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Home > Success Center > Log & Event Manager (LEM) > Log & Event Manager (LEM) Documentation > Log & Event Manager Installation Guide > Choose a licensing method for your LEM deployment

Choose a licensing method for your LEM deployment

Updated: August 30, 2017

This section explains how LEM licenses are assigned. It also discusses how to transition from an evaluation version of LEM to a fully-functional production version. 

For more information, see the following topics in the LEM Administrator Guide:

About LEM licensing

Licensing a Log & Event Manager deployment is based on:

  • The number of universal nodes. Universal nodes include non-agent devices, such as switches, routers, and firewalls, and systems running either a Windows Server or Unix operating system.
  • The number of workstation nodes. Workstation nodes include desktop systems that run Windows and the LEM Agent.

For example, a LEM deployment that has a LWE250 for LEM30 license can add 250 Windows workstation nodes and 30 universal nodes.

Licensing an evaluation version of LEM

If you are evaluating Log & Event Manager, you do not need to apply an activation key to activate the LEM VM. For 30 days, you will have unlimited access to all product features.

If you have not purchased and provided a license key after 30 days, the application will stop collecting event logs from your syslog and Agent devices. You can continue using Log and Event Manager in this mode and access your saved logs. Applying a license reactivates event log collection and you can continue monitoring all events in your deployment. If you need to extend your evaluation period, contact Customer Sales.

You can upgrade to a fully-functional production version by purchasing a new license from Customer Sales and downloading the license key from the Customer Portal. After you install the new license key, you can access all features within the LEM appliance.

You cannot upgrade your license using the SolarWinds License Manager.

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