A software license is specific to F5 services (for example, BIG-IP LTM®, BIG-IP APM®, and so on) and you manage software licenses by adding them to BIG-IQ® , and then deploying them to BIG-IP® VE devices in your network. If later you decide you don't need that specific device licensed, you can revoke the license instance and grant it to another BIG-IP VE device. This process is similar to a library, where you loan (grant) a license to a BIG-IP VE when its required, and check the license back in to BIG-IQ (revoke it from the device) to grant to another BIG-IP VE. The flexible scalability you get by being able to reassign licenses to your devices, as needed, helps keep your operating costs fixed. You can deploy and revoke licenses for both managed and unmanaged devices in your network.
You can also use BIG-IQ as a local, on-site licensing manager. To do this, you must also have a pool registration key (in addition to the BIG-IQ product registration key). BIG-IQ uses the pool registration key to activate BIG-IP licenses. When you use BIG-IQ as a licensing manager, connectivity is required only between BIG-IQ and the BIG-IP VE you are licensing. No contact between the F5 license server and the BIG-IP VE is necessary; this supports network configurations where BIG-IP VE devices don't have Internet access.
You can activate a registration key in the following ways:
There are three types of F5 licenses.
|Pool licenses||Purchased once, you assign pool licenses to a number of concurrent BIG-IP VE devices, as defined by the license.|
|Utility licenses||Purchased as you need, utility licenses are billed only when assigned to a BIG-IP VE device and at a specific interval (hourly, daily, monthly, or yearly).|
|Volume licenses||Prepaid for a fixed number of concurrent devices, you assign volume licenses to BIG-IP VE devices for a set period of time.|
You get a volume or utility license from F5 Networks to make it available for assignment to BIG-IP® VEs in your network. If the BIG-IQ® system on which you are activating licensing is not connected to the public internet, you can get the license using this manual procedure, rather than automatically contacting the F5 license server.
Volume and utility licenses contain offerings, which you must activate individually.
Before you can assign a pool license to a BIG-IP® VE device, you must use a pool registration key to get a pool license from the F5 license server, and put it on the BIG-IQ® system. You can assign licenses to managed devices, as well as unmanaged devices (devices in your network, but not in the BIG-IP Inventory).To assign a license to an unmanaged device in your network, you must have the device's admin user name and password.
Create and submit a utility license usage report to F5 Networks for billing purposes, at the frequency specified in your license agreement.BIG-IQ reports your utility license usage to F5 in a specific way to avoid duplication. Your first report includes all license activity (grants and revocations) from the time you activate the utility pool license to the day before the first report is generated. Subsequent reports include all license activity that happened since the last report, up to the day before the current report is generated.