Provision Premium License now permanent with K.15.16.0004

HP has released K.15.16.0004 firmware for the Provision asic switch series (3500/3800/5400/8200/etc). Next to some interesting new features (DHCP Server is now supported and it can be used for the IMC BYOD Portal Redirect), this firmware also enables the old premium license feature permanently on the switches.

Update 8/11/14: This is the direct link to the firmware download:

https://h10145.www1.hp.com/downloads/SoftwareReleases.aspx?ProductNumber=J8697A&lang=&cc=&prodSeriesId=

Premium license background

Originally, Provision firmware required a license for OSPF, Multicast routing, VRRP and some other protocols which were typically required for switches with a Layer3 role in the network.

Since some years, this premium license has been included by default in the new-sold chassis switches (5400/8200). The 3500 got replaced by the 3800, which also has the premium license by default.

This only left people with older 5400/8200 chassis switches and 3500 switches with the basic features, if they wanted to have OSPF, they had to buy the premium license up until this firmware release.

By installing this release on the switches, the premium features are permanently unlocked.

Example upgrade

As I had an older 3500 in the lab which did not have the Premium license, I tested the updated code:

Review the existing system

No license, code is K.15.15.0008

HP-3500-24# show version
Image stamp:
 /ws/swbuildm/rel_nashville_qaoff/code/build/btm(swbuildm_rel_nashville_qaoff_re
l_nashville)
                Sep 11 2014 20:04:14
                K.15.15.0008
                611
Boot Image:     Primary
HP-3500-24#
HP-3500-24# show licenses

 Feature Group         License Status
 --------------------  --------------
 premium               Not Installed
   OSPF
   PIM-SM/DM
   VRRP
   QinQ
   OSPF v3 (IPv6)
   BGP


Upgrade and reboot

HP-3500-24# copy usb flash K_15_16_0004.swi primary
The Primary OS Image will be deleted, continue [y/n]?  y

Validating and Writing System Software to the Filesystem ...

HP-3500-24#
HP-3500-24#
HP-3500-24#
HP-3500-24# reboot
System will be rebooted from primary image. Do you want to continue [y/n]?  y

Rebooting the System



HP-3500-24#

Verify the license status after the upgrade

HP-3500-24# show version
Image stamp:
 /ws/swbuildm/rel_orlando_qaoff/code/build/btm(swbuildm_rel_orlando_qaoff_rel_or
lando)
                Oct  3 2014 15:39:52
                K.15.16.0004
                2565
Boot Image:     Primary
HP-3500-24#
HP-3500-24# show license

 Feature Group         License Status
 --------------------  --------------
 premium               Permanent
   OSPF
   PIM-SM/DM
   VRRP
   QinQ
   OSPF v3 (IPv6)
   BGP

Verify the license status after a downgrade

This shows that the license is permanent, so you are not required to stay on this release.

Boot device in older firmware code

HP-3500-24# show flash
Image             Size (bytes) Date     Version
----------------- ------------ -------- --------------
Primary Image    :    16719525 10/03/14 K.15.16.0004
Secondary Image  :    15925760 09/11/14 K.15.14.0009

Boot ROM Version : K.15.30
Default Boot     : Primary

HP-3500-24# 
HP-3500-24# boot system flash secondary
System will be rebooted from secondary image. Do you want to continue [y/n]?  y
...

Verify version and license

HP-3500-24# show version
Image stamp:
 /ws/swbuildm/rel_memphis_qaoff/code/build/btm(swbuildm_rel_memphis_qaoff_rel_me
mphis)
                Sep 11 2014 19:47:40
                K.15.14.0009
                606
Boot Image:     Secondary
HP-3500-24#


HP-3500-24# show license

 Feature Group         License Status
 --------------------  --------------
 premium               Permanent
   OSPF
   PIM-SM/DM
   VRRP
   QinQ
   OSPF v3 (IPv6)
   BGP

 

 

 

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