Support for MPLS and requirement for a license on an S series switch

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Support for MPLS VPN on S series switches (except the S1700) is as follows:

- Switch model - Minimum version supporting MPLS VPN
- S5710EI - V200R002 (The S5710EI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions.)
- S5700HI - V200R001 (The S5700HI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions.)
- S5710HI - V200R003 (The S5710HI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions.)
- S5720HI - V200R007C10
- S6700EI - V200R005 (The S6700EI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions.)
- S6720EI - V200R008
- S6720S-EI - V200R009
- S7703, S7706, and S7712 - V100R003
- S9700 - V200R001
- S12704 - V200R008
- S12708 and S12712 - V200R005
- S12710 - V200R010
- S9303, S9306, and S9312 - V100R002
- S9310 - V200R010
- S9300E - V200R002
Note: For a modular switch, a license is required for MPLS. For a fixed switch, no license is required for MPLS.

Other related questions:
Do MPLS features on CE series switches require a license
On CE8800&7800&6800&5800 series switches, the MPLS function can be used without a license. On CE12800 series switches, the MPLS function is controlled by a license. By default, the MPLS function is disabled on a new CE12800 series switch. To use the MPLS function, apply for and purchase a license from the device supplier.

Do S series switches support MPLS VPN
S series switches' (except S1700 switches) support for MPLS VPN is described as follows: Model Minimum Version S3700EI V100R005 (The S3700EI is unavailable in V200R001 and later versions). Only MCE is supported. S3700HI V200R001 (applicable only to this version). Only MCE is supported. S5700EI V100R005 (The S5700EI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions). Only MCE is supported. S5710EI V200R002 (The S5710EI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions). V200R001 supports only MCE. S5700HI V200R002 (The S5700HI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions). V200R001 supports only MCE. S5710HI V200R003 (The S5710HI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions.) S5720EI V200R007C00 (The S5720EI is unavailable in V200R007C10). Only MCE is supported. S5720HI V200R007C10. V200R006, V200R007C00, and V200R008 support only MCE. S5720SI/S5720S-SI V200R008. Only MCE is supported. S6700EI 。V200R005 (The S6700EI is unavailable in V200R006 and later versions). V100R006, V200R001, V200R002, and V200R003 support only MCE. S6720EI V200R008 S7700 V100R003 S9700 V200R001 S12704 V200R008 S12708/S12712 V200R005 S9300 V100R002 S9300E V200R002 Precautions: - MPLS VPN requires a license on modular switches (S7700/9700/9300/12700 series). Separate MCEs do not require licenses. - SA series cards support only MCE. - For V200R005, X1E series cards, XGE interfaces on the ACU2, ET1D2IPS0S00, ET1D2FW00S00, ET1D2FW00S01, ET1D2FW00S02, and LE1D2FW00S01 cards do not support the BGP/MPLS IP VPN function, but support only MCE. - For V200R006, X1E series cards do not support BGP/MPLS IP VPN binding to TE tunnels. - For V200R006 and V200R007C00, X1E series cards support BGP/MPLS IP VPN, but do not support HVPN and inter-AS VPN Option B. - For V200R008, X1E series cards support BGP/MPLS IP VPN, but do not support HVPN. - For V200R007C10, X1E series cards support BGP/MPLS IP VPN, but do not support inter-AS VPN Option B. - If NAC authentication is configured on the main interface, BGP/MPLS IP VPN configured on the sub-interfaces that belong to the main interface fails.

Whether a license is required for MPLS on the AR router
The AR router can use MPLS without a license.

Functions available only after licenses are loaded to S series switch
S series fixed switches: In V200R007 and earlier versions, fixed switches, except S5720HI, do not support license files. All functions are available without the need of license. The S5720HI can increase the number of IPv4 FIB entries or connected APs by loading different licenses. In V200R007, the SVF function is provided by S5720HI after a license is loaded. Other basic functions do not need licenses. S series modular switches: The MPLS, NQA, IPv6, traffic distribution, and SVF features of the S7700&S9700&S12700 are controlled by licenses. Without the corresponding licenses loaded, the commands can be executed, but the functions do not take effect. After the corresponding licenses are loaded, X1E boards can support more FIB entries, PPPoE users, or APs. The MPLS, NQA, IPv6, traffic distribution, and service port cluster features of the S9300 are controlled by licenses. Without the corresponding licenses loaded, the commands can be executed, but the functions do not take effect. In addition, by using different licenses, X1E boards can extend FIB entries. Note: On an S9300, before a service port cluster is established, load licenses to both active/standby chassis.

What is MPLS VPN on S series switches
MPLS VPN on S series switches (except S1700 switches): The BGP/MPLS IP VPN model consists of the following parts: Customer Edge (CE): an edge device on a customer network. A CE provides interfaces that are directly connected to an SP network. A CE can be a router, switch, or host. In most cases, CEs cannot detect VPNs and do not need to support MPLS. Provider Edge (PE): an edge device on an SP network, which is directly connected to a CE. On the MPLS network, all handlings related to the VPN are performed on a PE, so the requirement on the PE performance is high. Provider (P): a backbone device on an SP network, which is not directly connected to CEs. A P device only needs to provide basic MPLS forwarding capabilities, without maintaining VPN information. PEs and Ps are managed by SPs. CEs are managed by users unless the users entrust CE management to SPs. A PE can be connected to multiple CEs. A CE can be connected to multiple PEs of the same SP or of different SPs.

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