Citrix Application Delivery Management

Upgrade a perpetual license in a Citrix ADC SDX to Citrix ADC pooled capacity

A Citrix ADC SDX appliance with perpetual license can be upgraded to Citrix ADC Pooled Capacity license. Upgrading to Citrix ADC Pooled Capacity license enables you to allocate licenses from the license pool to Citrix ADC appliances on demand. You can also configure the ADC Pooled Capacity license for Citrix ADC instances configured in high availability mode.


Conversion from a perpetual license to a pooled capacity license is a one-way license entitlement process. You cannot revert the pooled capacity license back to perpetual.

  • For upgrading the SDX appliance to Citrix ADC Pooled Capacity license, you must upload the SDX-Z license to the appliance.

  • Ensure you have the permission to add ADC instances in ADM.

  • To ensure that there is no impact on the current licenses, customer has to allocate the same number of instances and bandwidth that is available as part of the perpetual license.

To upgrade to Citrix ADC Pooled Capacity:

  1. In a Web browser, type the IP address of the SDX appliance, such as

  2. In User Name and Password fields, type the administrator credentials.

  3. On the Welcome page, click Continue.

  4. Upload the zero-capacity license. On the Configuration tab, navigate to System > Licenses.

  5. On the Manage Licenses page, click Add License File.

  6. In Licenses page, select Upload license files from a local computer and click Browse to select the zero-capacity license from your local machine. Then, click Finish.

    Upload license file

    Once the zero-capacity license is applied successfully, Pooled Licenses section appears on the Licenses page.


    To remove the old license file, you don’t have to reboot your SDX appliance so there is no downtime. For more help, contact Citrix Support Team.

  7. In the Pooled licenses section, do the following:

    1. In the Licensing Server Name or IP Address field, enter the license server details.

      • If you want to configure ADM server as a license server, specify ADM server’s IP address.

      • If you are using an agent to communicate with the ADM server, specify ADM agent’s IP address.

    2. In the Port Number field, enter the license server port. Default value: 27000.

    3. Specify User Name and Password of the licensing server.

      • For the ADM server, enter the administrator credentials.

      • For the ADM agent, enter the agent credentials.

    4. Click Get Licenses.

    Enter details of license server

  8. In the Allocate Licenses window, specify the required instances and bandwidth and click Allocate.

    Allocate Licenses

    On the Manage Licenses page, you can view the details of the license server, license edition, and the allocated instances and bandwidth from the pool.

    Allocated Licenses to SDX


Upgrading a perpetual license to pooled capacity does not require restarting the SDX appliance.

Upgrade a perpetual license in a Citrix ADC SDX to Citrix ADC pooled capacity

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