Activating your product

If you are installing the software for the first time or want to extend a license to continue using the product, including chargeable components, you have options on how to activate licensing for your product or chargeable components.

Licenses for this product are activated in two ways:

Note: If you are using a trial license, it will expire after a preset amount of time after trial license evaluation is enabled. To use the product after the trial license expires, you must activate a Authorized User License or a floating license for your product.

Authorized User License

A license activation kit contains the permanent license key for you product or a chargeable component. You purchase the Authorized User License, download the Authorized User License compressed file to your computer, and then use Manage License dialog to import the Authorized User License to activate the license for your product.

Floating license enforcement

Optionally, you can obtain floating license keys, install IBM® License Key Server, and enable floating license enforcement for your product.

For instructions on enabling a license for your product, see the topics in the section Managing clients for IBM Common Licensing in the Rational® Common Licensing product documentation at . The IBM Common Licensing product documentation has detailed information about licenses for IBM Rational products. Topics include: