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About the Core Server Activation utility

Use the Core Server Activation utility to:

  • Activate a new server for the first time
  • Update an existing core server or switch from a trial-use license to a full-use license
  • Activate a new server with a 45-day trial-use license

Start the utility by clicking Start > Ivanti > Core Server Activation. If your core server doesn't have an Internet connection, see Manually activating a core or verifying the node count data.

Each core server must have a unique authorized certificate. Multiple core servers can't share the same authorization certificate, though they can verify node counts to the same Ivanti account.

Periodically, the core server generates node count verification information in the "\Program Files\Ivanti\Authorization Files\LANDESK.usage" file. This file gets sent periodically to the Ivanti licensing server. This file is in XML format and is digitally signed and encrypted. Any changes manually made to this file will invalidate the contents and the next usage report to the Ivanti licensing server.

The core communicates with the Ivanti licensing server via HTTP. If you use a proxy server, click the utility's Proxy tab and enter your proxy information. If your core has an Internet connection, communication with the license server is automatic and won't require any intervention by you.

Note that the Core Server Activation utility won't automatically launch a dial-up Internet connection, but if you launch the dial-up connection manually and run the activation utility, the utility can use the dial-up connection to report usage data.

If your core server doesn't have an Internet connection, you can verify and send the node count manually, as described later in this section.

Activating a server with a Ivanti account

Before you can activate a new server with a full-use license, you must have an account set up with Ivanti that licenses you for the Ivanti products and number of nodes you purchased. You will need the account information (contact name and password) to activate your server. If you don't have this information, contact your Ivanti sales representative.

To activate a server
  1. Click Start > Ivanti > Core Server Activation.
  2. Click Activate this core server using your Ivanti contact name and password.
  3. Enter the Contact name and Password you want the core to use.
  4. Click Activate.

Activating a server with a trial-use license

The 45-day trial-use license activates your server with the Ivanti licensing server. Once the 45-day evaluation period expires, you won't be able to log in to the core server, and it will stop accepting inventory scans, but you won't lose any existing data in the software or database. During or after the 45-day trial use license, you can rerun the Core Server Activation utility and switch to a full activation that uses a Ivanti account. If the trial-use license has expired, switching to a full-use license will reactivate the core.

To activate a 45-day evaluation
  1. Click Start > Ivanti > Core Server Activation.
  2. Click Activate this core for a 45-day evaluation.
  3. Click Activate.

Updating an existing account

The update option sends usage information to the Ivanti licensing server. Usage data is sent automatically if you have an Internet connection, so you normally shouldn't need to use this option to send node count verification. You can also use this option to change the Ivanti account the core server belongs to. This option can also change a core server from a trial-use license to a full-use license.

To update an existing account
  1. Click Start > Ivanti > Core Server Activation.
  2. Click Update this core server using your Ivanti contact name and password.
  3. Enter the Contact name and Password you want the core to use. If you enter a name and password that's different than the one used to originally activate the core, this switches the core to the new account.
  4. Click Activate.

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