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[All About Switches] Q&A: How Do I Obtain COMM Licenses for an S Series Switch?

Latest reply: Apr 26, 2018 15:27:01 983 1 0 0 0

 Hello everyone,

Today I will share with you how to obtain COMM license for an S switch.

COMM licenses need to be obtained in the following scenarios: new site projects and capacity expansion projects.

Obtaining COMM Licenses for New Site Projects


For new site projects with contracts, COMM licenses are generated according to the orders. Onsite engineers need to download and install the licenses bound to ESNs.

Two methods are available for obtaining COMM licenses in this scenario: entitlement activation and password activation. In entitlement activation mode, select the specified entitlement ID, bind it to the network element (NE), and activate the entitlement. This mode is applicable to scenarios where the mappings between entitlements and NEs are clarified.


Step 1     Find the license certificate in the delivery accessories and obtain the entitlement ID (LAC) or activation ID.


The license certificate is provided to customers in ** papers or CD-ROMs.20180426205012337002.png

Step 2     Log in to the device and run the display esn command in any view to obtain the ESN of the device.


For a CSS, you can run the display esn command to obtain the ESNs of all member MPUs. If the ACU2&IPS Module&NGFW Module licenses are involved, you need to log in to the ACU2&IPS Module&NGFW Module to obtain the ESN.

Step 3     Log in to the ESDP system at

Step 4     Activate the license.

l  Entitlement activation.

a. Choose License Activation > Entitlement Activation in the navigation tree on the left. The entitlement activation of the page is displayed.

b. Select one or more entitlements.


i. Set the search criteria and click Search & Refresh.

ii. Select entitlements in the search result.

iii. Click Next. The page for binding ESNs is displayed.

c. Bind the ESNs of devices to the entitlements.

Enter ESNs or click 20180426205014078004.png to select existing devices. Click Next.


d. Confirm activation.

Check whether activation information is correct. If so, click Activate License. If not, click Back.


e. Click Download to download the license file.


Password activation.

a.  Choose License Activation > Password Activation in the navigation tree on the left. Enter the entitlement ID (LAC) or activation ID in Password, and select I have read the above carefully and then Next.20180426205016110008.png

b.  Enter the ESN of the device.

c.  Confirm activation.

d.  Click Download to download the license file.


Obtaining COMM Licenses for Capacity Expansion Projects


The entitlement ID (LAC) and capacity expansion contract ID have been obtained.

The device ESNs have been obtained.

The product name and ESN in the contract are the same as those on the live network

The entitlement in Ready state is available for the device that requires capacity expansion.


For capacity expansion projects, the license management system automatically combines the licenses on the same device to generate a new license file. The version of the product with capacity expanded must be the same as or later than the version of the current product.


Step 1      Log in to the ESDP system at

Step 2     Verify that the capacity expansion conditions are met.

1. Click Equipment(Node) Management in the navigation tree on the left.

2. On the Equipment(Node) Management page, enter the ESN of a specified device and click Search to verify that authorization information about this device exists on the ESDP system and the ESN of the device is correct.20180426205017290009.png

3. Verify the delivery status of the license in the search result.

 If the status is Activated, roll back the license status to Ready by referring to 4.6 Rolling Back a License and continue with Step 3.

 If the status is Ready, go to Step 3.

 If any other status is displayed, contact Huawei technical support personnel.

Step 3     For subsequent operations, see Obtaining COMM Licenses for New Site Projects.


For details, see the S Series Switches License Usage Guide.

Step 1     Log in to the enterprise technical support website at

Step 2     Click Switches.


Step 3     Click the name of the product to be queried, for example, S5700.


Step 4     Choose Installation & Upgrade> License Guide to find the License Usage Guide for your switch model.


Step 5     Open the License Usage Guide. Choose License Management > Applying for Licenses in the navigation tree on the left, and follow the instructions.

 S1720&S5700&S6720 Series Switches License Usage Guide|21782164|21782167|22318564|6691579

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S9300&S9300E&S9300X Series Switches License Usage Guide|21782164|21782186|22318596|16531

That is all I want to share with you! Thank you!


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MVE Created Apr 26, 2018 15:27:01

useful document, thanks
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