[c-nsp] IOS-XE Smart licensing

Nick Hilliard nick at foobar.org
Wed Feb 24 06:43:34 EST 2021

Dave Bell wrote on 24/02/2021 11:28:
> It's all a massive pain. We have kit that randomly stops calling in, and
> generates angry messages in dashboards.
> The sneaky alternative is that it's all honour based anyway (at least for
> the range we are using). Just let it sit in eval mode and move on with your
> life.

it's an RTU license until it's not.  Then you have a network which 
depends on a code path which polls the question: "should I continue to 
operate?", and where the default answer is usually "no" unless signaled 

There are many ways of building reliable networks.  I'm not aware of any 
which include using code where the default is to stop working unless 
explicitly told otherwise.


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