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Activate and allocate licenses

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You must allocate a license to each database instance that you want to monitor. After the DPA trial period ends, DPA monitors only licensed instances. Make sure that you have the correct license types for the instances you want to monitor.

Instances without a license allocated to them remain registered with DPA, and you can view performance data that was collected in the past. You can move a license from one registered instance to another if necessary.

To allocate licenses, complete the following tasks:

  1. Activate your licenses.
  2. Allocate licenses to database instances.
  3. Optionally, allocate VM licenses.

Updated: November 62017

After you have purchased individual licenses, you must activate the licenses to make them available to the DPA server.

If your DPA server is deployed in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, DPA uses subscription licensing. You do not need to purchase, activate, or allocate individual licenses.

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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