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Activate DPA licenses

Updated: August 30, 2018

After the DPA trial period ends, DPA monitors only licensed instances. If your DPA server uses individual licenses, you must activate a license for each database instance that you want to monitor.  Make sure that you have the correct license types for the database instances you want to monitor.

Activate licenses online

If the DPA server is connected to the internet, you can activate licenses online.

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  2. Choose Licenses > Manage Licenses.
  3. Locate the license, and expand it.
  4. Copy the activation key.
  5. On the SolarWinds DPA homepage, click License Management. Then click License Manager.
  6. Click Enter Activation Key.
  7. Select Online Activation, and click Next.
  8. On the Online Activation page, paste the activation key into the correct field.
  9. In the Amount to Activate section, select All Available or Specify Amount.

    Unactivated licenses can be activated later. You can reuse an activation key on a different SolarWinds DPA server and activate remaining licenses there.

  10. Enter the remaining information, and click Activate.

Activate licenses offline

Offline activation requires a transfer of files between the SolarWinds DPA server and a computer connected to the Internet. You can use email, shared storage, or a USB flash drive.

  1. In SolarWinds DPA, click License Management > License Manager.
  2. Click Enter Activation Key.
  3. Select Offline Activation, and click Next.
  4. On the Offline Activation page, copy the text string next to the license type you want to activate, and save it to a text file. This is your unique machine ID. Include the brackets. For example:

    [7R12-X2QN-U8XM-WXTD-23H7-0TD7-59QH-6ERF-5BRN-2M17-328G-0DT2-MNMS-005C-000Z-04Q2-0000]

  5. Transfer this text file to a computer with Internet access.
  6. Log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  7. Locate the license, and expand it.
  8. Click Activate license manually.
  9. Paste the text string into the Unique Machine ID field, and enter the other required information.
  10. Click Generate License File to download the license file.
  11. Transfer the license file to the SolarWinds DPA server.
  12. On the Offline Activation page, click Choose File and browse to the license file you just transferred.
  13. Click Activate.

Next steps

After you have activated your DPA licenses, you can register database instances and allocate a license to each registered instance.

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