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License management with primary and secondary licenses in Virtualization Manager version 6.2

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Overview

In Virtualization Manager version 6.2, the license you have to apply consists of two parts: a primary and a secondary license. The difference between the two licenses is the following:

  • The primary license key is installed on the Virtualization Manager appliance.
  • The secondary license key is installed on the SolarWinds Orion server if you integrated Virtualization Manager with your SolarWinds Orion server.
  • The secondary license is not used if you use Virtualization Manager without integrating it with a SolarWinds Orion server.

Note: You can integrate one Virtualization Manager with one SolarWinds Orion server. To integrate Virtualization Manager with a different SolarWinds Orion server, deactivate both the primary and the secondary license. The licenses then become available to be activated again on a different instance.

The following sections provide information about the different steps and order of activating your Virtualization Manager license, depending on the additional Orion platform products you use and integrate Virtualization Manager with.

Environment

VMan version 6.2

Steps

Activating the license on a standalone Virtualization Manager installation

If you install a standalone Virtualization Manager, or upgrade a Virtualization Manager appliance that is not integrated with the SolarWinds Orion server, perform the following steps to activate your license.
  1. Install or upgrade the Virtualization Manager appliance. For installation instructions, see Installing as a Virtual Appliance, for upgrade instruction, see Upgrading an existing virtual appliance in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  2. Activate the primary license key on the appliance. For license activation instructions, see Activating a license key online or Activating a license key offline in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
Note: An error message is displayed if you attempt to install the secondary license on the Virtualization Manager appliance.

 

Activating the license on Virtualization Manager integrated with the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor

If you install or upgrade a Virtualization Manager appliance that is integrated with the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor, install the products and activate the license keys in the following order.

 

New installation:

  1. Install the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor and the Virtualization Manager appliance. For installation instructions, see Installing the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor in standalone mode and Installing as a Virtual Appliance in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  2. Integrate the Virtualization Manager appliance with the SolarWinds Orion server.
  3. Activate the primary license key on Virtualization Manager. For license activation instructions, see Activating a license key online or Activating a license key offline in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  4. Activate the secondary license key on the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor.
Note: You can also activate the primary license key on the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor, and the secondary license key on Virtualization Manager.

 

Upgrade:

  1. Upgrade the Virtualization Manager appliance. For upgrade instruction, see Upgrading an existing virtual appliance in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  2. Install the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor. For installation instructions, see Installing the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor in standalone mode in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  3. Integrate the Virtualization Manager appliance with the SolarWinds Orion server.
  4. Activate the primary license key on the Virtualization Manager appliance. For license activation instructions, see Activating a license key online or Activating a license key offline in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  5. Activate the secondary license key on the SolarWinds Orion server.

Note: You can also activate the primary license key on the SolarWinds Orion server, and the secondary license key on Virtualization Manager.

 

Activating the license on a Virtualization Manager instance licensed per VM

If you use a Virtualization Manager appliance that is licensed per VM instead of per socket, upgrade the products and activate the license keys in the following order.
  1. Upgrade the SolarWinds Orion server.
  2. Upgrade the Virtualization Manager appliance. For upgrade instruction, see Upgrading an existing virtual appliance in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  3. Activate the primary license key on Virtualization Manager. For license activation instructions, see Activating a license key online or Activating a license key offline in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  4. Activate the secondary license key on the SolarWinds Orion server.

Note: You can also activate the primary license key on the SolarWinds Orion Server, and the secondary license key on Virtualization Manager.

 

Activating the license on Virtualization Manager integrated with SolarWinds NPM or SolarWinds SAM

If you install or upgrade a Virtualization Manager appliance that is integrated with SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor (NPM) or SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM), install the products and activate the license key in the following order.

 

New installation:

  1. Install Virtualization Manager. For installation instructions, see Installing as a Virtual Appliance in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  2. Install SolarWinds NPM or SolarWinds SAM. For installation instructions, see Completing an Orion NPM installation or Installing SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor.
  3. Activate the primary license key on Virtualization Manager. For license activation instructions, see Activating a license key online or Activating a license key offline in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
Note: In this case, you can leave the secondary license unused. However, you can also activate an evaluation license for SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor.

 

Upgrade:

  1. Upgrade SolarWinds NPM or SolarWinds SAM. For upgrade instructions, see Upgrading SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor or Upgrading SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor.
  2. Upgrade Virtualization Manager. For upgrade instruction, see Upgrading an existing virtual appliance in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
  3. Activate the primary licensekey on Virtualization Manager. For license activation instructions, see Activating a license key online or Activating a license key offline in the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager Administrator Guide.
Note: In this case, you can leave the secondary license unused. However, you can also activate an evaluation license for SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor.
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