Licensing features of Kaspersky Security Center and managed applications
Dec 4, 2023
Licensing of Administration Server and managed applications involves the following:
- You can add license key or valid activation code to an Administration Server to activate Vulnerability and patch management, Mobile Device Management, or Integration with the SIEM systems. Some features of Kaspersky Security Center are only accessible depending on active key files or valid activation codes added to the Administration Server.
- You can add multiple activation codes and key files for managed applications to the Administration Server repository.
About Kaspersky Security Center licensing
If you activated one of the licensed features (for example, Mobile Device Management) using a key file, but you also want to use another licensed feature (for example, Vulnerability and patch management), you must purchase from your service provider a key file that activates both these features and you must activate Administration Server by using this key file.
Licensing features of managed applications
For licensing of managed applications, an activation code or key file can be deployed automatically or in any other convenient way. The following methods can be applied to deploy an activation code or key file:
- Automatic deployment
If you use different managed applications and you have to deploy a specific key file or activation code to devices, opt for other ways of deploying that activation code or key file.
Kaspersky Security Center allows you to automatically deploy available license keys to devices. For example, three license keys are stored in the Administration Server repository. You have selected the Automatically distribute license key to managed devices check box for all three license keys. A Kaspersky security application—for example, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows—is installed on the organization's devices. A new device is discovered to which a license key must be deployed. The application determines, for instance, that two of the license keys from the repository can be applied to the device: license key named Key_1 and license key named Key_2. One of these license keys is deployed to the device. In this case, it cannot be predicted which of the two license keys will be deployed to the device because automatic deployment of license keys does not provide for any administrator activity.
When a license key is deployed, the devices are recounted for that license key. You must make sure that the number of devices to which the license key was deployed does not exceed the license limit. If the number of devices exceeds the license limit, all devices that were not covered by the license will be assigned Critical status.
- Adding a key file or activation code to the installation package of a managed application
If you install a managed application using an installation package, you can specify an activation code or key file in this installation package or in the policy of the application. The license key will be deployed to managed devices at the next synchronization of the device with the Administration Server.
- Deployment through the add license key task for a managed application
If you opt for using the add license key task for a managed application, you can select the license key that must be deployed to devices and select the devices in any convenient way—for example, by selecting an administration group or a device selection.
- Adding an activation code or a key file manually to the devices