About the license
December 13, 2023
A license is a time-limited right to use the application, granted under the End User License Agreement.
The license covers the right to use the application in accordance with the terms of the End User License Agreement and to receive technical support. The scope of available features and validity period depend on the type of license under which the application was activated.
The following license types are provided:
- Trial. A free license for users to get to know the application.
Trial licenses have a short validity period. On expiry of a trial license, all the functions of Kaspersky Security become unavailable. To continue using the application, you need to purchase the commercial license. You can activate the application under the trial license only once.
- Commercial. A paid license offered upon purchase of the application.
When the commercial license expires, the application continues to work in limited functionality mode: Kaspersky Security stops updating the application databases and stops using the Kaspersky Security Network. You can still protect and scan virtual machines, but only using application databases that were installed before the license expiration date. To continue using all the features of Kaspersky Security, you must renew your commercial license. To ensure full protection against computer security threats, we recommend that you renew the license before its expiration.
Application functionality that is available under a commercial license depends on the license edition. The following license editions are available for Kaspersky Security application:
- standard license
- enterprise license
The suspicious network activity detection functionality is available only if you are using the application under an enterprise license.
The following licensing schemes are available for Kaspersky Security:
- Licensing by number of virtual machines protected using the application. This licensing scheme employs server or desktop keys (depending on the type of operating system of the protected virtual machines). According to licensing limitations, the application protects a certain number of virtual machines.
- Licensing by the number of physical processor cores used on all hypervisors on which SVMs are installed. The licensing scheme employs keys with a limitation on the number of processor cores. In accordance with the licensing restrictions, the application is used to protect all virtual machines deployed on hypervisors that use a certain number of kernels in their physical processors.
- Licensing by the number of processors used on the hypervisors on which protected virtual machines are running. The licensing scheme employs keys with a limitation on the number of processors. In accordance with the licensing restrictions, the application is used to protect all virtual machines deployed on hypervisors that use a certain number of processors.
You may use only server keys or keys with a limitation on the number of processor cores or processors to protect virtual machines running Linux guest operating systems.
If you are using a licensing scheme that is based on the number of virtual machines, the license restriction count includes all virtual machines that were under the protection of the application over the last 30 days, even if those virtual machines are currently powered off.
If you do not want a virtual machine to be included in the license restriction count, you can exclude the virtual machine from the protected virtual machines by using one of the following methods:
- Disable protection of the virtual machine.
- Exclude the virtual machine from the NSX Group managed by the NSX Policy which uses the file system protection service (Kaspersky File Antimalware Protection).
Within the infrastructure managed by a single VMware vCenter Server, you can use only one of the provided licensing schemes.