according to the NetApp license agreement software licenses are not transferrable.
So even if you bought the hardware off ebay, the previous owner is not entitled to sell the licenses with it, and adhering to the ELA he obviously also didn't, otherwise you wouldn't ask.
So in order to get a cluster base as well any feature licenses you need to have a valid contract with NetApp.
To quote from the ONTAP ELA:
3. License Grant. NetApp grants to You a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferrable, worldwide, limited and revocable license, without the right to sublicense, to i) install and use the Software for Your internal business purposes only, and ii) use the Documentation in support of Your use of the Software.
The Software associated with Your license is either bundled with a specific storage controller identified by a unique serial number (“Controller-based”), or is independent of a storage controller (“Standalone”), and Your license is one of the following license types: a) “Life-of-controller”: Controller-based licenses granted for the period of time during which Your storage controller is operable; b) “Perpetual”: Standalone licenses granted in perpetuity; c) “Term”: Controller-based licenses or Standalone licenses granted for a fixed period of time; d) “Capacity”: Controller-based licenses or Standalone licenses granted for a specified amount of raw storage capacity, number of hosts or other measure of usage; and e) “Subscription”: Controller-based licenses or Standalone licenses which may be purchased on a periodic basis.
We also do have an evaluation program, but this is limited to certain features only and we provide time-limited license keys. A relationship with NetApp also needs to be in place (partner, VAR, customer,...), but would also give you limited time only.
I have searched repeatedly for a solution to this and i have read a few stories ot netapp helping people with this. I would like to use this filer for home use. I currently have a older dell and that is running a VM and one of them is ubuntu server and on that i have the fiber HBA card that connects to a ds14mk2. This is slow so i purchased this 3020 with hopes of it working. Other then putting freenas on the 3020 is there any other solutions that netapp would help with. I payed good money for this filer and hate to see it bricked. can someone help?