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Evaluate Orion platform products

This topic applies to all Orion Platform products.

When you install an Orion Platform product, you can try a fully functional product for the trial period using an evaluation license. The evaluation period for most Orion Platform products takes 30 days. It begins when you install the product and do not have a commercial license activated. You can verify the amount of time remaining for the evaluation in the License Manager.

When evaluating High Availability, the evaluation period starts when you activate the evaluation license.

When you activate a commercial license for a product, the evaluation license expires, and you lose any remaining evaluation days for the product.
The only exception is the Orion Scalability Engine Evaluation License that covers unlimited number of APEs and AWS's until the end of the evaluation period even if you activate a commercial license.

What happens when an evaluation license expires?

  • Additional Web Servers stop working.
  • Polling engines stop polling.
  • High Availability pools are disabled.
  • Orion Web Console keeps working, but displays only historical data.
  • The Evaluation license in the web-based License Manager is marked as expired until it is replaced by a commercial license.

Evaluate the performance improvement achieved by Additional Polling Engines and Additional Web Servers

When you install an Additional Polling Engine (APE) or Additional Web Server (AWS), you will find the Orion Scalability Engine Evaluation license in the License Manager on the main polling engine. With this license, each polling engine can poll unlimited number of elements for 30 days.

When you purchase and activate an APE or AWS license during the evaluation period, you can still install and use further APEs or AWS's with the Orion Scalability Engine Evaluation license until the end of the evaluation period.

When the Orion Scalability Engine Evaluation expires, the license is marked as expired in the License Manager. Purchase and activate the appropriate number of APE or AWS licenses.

Can I keep an AWS evaluation if I have commercial licenses for APEs?

Yes. If you purchased an APE license, and want to keep the option to evaluate an AWS in the future, activate the APE license before you install the APE.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings > License Manager.
  2. Click Activate, provide your activation key for the APE, and complete the activation. The license will remain unassigned.
  3. Install the APE. During the installation, the activated license will be used, and the evaluation period will not start.

When you install an AWS, the evaluation license will still be available.

You can also purchase an AWS license, activate the license before installing the AWS, and you will still be able to evaluate APEs.

Evaluate High Availability

High Availability (HA) is licensed per pool. To use the HA feature, you need to license HA pools.

With the High Availability Evaluation license, you can create an unlimited number of HA pools and use HA for 30 days. High Availability Evaluation licenses start the 30-day countdown when you add the first HA pool.

How do I evaluate High Availability?

  1. Set up high availability servers.
  2. Click Settings > All Settings > High Availability Settings > High Availability Deployment Summary, and click on Set Up High Availability Pool.
  3. Click Set Up HA Licensing in the red banner.
  4. Select Evaluate High Availability, and click Next.
  5. Complete creating the HA pool.

The 30-day evaluation period starts when you finish adding the first HA pool. The HA evaluation license is activated and assigned to the pool. You can check the number or remaining days next to the license in the web-based License Manager.

What happens when a High Availability evaluation license expires?

HA evaluation licenses expire after the 30-day evaluation period or when you add a commercial license key. When the evaluation license expires, all pools without a valid license are disabled.

To enable a pool when the evaluation expires, activate a full license and assign it to the pool.

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