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Applying or Updating a Smart-License

Applying a new Smart-License to an FTD Device

Perform one of the following procedures to smart-license the FTD device:

  • Smart-license an FTD device when onboarding using a registration token
  • Smart-license an FTD device after onboarding the device using a registration token or its credentials

Note: The FTD device may be using a 90-day evaluation license, or the license could be unregistered. 

Smart-license an FTD Device When Onboarding Using a Registration Token

  1. Log on to the Cisco Smart Software Manager and generate a new smart license token. Copy the newly generated token.
  2. Begin onboarding an FTD using a registration token. For more information, see Onboard a Firepower Threat Defense Device with a Registration Token.
  3. In step 3 of the onboarding wizard, in the Enter Smart License here box, paste the Smart-License and click Next
  4. Click Go to devices page to go to the Devices & Services page and see the progress of the onboarding process.  
    The device starts synchronizing and applies the smart-license. 
  5. Open the Devices & Services page, and you should see that the device is now in the connectivity state, Online. You may need to click "Refresh Licenses" to update the Connectivity state.

    After applying the smart-license successfully to the FTD device, click the View Licenses. The device status shows "Connected, Sufficient License." You can enable or disable the optional licenses. For more information, see Firepower Threat Defense Devices Smart Licensing Types.

Smart-license an FTD Device After Onboarding the Device Using a Registration Token or its Credentials

  1. In the navigation pane, click Devices & Services page and select the FTD device that you want to license.
  2. Under Device Details, click View Licenses.
  3. Click License Registration
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions and enter the smart-license generated from Cisco Smart Software Manager.
  5. Copy the new token in the box and click Register Device. After synchronizing with the device, the connectivity state changes to 'Online'. 

    After applying the smart-license successfully to the FTD device, the device status shows "Connected, Sufficient License." You can enable or disable the optional licenses. For more information, see Firepower Threat Defense Devices Smart Licensing Types.

Updating an Existing Smart-License of an FTD Device

You can apply a new smart-license to an FTD device which is smart-licensed. Based on the method you have selected for onboarding your device, select the appropriate procedure:  

Change the Smart-license Applied to an FTD Device Onboarded Using a Registration token

  1. Remove the corresponding FTD device from CDO.
  2. Log into the Firepower Device Manager (FDM) for that Firepower Threat Defense device and unregister the smart-license. For more information, see Unregister the smart-licensed FTD.
  3. In CDO, onboard the FTD device again using a registration token. For more information, see Onboard a Firepower Threat Defense Device with a Registration Token.
  4. Apply the new smart-license during the onboarding process or from the View License screen. 

Change the Smart-license Applied to an FTD Device Onboarded Using its Credentials

  1. Log into the Firepower Device Manager (FDM) for that Firepower Threat Defense device and unregister the smart-license. For more information, see Onboard a Firepower Threat Defense Device with a Registration Token.
  2. Apply the new smart-license to the FTD device on FDM.
  3. In CDO, perform Read Policy to take a copy of the FTD's deployed configuration and save it to CDO's own database. For more information, see Read Configuration Changes from FTD to Defense Orchestrator.