A software license is specific to F5 product services (for example, BIG-IP® LTM®, BIG-IP APM®, and so forth), and is organized in a license pool. Each license pool contains a specific type of license. From BIG-IQ®Centralized Management, you can easily manage licenses in those pools for numerous devices. That means you don't have to log in to each individual BIG-IP VE device to activate, revoke, or reassign a license.
After you activate a pool license's registration key from BIG-IQ, you can assign the license to a managed, or unmanaged, BIG-IP VE device. If you assign a license from a license pool to a BIG-IP device and later decide you don't need that device licensed, you can revoke the license and assign it to another BIG-IP VE device. This process is similar to a library, where you loan (assign) a license to a BIG-IP device when it is required, and check the license back into the license pool on BIG-IQ (revoke it from the device) so it is available to assign to another BIG-IP VE. This flexible licensing model helps keep track of the licenses, and manage your operating costs.
There are four types of license pools. You can assign, revoke, and reassign licenses from these pools as needed.
|License Pool Type||Description|
|Purchased Pool||Prepaid pool of a specific number of concurrent license grants for a single BIG-IP® service, such as LTM. For example, a purchased pool of 25 licenses for BIG-IP® LTM® allows you to license up to 25 concurrent BIG-IP VE systems for LTM.|
|Utility Pool||Designed for service providers, utility pools contain licenses for BIG-IP services you grant for a specific unit of measure (hourly, daily, monthly, or yearly). This means you can pay for licenses as needed with no limit to the number of licenses you can grant. From BIG-IQ®Centralized Management, you can automatically submit a license usage report. F5 uses that report to calculate billing based on the licensed services, duration of the license grant, and the unit-of-measure pricing. To purchase a utility pool license, you must have a master service agreement.|
|Volume Pool||Prepaid subscription (1 and 3 year terms) for a fixed number of concurrent license grants for multiple BIG-IP services. To purchase a volume pool, you must have a master service agreement.|
|Registration Key Pool||A pool of single standalone BIG-IP VE registration keys for one or more BIG-IP services. Because you are managing these registration keys from BIG-IQ Centralized Management (instead of directly from the BIG-IP device), you can revoke and reassign a license to BIG-IP VE systems without having to contact F5 to allow the license to be moved.|
Activating a registration key is the first step to getting a BIG-IP® VE pool license onto F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management so you can start managing it. You can activate a registration key in these ways:
You can use this procedure to automatically contact the F5 license server for activation if F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management system is:
You activate a registration key for a purchased, volume, or utility pool license to get a BIG-IP license and make it available for assignment to BIG-IP® VEs in your network. When you activate a volume or pool license using this method, the BIG-IQ® Centralized Management system activates the associated offerings automatically.
You activate a registration key to get a pool license to make it available for assignment to BIG-IP® VEs in your network. If the BIG-IQ® Centralized Management you're activating a license on is not connected to the public internet, you can activate the registration key using this manual procedure, rather than automatically contacting the F5 license server.
Volume and utility pool licenses contain offerings. Offerings are specific to the services based on F5 Networks' Good, Better, Best licensing structure. If you are manually contacting the F5 Networks license server to activate those registration keys, you must activate each associated offering individually.
You can automatically contact the F5 license server for activation if the F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management system meets these criteria:
You add and activate standalone registration keys to a registration key pool to make them available for assignment to BIG-IP® VE devices from BIG-IQ Centralized Management. This gives you the flexibility to assign and revoke licenses as needed for your managed devices, without requiring you to contact F5.
You add and activate standalone registration keys to a registration key pool to make them available for assignment to BIG-IP® VE devices from F5® BIG-IQ® Centralized Management. This gives you the flexibility to assign and revoke licenses as needed for your managed devices, without requiring you to contact F5. If your BIG-IQ system is not connected to the public internet, you can activate the registration key using this manual procedure, rather than automatically contacting the F5 license server.
Once you have activated a license on F5® BIG-IQ®Centralized Management, you can assign and revoke those licenses for your managed and unmanaged BIG-IP® VE devices in your network.
After you have activated a utility or volume pool license's registration key, you can assign it to a BIG-IP® VE device.
To assign a license to an unmanaged device in your network, you must have the device's admin user name and password.
Pool license usage reports give you insight into how you're using your pool licenses. You can run this report for both currently-assigned and previously-assigned pool licenses. These reports can help you budget for future license purchases. If you're using a utility license, a utility usage report provides F5 Networks the information it needs to accurately bill for your license usage.
You create and submit a utility pool license usage report to F5 for billing purposes, at the frequency specified in your license agreement.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. Reports that follow include all license activity that happened since the last report, up to the day before the current report is generated.