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SolarWinds Orion 2016.2 feature: Web-based License Manager

Updated: 3-23-2017

Beginning with SolarWinds Orion 2016.2, the web-based License Manager replaces the previous stand-alone License Manager. With the new web-based version you can:

  • Add and manage all licenses for your environment on your main polling engine:  the License Manager pushes updates to all polling engines, web servers, High Availability pools, stacked pollers, and scalability engines. You no longer need to log in to each system to make changes. The License Manager automatically synchronizes your changes as you add, activate, and deactivate product licenses. You can also perform an immediate update.
  • Add and assign full and evaluation product licenses: to try new products and SolarWinds services, you can use the License Manager to add evaluation and full product licenses.
  • View and manage licenses on a single page in the Web Console: if your computer is designed to remain offline, the License Manager detects the offline status and automatically loads the offline mode to guide you through activation and deactivation processes for your products.

To open the License Manager, click Settings > All Settings > License Manager.

SolarWinds recommends uninstalling the License Manager product if no longer needed from your server. Running the License Manager application on any Orion server can cause issues with the web-based License Manager.

Licenses supported in the License Manager

The License Manager tracks and maintains the following license types:

  • Full product licenses
  • Scalability engine licenses
  • High Availability licenses
  • Stacked polling engines
  • Evaluation licenses for products, scalability engine, and stacked polling engines

First time using the License Manager

The first time you use the License Manager, the system surveys your environment and displays your licenses according to:

  • Installed product licenses for all products
  • Installed evaluations with duration and expiration dates
  • Server assignments per license including your main polling engine, additional polling engines, and additional web servers

The License Details page provides an overview of all product license information. The current version, number of service packs, nodes and volumes monitored, license type monitoring amounts, and active HA Pools information are listed for each license.

You can manage licenses or add licenses as needed. Additional options display for adding and using high availability evaluations.

Migrations and licenses

All licenses are managed directly from your main polling engine/Orion server, and the primary server in a High Availability scenario. To migrate, park, and manage licenses, access the License Manager directly through the main poller server.

The following instructions are a sample of steps you will complete during a migration. See the SolarWinds Migration Guide for full instructions.

  1. In the Orion Web Console, select Settings > All Settings > License Manager.
  2. Locate the license keys for products you plan to migrate.
  3. Copy and paste your activation keys to a text file that you can move to the new server.
  4. Select the product and click Deactivate. Complete the deactivation wizard. Repeat as needed for multiple products.
    Deactivating the license "parks" the license until activated on the new Orion server.
  5. Complete your migration steps to the new server. For more information on migrations, see the following guides:
  6. When ready, In the Orion Web Console, select Settings > All Settings > License Manager.
  7. Activate the licenses on the new main poller Orion server. Use the license keys you copied from the original server.
    This unparks the licenses.

Important! You should only activate licenses on the main poller or primary Orion server for your entire Orion Platform. The main poller controls the leasing of licenses to your main poller, all additional polling engines, additional web server, and secondary High Availability servers.

Evaluation licenses in the License Manager

If you want to test-drive an additional polling engine, additional web server, or a scalability engine, you can select and activate a fully functional evaluation license.

Like product licenses, you assign the evaluation license to a server, and then activate it when you are ready to bring that server online. After you activate an evaluation license, the License Manager provides a count of remaining days. When a license expires, you can verify the expiration in the License Manager.

The evaluation time period only begins when you activate the license.

To understand how scalability options can help your environment, you can add stackable polling engines, additional web servers, and a scalability engine. Using stackable servers can help with performance and expand the scalability of your polling and monitoring. For more information, see the Scalability Engine Guidelines.

Online and offline modes

If you need to keep your Orion server and products in an offline mode, the web-based License Manager provides an offline mode to manage your licenses. The system automatically detects if your polling engine does not have Internet access. As you activate licenses in offline mode, the License Manager guides you through the process to update and activate licenses.

Learn more

To learn more about using the web-based License Manager, see your product administrator guide. SolarWinds includes full details on managing your product licenses, using evaluations, and additional options for offline and online modes.

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