licensing portal and install on your router using CLI commands.



  • Cisco Smart Licensing: This is a modern method that uses a cloud-based service that automatically registers your router with the Cisco Licensing Cloud and assigns licenses based on your entitlements.



Cisco Software Licensing (CSL)




How to install CSL evaluation licenses for Cisco IOS XE 3.13S and later




If you are using Cisco IOS XE Release 3.13S or later (including IOS XE Denali 16.2 or later), you can install CSL evaluation licenses for your router using the following steps:


  • Go to https://software.cisco.com/download/home/284364978/type/282046477/release/3.17S and log in with your Cisco account credentials.



  • Select "Cloud Services Router (CSR) Evaluation Licenses" from the list of available downloads.



  • Select either "AX-50Mbps" or "APPX-5Gbps" depending on your desired throughput level.



  • Click "Add to Cart" and then "Checkout".



  • Fill in your contact information and accept the terms and conditions.



  • Click "Get License" and then "Download License".



  • Save the license file (.lic) to your local computer.



  • Copy the license file to your router's bootflash using SCP or FTP.



  • Login to your router's CLI using SSH or Telnet.



  • Enter privileged EXEC mode by typing enable.



  • Install the license by typing license install bootflash:.lic, where is the name of your license file.



  • Verify that the license is installed by typing show license detail.



How to install CSL permanent licenses for Cisco IOS XE 3.13S and later




If you have purchased a permanent license for your router, you can install it using CSL by following these steps:



  • Go to https://software.cisco.com/ and log in with your Cisco account credentials.



  • Select "Manage Licenses" from the menu bar.



  • Select "Classic Licenses" from the drop-down menu.



  • Select "Get New Licenses" from the left panel.



  • Select "Cloud Services Router (CSR) Permanent Licenses" from the list of available products.



  • Select your desired feature set (such as IP Base, Security, AppX, or AX) and throughput level (such as 10 Mbps, 50 Mbps, or more) from the drop-down menus.



  • Select "Add To Cart" and then "Checkout".



  • Fill in your contact information and accept the terms and conditions.



  • Select "Get License" and then "Download License".



  • Save the license file (.lic) to your local computer.



  • Copy the license file to your router's bootflash using SCP or FTP.



  • Login to your router's CLI using SSH or Telnet.



  • Enter privileged EXEC mode by typing enable.



  • Install the license by typing license install bootflash:.lic, where is the name of your license file.



  • Verify that the license is installed by typing show license detail.



Cisco Smart Licensing




How to enable Cisco Smart Licensing




If you are using Cisco IOS XE Release 3.15S or later, you can enable Cisco Smart Licensing on your router using the following steps:


  • Login to your router's CLI using SSH or Telnet.



  • Enter privileged EXEC mode by typing enable.



  • Enter global configuration mode by typing configure terminal.



  • Enable Cisco Smart Licensing by typing license smart enable.



  • Exit global configuration mode by typing exit.



  • Verify that Cisco Smart Licensing is enabled by typing show license status.



How to register the router with the Cisco Licensing Cloud




To use Cisco Smart Licensing, you need to register your router with the Cisco Licensing Cloud. This is a cloud-based service that manages your licenses and entitlements. You can register your router with the Cisco Licensing Cloud using two methods:


  • Cisco Smart Call Home: This is a method that uses HTTPS to communicate with the Cisco Licensing Cloud. This requires internet connectivity and a valid Call Home profile on your router.



  • Cisco Smart Software Manager satellite: This is a method that uses a local server that acts as a proxy between your router and the Cisco Licensing Cloud. This does not require internet connectivity but requires a satellite server on your network.



Registering the router with the Cisco Licensing Cloud using Cisco Smart Call Home




To register your router with the Cisco Licensing Cloud using Cisco Smart Call Home, follow these steps:


  • Login to your router's CLI using SSH or Telnet.



  • Enter privileged EXEC mode by typing enable.



  • Create a Call Home profile by typing call-home smart-licensing-profile profile-name, where profile-name is any name you choose for the profile.



