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Home > Success Center > Virtualization Manager (VMAN) > VMAN 8.0 Administrator Guide > Install SolarWinds Virtualization Manager > Activate the license of Virtualization Manager

Activate the license of Virtualization Manager

SolarWinds Virtualization Manager is licensed according to the number of CPU sockets per monitored host. When you monitor a virtual host, VMAN collects metrics and data for all children VMs. If you try to monitor more sockets or virtual machines than your license allows, you will not be able to add more data sources, or apply upgrades and updates to SolarWinds Virtualization Manager.

SolarWinds VMAN includes two licenses for VMAN 6.2 through 8.0:

  • Primary license to be installed on the Orion Web Console for a stand-alone VMAN installation.
  • Secondary license to be installed on the VMAN appliance (VMAN 7.2 and earlier).

If you are integrating VMAN into an existing Orion Platform, such as NPM, SAM, or  NCM, you do not need to install the secondary license.

Activate the license on a standalone Virtualization Manager installation

  1. Install or upgrade the Virtualization Manager appliance.
  2. Activate the primary license key on the appliance.

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

New installation

  1. Install the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor and the Virtualization Manager appliance.
  2. Integrate Virtualization Manager with the SolarWinds Orion server. For more information, see Integrate Virtualization Manager with an Orion Platform product.
  3. Activate the primary license key on Virtualization Manager.
  4. Activate the secondary license key on the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor.

Upgrade

  1. Upgrade the Virtualization Manager appliance. For more information, see Upgrade a virtual appliance.
  2. Install the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor. For more information, see Install the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor in standalone mode.
  3. Integrate Virtualization Manager with the SolarWinds Orion server. For more information, see Integrate Virtualization Manager with an Orion Platform product.
  4. Activate the primary license key on Virtualization Manager.
  5. Activate the secondary license key on the SolarWinds Orion server.

Activate the license on a Virtualization Manager instance licensed per virtual machine

  1. Upgrade the SolarWinds Orion server.
  2. Upgrade the Virtualization Manager appliance. For more information, see Upgrade a virtual appliance.
  3. Activate the primary license key on Virtualization Manager.
  4. Activate the secondary license key on the SolarWinds Orion server.

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

New installation

  1. Install Virtualization Manager.
  2. Install SolarWinds NPM or SolarWinds SAM.
  3. Activate the primary license key on Virtualization Manager.

Upgrade

  1. Upgrade SolarWinds NPM or SolarWinds SAM.
  2. Upgrade Virtualization Manager. For more information, see Upgrade a virtual appliance.
  3. Activate the primary license key on Virtualization Manager.

You can leave the secondary license unused. You can also activate an evaluation license for SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor. In this case, see Activate the license on Virtualization Manager integrated with the SolarWinds Integrated Virtual Infrastructure Monitor.

View your licensing status

  1. Log in to Virtualization Manager.
  2. Click Help.

Activate a license key online

  1. Log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  2. Click License Management > License Management.
  3. Locate an unregistered Virtualization Manager activation key.
  4. In a separate browser window, log in to SolarWinds Virtualization Manager.
  5. Click Setup > License Information > Activate License.
  6. Copy the Activation Key from the Customer Portal into the Activation Key field of the SolarWinds Virtualization Manager License Information page.
  7. In the Computer Name field, enter localhost.
  8. Enter the other required information, and click Send Activation Request.

Activate a license key offline

If the computer cannot access both the SolarWinds website and SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, request a license file that you can manually upload to the server.

  1. In SolarWinds Virtualization Manager, click Setup > License Information.
  2. Click Unique Machine ID, copy the machine ID, and save it on a flash device.
  3. From a computer with internet access, log in to the SolarWinds Customer Portal.
  4. Click License Management > License Management, and locate an unregistered Virtualization Manager activation key.
  5. Click Manually Register License, and enter the required information.
  6. In the Computer Name field, enter localhost.
  7. In the Unique Machine ID field, paste the machine ID copied from SolarWinds Virtualization Manager.
  8. Click Generate License File, and download the license file.
  9. Transfer the license file to the computer to access SolarWinds Virtualization Manager.
  10. Click Upload License File, select the license file, and click Open.

Exclude hosts from monitoring

If there are not enough SolarWinds Virtualization Manager licenses to cover every powered on virtual machine managed by a vCenter server, change the access permissions of the vCenter user account to limit what it can access.

Restricting the virtual machines accessible by the user account reduces the number of virtual machines or sockets SolarWinds Virtualization Manager can collect data from. This way you can control which virtual machines are being monitored.

You can control access permissions in the VMware client by assigning the No Access role to the vCenter account for the hosts and virtual machines you want to restrict.

 
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