About application activation

Application Activation is the procedure to activate the license and receive the right to use the fully-functional version of the application during the course of the license term.

The application must be activated on an SVM with the current system date and time. If the system date and time are changed after activation of the application, the key becomes void. The application switches to a mode of operation without database updates, and Kaspersky Security Network is unavailable. In this case, you need to redeploy the SVM and activate the application on the SVM.

To activate the application, a key must be added to all SVMs. The application activation task is used to add a key to SVM.

When the application activation task is created, a key from the Kaspersky Security Center key storage is used.

You can add a key to the Kaspersky Security Center key storage in one of the following ways:

You can add a key to the Kaspersky Security Center key storage while creating an application activation task, or in advance.

After the application has been activated on SVMs, the Protection Server component forwards license info to the Light Agent component installed on the protected virtual machines. If the key status changes, the SVM sends the relevant information to Light Agent.

Information about the license under which the application has been activated can be viewed on the protected virtual machine:

Information about keys added to the SVM can be viewed in the Kaspersky Security Center Administration Console.

If license information has not been relayed to the protected virtual machine with the Light Agent for Windows component, Light Agent for Windows runs in limited functionality mode:

If license info has not been relayed to the protected virtual machine with the Light Agent for Linux component, Light Agent for Linux runs in limited functionality mode: application databases required for operation of Light Agent are updated only once.

If your infrastructure includes several instances of Kaspersky Security administered by several Kaspersky Security Center Administration Servers that are not combined into one hierarchy, you can activate different instances of Kaspersky Security by adding the same key. A key previously added to an SVM administered by a single Kaspersky Security Center Administration Server can be added to an SVM administered by a different Kaspersky Security Center Administration Server if the validity period of the license linked to the key has not expired.

When license restrictions are checked, the total number of licensing units on which the key is used on all Kaspersky Security Center Administration Servers is taken into account.

To use a previously added key without violating licensing restrictions:

  1. Remove SVMs on which the application has been activated using this key on the same Kaspersky Security Center Administration Server.
  2. Create and run an application activation task on a different Kaspersky Security Center Administration Server. A key added to the Kaspersky Security Center key storage can be exported in advance from one Kaspersky Security Center Administration Server to another Administration Server (see the Kaspersky Security Center manual for details).

In this section:

Conditions for activating the application using the activation code

Important considerations when adding keys

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