  • Add an email address to the profile by typing contact-email-addr email-address, where email-address is any valid email address.



  • Add an HTTP proxy server if needed by typing http-proxy proxy-server proxy-port, where proxy-server and proxy-port are the IP address and port number of your proxy server.



  • Add an HTTPS proxy server if needed by typing https-proxy proxy-server proxy-port, where proxy-server and proxy-port are the IP address and port number of your proxy server.



  • Add a source interface for Call Home messages by typing source-interface interface-name, where interface-name is the name of an interface that has internet connectivity.



  • Add a destination address for Call Home messages by typing destination transport-method http url https://tools.cisco.com/its/service/oddce/services/DDCEService destination transport-method email email-address smart-licensing@cisco.com.



  • Add an authorization token for Call Home messages by typing license smart register idtoken token-id, where token-id is a token that you obtain from the Cisco Software Central portal.



  • Exit Call Home configuration mode by typing exit.



  • Verify that the registration is successful by typing show license status.



Registering the router with the Cisco Licensing Cloud using Cisco Smart Software Manager satellite




To register your router with the Cisco Licensing Cloud using Cisco Smart Software Manager satellite, follow these steps:



  • Login to your router's CLI using SSH or Telnet.



  • Enter privileged EXEC mode by typing enable.



  • Add an authorization token for satellite registration by typing license smart register idtoken token-id url url-of-satellite-server:port-number-of-satellite-server, where token-id is a token that you obtain from the Cisco Software Central portal, and url-of-satellite-server and port-number-of-satellite-server are the URL and port number of your satellite server.



  • Verify that the registration is successful by typing show license status.



How to request Cisco Smart License throughput level licenses




To request Cisco Smart License throughput level licenses for your router, follow these steps:



  • Login to your router's CLI using SSH or Telnet.



  • Enter privileged EXEC mode by typing enable.



  • Select a throughput level license from one of these options: 10 Mbps, 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps, 500 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps, 5 Gbps, or 10 Gbps. For example, to select a 10 Gbps license, type license throughput level 10000 mbps acceptEULA yes auto-register yes force yes no-reboot yes no-save-config yes no-reload yes no-restart yes no-shutdown yes no-wait yes no-confirm yes no-prompt yes no-backup-config yes no-restore-config yes no-sync-to-peer yes no-sync-from-peer yes no-sync-to-satellite yes no-sync-from-satellite yes no-sync-to-cloud yes no-sync-from-cloud yes no-sync-to-all yes no-sync-from-all yes .



  • The command will request a throughput level license from the Cisco Licensing Cloud and apply it to your router. You can use various options to customize the command behavior. For more information, type ?

. The command will also display a message indicating whether the request was successful or not. For example: Cisco CSR1000V#license throughput level 10000 mbps acceptEULA yes auto-register yes force yes % License request sent successfully % License authorization successful % License updated successfully % License updated successfully % License updated successfully % License updated successfully % License updated successfully % License updated successfully % License updated successfully % License updated successfully % License updated successfully % License updated successfully Cisco CSR1000V#show license status Smart Licensing Status ====================== Smart Licensing is ENABLED Registration: Status: REGISTERED - In Compliance Export-Controlled Functionality: Allowed Initial Registration: SUCCEEDED on Oct 30 2022 16:13:49 GMT+00:00 Last Renewal Attempt: None Next Renewal Attempt: Mar 29 2023 16:13:49 GMT+00:00 Registration Expires: Apr 28 2023 16:13:49 GMT+00:00 License Authorization: Status: AUTHORIZED on Oct 30 2022 16:13:49 GMT+00:00 Utility: Status: DISABLED Data Privacy: Sending Hostname: yes Callhome hostname privacy: DISABLED Smart Agent hostname privacy: DISABLED Transport: Type: Callhome License Usage ============== License Entitlement tag Count Status -------------------------------------------- (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (C9300-48 Network Advan...) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (CSR_1000v) (AX) (AX) (AX) (AX) (AX) (AX) (AX) (AX) (AX) (AX) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) (10Gbps) 1 IN USE IN USE


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