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Activate and allocate licenses

Created by Melanie Boyd, last modified by Melanie Boyd on Sep 29, 2016

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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.

Activate licenses online

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  2. Choose License Management > License Management.
  3. Locate the license, and expand it.
  4. Copy the activation key.
  5. On the SolarWinds DPA home page, 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.

Allocate licenses to database instances

Use License Allocation to configure how your licenses are allocated to database instances. Allocate your SolarWinds DPA licenses to your registered database instances. SolarWinds DPA starts monitoring new instances immediately after you allocate your licenses. Category 1, Category 2, and Azure SQL Database licenses collect the data shown in the Performance view. VM licenses collect the data shown in the Virtualization view.

View current license allocation

  1. On the DPA home page, click License Management.
  2. See the current license allocations in the summary boxes near the top of the License Allocation page.

Allocate licenses to database instances to monitor and collect information

  1. On the License Allocation page, find the instance you want in the list of registered database instances.
  2. Select the Cat 1, Cat 2, or Azure check box next to the instance.
  3. Click Save.

    The license count is updated after you allocate a license.

Allocate VM licenses to VM database instances

If you have VM licenses, you must allocate a license to each database instance you want to collect virtual infrastructure-related data from. VM licenses are an addition to the regular SolarWinds DPA licenses required to normally monitor the database instance.

  1. On the License Allocation page, locate a VM-hosted database instance that has a Category 1 or 2 license allocated to it.
  2. Select the VM check box next to the instance.
  3. Click Save.

Deallocate licenses

Deallocate licenses to make licenses available to register other database instances. Clear the Cat 1, Cat 2, or Azure check box to deallocate licenses.

If you clear a Category 1 or 2 license from an instance that also has a VM license, SolarWinds DPA automatically clears the VM license as well.

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