Licensing for your installed IBM software and customized packages is administered using the Manage Licenses wizard in the IBM Installation Manager. The Manage Licenses wizard displays license information for each of your installed packages.
Trial licenses that came with the 8.0 and later versions of some Rational products expire 30 or 60 days after installation. You need to activate your product in order to use it after the expiration date.
Use the Manage Licenses wizard, you can upgrade trial versions of an offering to a licensed version by importing a product activation kit. You can also enable Floating license enforcement for offerings with trial or permanent licenses to use floating license keys from a license server.
For more information on managing licenses for your Rational product, see:
- The technote at http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21250404 dealing with Rational product activation.
- The Rational licensing support page at http://www.ibm.com/software/rational/support/licensing/.
As a purchaser of IBM Rational software products, you can choose from three types of product licenses: an Authorized User license, an Authorized User Fixed Term License (FTL) and a Floating license. The best choice for your organization depends upon how many people use the product, how often they require access, and how you prefer to purchase your software.
- License enablement
If you are installing a Rational software product for the first time or want to extend a license to continue using the product, you have options on how to enable licensing for your product.
- View license information for installed packages
You can review license information for your installed packages, including license types and expiration dates, from IBM Installation Manager.
- Import a product activation kit
To install your permanent license key, import the activation kit from the download location or the product media by using IBM Installation Manager.
- Enable floating licenses
If your team environment supports Floating license enforcement, you can enable Floating licenses for your product and configure a connection to obtain access to floating license keys.
- Purchasing licenses
You can purchase new licenses if your current product license is about to expire or if you want to acquire additional product licenses for team members.