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The following information provides an example of installing AP licenses.


The following information applies to Comware 7-based access controllers and access points. Procedures and information in the examples might be slightly different depending on the software or hardware version of the access controllers and access points.

The configuration examples were created and verified in a lab environment, and all the devices were started with the factory default configuration. When you are working on a live network, make sure you understand the potential impact of every command on your network.

The following information is provided based on the assumption that you have basic knowledge of licensing.

Example: Installing AP licenses on an AC

Network configuration

As shown in Figure 1, install AP licenses on the AC for the AC to manage the AP and for the AP to provide wireless services to the client.

Figure 1 Network diagram


Restrictions and guidelines

·     Purchase licenses from H3C authorized channels.

·     To identify the validity periods of the licenses that have been installed on the device, execute the display license command. If the license for a feature is time limited, install a new license for the feature before the old license expires.

·     When you operate DID files or activation files, follow these restrictions and guidelines:

¡     To avoid licensing error, do not modify the file name or edit the file content.

¡     Before you install an activation file, download the activation file to the storage media of the device such as flash memory. When installing an activation file, the device automatically copies the activation file to the license folder in the root directory of the storage media. The license folder stores important files for licensing. For licensed features to function correctly, do not delete or modify the license folder or the files in this folder.


Obtaining a license key

After you obtain a license key, back up it and keep the backup license key in a safe place for future use.

Obtaining a formal license key

To use a license-based feature, purchase a software license certificate for it. The authorization serial number in the software license certificate is the license key.

Obtaining a trial license key

If you need a trial license key to verify the functionality of a feature before you making a purchase decision, contact your H3C sales representative or H3C Support.

Identifying the license storage on the AC

To identify the free space of the license storage, execute the following command in any view:

<Sysname> display license feature

Total: 360  Usage: 0

Feature                         Licensed        State

APMGR                           N               -

From the command output, view the Total and Usage fields to examine whether the remaining license storage is sufficient for installing new licenses. If the remaining license storage is not sufficient, compress the license storage.

The remaining license storage equals to the total amount of license storage minus the used amount of license storage.

Compressing the license storage on the AC

About this task

The license storage stores licensing information and has a fixed size.

You compress the license storage to delete expired and uninstalled license information to ensure sufficient storage space for installing new licenses.

Restrictions and guidelines

If uninstalled licenses or expired licenses exist on the AC, the compression operation will make the DID or DID file change. You will be unable to install the activation file obtained by using the old DID or DID file on the AC. As a best practice, install all activation files registered with the old DID or DID file before performing a compression.


# Compress the license storage.

<Sysname> system-view

[Sysname] license compress

This command will delete all data relevant to uninstalled and expired keys/licenses, including Uninstall keys, and create a new device ID for activation keys/files.Make sure you have saved the Uninstall keys so you can apply for a new activation key/file for the unexpired licenses that were covered by the uninstalled activation keys/files.

Are you sure you want to continue? [Y/N]: Y

This operation might take some time. Do not perform any other operations until the operation is completed or a failure message is displayed. Please wait...Done.

Obtaining device information from the AC

# Obtain the device SN and DID file.

<Sysname> display license device-id

SN: 210235A1JMC166XXXXXX


Device ID: flash:/license/210235A1JMC166XXXXXX.did

# Use FTP or TFTP to upload the DID file to a local file system.

<Sysname> tftp put flash:/license/210235A1JMC166XXXXXX.did

Press CTRL+C to abort.

  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current

                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed

100  1029    0     0  100  1029      0  43527 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 60529



Requesting an activation file on H3C License Management Platform

Adding license keys

1.     Access H3C License Management Platform at http://www.h3c.com/en/License.

Figure 2 Accessing H3C License Management Platform


2.     On the License Activation Requests tab, add license keys.

Figure 3 Adding license keys


3.     Select license keys to be activated, and then click Next.

Binding license keys to the AC

1.     Click the  icon next to the empty Device ID box in the license key entry. In the dialog box that opens, enter the required device information, and then click OK.

For information about how to obtain device information, see "Obtaining device information from the AC."

Figure 4 Entering device information


2.     Review the bindings carefully. Make sure you understand the impact of the binding operation, and then select the option that explicitly states so.

Figure 5 Reviewing the bindings


3.     Click Next.

Specifying customer information

Enter customer information, and then click Next.

Figure 6 Customer information


Reviewing information and activating the licenses

1.     Review the license key and device information and then select I accept all terms of H3C Legal Statement.

2.     Click Confirm & Activate.

Figure 7 Confirming and activating the licenses


3.     Double-check the license key and device information, and then click OK.

Figure 8 Confirming information


4.     Click Get Activation Info to download an activation file to the local disk.

Figure 9 Obtaining activation information


Installing an activation file on the AC



Back up an activation file before you install it. If the activation file is inadvertently deleted or becomes unavailable for some other reason, you can use the backup activation file to restore the license.


# Use FTP or TFTP to upload the activation file to be installed to the AC.

<Sysname> tftp get 210235A1JMC166XXXXXX1909581318505.ak

Press CTRL+C to abort.

  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current

                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed

100  2594  100  2594    0     0  42681      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 48943

Writing file...Done.

# Install the activation file.

<Sysname> system-view

[Sysname] license activation-file install flash:/210235A1JMC166XXXXXX1909581318505.ak

This operation might take some time. Do not perform any other operations until this operation is completed. Please wait...Done.


Verifying the configuration

# On the AC, view license information to verify that an AP license has been installed.

[Sysname] display license


Feature: APMGR

Product Description: Enhanced Access Controller License,8 APs,for Verticals,for V7

Registered at: 2021-05-19 17:29:14

License Type: Trial (days restricted)

Trial Time Left (days): 180

Current State: In use


Pre-installed License

Feature: APMGR

Feature Description: PreAtom This is APMGR license

Time Left (days): 0

Current State: Expired



Related documentation

·     License Management Configuration Guide in H3C Access Controllers Configuration Guides

·     License Management Command Reference in H3C Access Controllers Command References