BIG-IQ system runs as a virtual machine in specifically-supported hypervisors. After you set up your virtual environment, you can license or upgrade the BIG-IQ system. You initiate the license activation process with the base registration key.
The base registration key is a character string that the license server uses to verify the functionality that you are entitled to license. If the system has access to the internet, you select an option to automatically contact the F5 license server and activate the license. If the system is not connected to the internet, you can manually retrieve the activation key from a system that is connected to the internet, and transfer it to the BIG-IQ system.
Before you can upgrade the BIG-IQ system license, you must perform the following tasks: