Installing the full-function enablement license

After the 90-day free trial expires, you must purchase and install Lenovo XClarity Pro licenses for all managed devices that support advanced functions to continue using operating-system deployment and device-configuration features in Lenovo XClarity Administrator. You must have Lenovo XClarity Pro licenses for all managed devices to get XClarity Administrator service and support.

Before you begin

Review the following license considerations.
  • A license is not tied to a specific device.

  • A chassis license provides licenses for 14 devices.

  • For System x3850 X6 (6241) scalable complex servers, each server needs a separate license, regardless of partitions.

  • For System x3950 X6 (6241) scalable complex servers, if not partitioned, each server needs a separate license. If partitioned, each partition needs a separate license.

  • The following devices do not support advanced functions and therefore do not require licenses for these features; however, a license must be purchased for each of these devices to get XClarity Administrator service and support.

    • ThinkServer servers

    • System x M4 servers

    • System x X5 servers

    • System x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 (3837) servers

    • Storage devices

    • Switches

Attention: You can no longer purchase and install licenses as License Enablement update packages. You can continue using XClarity Administrator v2.6.0 and earlier with existing active licenses. However, when purchasing new licenses for XClarity Administrator v2.6.0 and earlier, you must upgrade to XClarity Administrator v2.7.0 or later before installing the new licenses.

If you have existing active licenses for XClarity Administrator, new licenses are not required when upgrading to a new release of XClarity Administrator. However, when upgrading to XClarity Administrator v2.7.0 or later from a release prior to v2.7, you must download activation keys for your existing licenses and then install those keys using the procedure below.

Version 2.6 and earlier Versions 2.7 and 2.8 Version 3.0 and later
License enablement update package:
  • lnvgy_sw_lxca-license_anyos_noarch.chg
  • lnvgy_sw_lxca-license_anyos_noarch.tgz
  • lnvgy_sw_lxca-license_anyos_noarch.txt
  • lnvgy_sw_lxca-license_anyos_noarch.xml
Attention: When updating to XClarity Administrator v2.7 or later, go to the Features on Demand web portal, convert existing licenses to license activation keys, and then install the keys in the updated management server.
Single license activation key: lnvgy_fod_0038_*_anyos_noarch.key

Multiple license activation keys: *.zip

Single license activation key: lnvgy_fod_0038_*_anyos_noarch.key

Multiple license activation keys: *.zip

You must have lxc-supervisor or lxc-security-admin privileges to install licenses.

About this task

XClarity Administrator supports the following license.
  • Lenovo XClarity Pro. Each license provides the following entitlements for a single device.
    • Service and support for Lenovo XClarity Integrator

    • Service and support for XClarity Administrator

    • Advanced functions within XClarity Administrator:

      • Configuring servers using Configuration Patterns

      • Deploying operating systems

      • Reporting XClarity Administrator problems using Call Home (Call Home for hardware alerts is not affected.)

The activation period for the license starts when the license is purchased and the authorization code is created.

License compliance is determined based on the number of managed devices that support the advanced functions. The number of managed devices must not exceed the total number of licenses in all active license keys. If XClarity Administrator is not in compliance with the installed licenses (for example, if licenses expire or if managing additional devices exceeds the total number of active licenses), you have a grace period of 90 days to install appropriate licenses. Each time XClarity Administrator becomes non-compliant, the grace period resets to 90 days. If the grace period (including the free trial) ends before licenses are compliant, advanced functions are disabled for all devices.

For example, if you manage an additional 100 ThinkSystem servers and 20 rack switches in an existing XClarity Administrator instance, you have 90 days to purchase and install 100 additional licenses before advanced functions are disabled in the user interface (for all devices). Licenses for the 20 rack switches are not needed to use the advanced functions; however, they are needed if you want service and support. If advanced functions are disabled, the advanced functions are re-enabled after you install enough licenses to be back in compliance.

If you are using a free trial license or you have a grace period to become compliant, and you upgrade to a later version of XClarity Administrator, the trial license or grace period resets to 90 days.

  Version 2.6 and earlier Versions 2.7 and 2.8 Version 3.0 and later
Server configuration A warning is displayed when the grace period expires. A warning is displayed when the grace period expires. Licensing is enforced.

This feature is disabled when the grace period expires.

Operating system deployment A warning is displayed when the grace period expires. A warning is displayed when the grace period expires. Licensing is enforced.

This feature is disabled when the grace period expires.

Call Home for XClarity Administrator issues (Software Call Home) Licensing is enforced.

The Software Call Home feature is disabled when licenses are out of compliance. There is no grace period for this feature.

Note: Call Home for hardware alerts is not affected.
Licensing is enforced.

The Software Call Home feature is disabled when licenses are out of compliance. There is no grace period for this feature.

Note: Call Home for hardware alerts is not affected.
Licensing is enforced.

The Software Call Home feature is disabled when licenses are out of compliance. There is no grace period for this feature.

Note: Call Home for hardware alerts is not affected.

If licenses are already installed, new licenses are not required when upgrading to a new release of XClarity Administrator.

You can determine the license status, including the number of days are left in the trial license, by clicking the user-actions menu (Resources icon) on the XClarity Administrator title bar, and then clicking About.

Getting help
  • If you have issues and you used a Business Partner, contact your Business Partner to verify the transaction and entitlement.

  • If you did not receive your electronic proof of entitlement, authorization codes, or activation keys, or if they were sent to wrong person, contact one of the regional representatives, based on your geography.

  • If information about my entitlement is not correct, contact Lenovo Support at SW_override@lenovo.com and include the following information:

    • Order number

    • Your contact information, including email address.

    • Your physical address

    • Changes that you want made

  • If you have issues or questions about downloading the license, contact Lenovo Support at -eSupport_-_Ops@lenovo.com.