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Manual Chapter: License Management
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Overview: Licensing options

You can centrally manage BIG-IP® virtual edition (VE) licenses for a specific set of F5 offerings (for example, BIG-IP LTM® 25M, BIG-IP LTM 200G, and BIG-IP LTM 1G). When a device is no longer needed, you can revoke the license instance and assign it to another BIG-IP VE device. This flexibility keeps operating costs fixed, and allows for a variety of provisioning options. Pool licenses are purchased once, and you assign them to a number of concurrent BIG-IP VE devices, as defined by the license. These licenses do not expire.

About pool licenses

Pool licenses are purchased for a particular product offering for a fixed number of devices, but are not permanently tied to a specific device. As resource demands change, you can use iWorkflow™ Device to revoke and reassign those licenses to other BIG-IP® VE devices as required. Pool licenses do not expire.

Automatically activating a pool license

You must have a base registration key before you can activate the license pool.
If the resources you are licensing are connected to the public internet, you can automatically activate the license pool.
  1. Log in to iWorkflow™ with the administrator user name and password and select the Cloud component.
  2. On the Licenses header, click the + icon.
    The New License screen opens.
  3. In the License Name field, type the name you want to use to identify this license.
  4. In the Base Registration Key field, type or paste the iWorkflow registration key.
  5. In the Add-on Keys field, paste any additional license key you have.
  6. For the Activation Method setting, select Automatic.
    The End User Software License Agreement (EULA) displays.
  7. To accept, click the Accept button.
    The system reads your license key and adds the activated license to the License panel.

Manually activating a pool license

You must have a base registration key before you can activate the pool license.
If the iWorkflow™ Device you are licensing is not connected to the public internet, you can activate the pool license manually.
  1. Log in to iWorkflow™ with the administrator user name and password and select the Cloud component.
  2. On the Licenses header, click the + icon.
    The New License screen opens.
  3. In the License Name field, type the name you want to use to identify this license.
  4. In the Base Registration Key field, type or paste the iWorkflow registration key.
  5. In the Add-on Keys field, paste any additional license key you have.
  6. For the Activation Method setting, select Manual and click the Get Dossier button.
    The iWorkflow system refreshes and displays the dossier in the Device Dossier field.
  7. Copy the text displayed in the Device Dossier field, and click the Click here to access F5 Licensing Server link.
    Alternatively, you can navigate to the F5 license activation portal at https://activate.f5.com/license/.
  8. Click Activate License.
    The Activate F5 Product page opens.
  9. Paste the dossier into the Enter your dossier field, and then click the Next button.
    After a pause, the license key text displays.
  10. Copy the license key.
  11. On iWorkflow Device, into the License Text field, paste the license key.
  12. Click the Activate button.
    If the license does not display as activated in the Licenses panel after several minutes, click the arrow next to the license to contract the list, then click it again to expand. The screen should refresh and display the license as activated.
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