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License Renewal

License Renewal

We aim to provide a simple and efficient way to renew your expiring Cisco Meraki Licenses with great pricing and quick turn-around.

To find the licenses that you need, please check your Meraki Dashboard under Organization>License Info.

There you will find a page similar to the one below, it will show you the current device count, and the number of licenses you have currently.

It also shows whether you have MX Advanced Security enabled.

If you are confident you can work out exactly which licenses you require, then please select the product license from the left side of this page to show the 1,3 or 5 Year options and add them to your cart before checking out.

Please note : it takes 1-2 business days for us to receive the License code back via email from Meraki, which we will then forward to you to apply. They don't work weekends, so if you order on a Friday, then expect not to see the license until Tuesday.

If you are in desperate need to renew because your dashboard is going to expire, you can get a short-term extension to the grace period by phoning Meraki Support and quoting your customer number.  This will allow you extra time to buy and receive the license and apply it. 

If you need help or have a large renewal ( > $3500 ) just email us a screen-shot of your 'Organization>License Info' page to sales @ cloudmanagedwifi.com with your company details, and renewal term required, and we will request special pricing from Meraki, then send you a quote.

How Meraki Licensing works

All current Cisco Meraki devices require a valid license per device to operate.

When renewing a license, or upgrading from Enterprise to an Advanced Security License on an MX, you must purchase a license for ALL individual devices resident under the organisation at the same time.

For example - If you had an MX64 Enterprise license and an AP License in the Dashboard, and you wanted to upgrade to the Advanced Security License on the MX64, you would need to purchase the MX64 Advanced Security License AND renew the AP license at the same time.

Organization-wide Licensing

Cisco Meraki licensing is applied on an Organization-wide basis. What this means is that a license isn't purchased for a specific device, rather each license added to the Organization increases the number of a specific device type that can be added to the Organization.
 
The number of devices in an organization can not exceed the license limitations, if this occurs the Organization will enter a 30 day grace period during which the Organization must be brought back in compliance. Should the Organization not be brought back into Compliance it will be shut down until proper licensing is applied to the OrganizationNote: During the grace period clients will notice no difference.

Co-termination model

Cisco Meraki Licensing is either co-terminating (the traditional way) or they now offer as well a 'per-device' model. Co-terminating means the end dates for all licensing is averaged together based on device type and licensing limits. Suppose an organization had 2 separate Enterprise AP licenses, one license is for 2 APs spanning 1-year (365 days) and another for 1 AP spanning 5-years (1825 days). The co-termination value would be calculated as ((1825*1)+(365*2))/3= 851 days per AP. This allows an Organization to add more devices and licenses over time without having to worry about a myriad of license expiration dates. 

Note: The organization co-termination date does not depend on the current device count, but rather the license limit. Removing devices from a network or organization will not impact the co-termination date.

To calculate how licenses impact each other in an organization, use the License Calculator.

Per-device model

The Per-device model differs from Co-terminating in that each specific device gets a licence assigned to it, for a specific term. This provides more flexibility for licensing across separate sites or for when you want to retire equipment from the organisation at a specific time.

One day licences are available to assign to specific devices. It is not possible to split a 1 year licence across several devices.  You must have purchased one day licences if you wish to license individual devices for a defined period under one year.

MX Licensing special considerations

Each organization is required to use either the Enterprise Edition or the Advanced Security Edition uniformly. For example, you can have all 25 appliances using Enterprise Edition or Advanced Security Edition, but you cannot have 20 appliances using one edition and 5 using the other edition. 

The following table provides a list of the additional features you get with the Advanced Security Licence.

Feature
Enterprise license
Advanced Security license
Geography based firewall rules  
Intrusion detection / prevention  
Content filtering  
Anti-virus and anti-phishing  
Youtube for Schools  
Web Search Filtering  

More information on the Meraki Licensing Model is here