Product Documentation

Managing Licenses in XenServer 6.1.0 and earlier

May 29, 2013

XenServer Advanced, Enterprise and Platinum Editions share the same licensing model as other Citrix products, and each host server requires a license to be installed on to a separate Citrix Licensing Server. For details on how to install and run Citrix Licensing, see Citrix eDocs website.

For information about managing licenses in XenServer version 6.2.0, see Managing Licenses in XenServer v6.2.0.

You can manage your XenServer Advanced, Enterprise and Platinum Editions licenses from XenCenter using License Manager: on the Tools menu, click License Manager. Via the License Manager, you can:

  • Assign XenServer licenses to managed servers. When you assign a license, XenCenter contacts the Citrix license server and requests the specified type of license. If a license is available, it is then checked out from the license server.
  • Release XenServer licenses. When you release a license, XenCenter contacts the Citrix license server and checks the license back in.

Each host server in a XenServer resource pool must be individually licensed. For example, if you are supporting four XenServer hosts in a resource pool, you must assign a license to each of the four hosts. While it is possible to mix different editions of XenServer hosts in the same pool, it is important to note that the host with the lowest license determines the features available to all members in the pool. For example, a pool with a mixture of Advanced and Platinum Edition hosts only has the Advanced features enabled. Therefore, if you change a host to use a lower level of license, you can effectively disable features in the pool.

To assign a XenServer license

  1. Open the License Manager: on the Tools menu, click License Manager.
  2. Select one or more servers and then click Assign License.
  3. In the Assign License dialog, select the type of license you want to request from the license server:
    • Citrix XenServer Advanced Edition: This license activates specific administration features within XenCenter, including High Availability (HA), VM Protection and Recovery (VMPR), Dynamic Memory Control, real-time alerts and historical reports on VM performance.
    • Citrix XenServer Enterprise Edition: This license adds automated Workload Balancing and StorageLink for integration with your existing storage infrastructure to the features available in Advanced edition.
    • Citrix XenServer Platinum Edition: This license activates features whose administration is performed outside of XenCenter, such as Provisioning Services and Lab Management. A license for Lab Management and Stage Management is provided as a separate download from along with the Citrix Lab Manager installation ISO; Lab Management licenses are applied from within the Lab Manager management console.
    • Citrix XenServer for XenDesktop: Select this option to request an existing Citrix XenServer for XenDesktop license from the license server. This allows you to use XenServer Enterprise to host Desktop VMs and all XenDesktop Infrastructure VMs as needed, including XenDesktop hosts and XenApp hosts.
  4. Enter the license server details and then click OK.

XenCenter contacts the specified Citrix V6 license server and requests a license for the specified server(s). If successful, a license is checked out and the information shown in the XenCenter License Manager will be updated. If the license server cannot be contacted, then the server lapses into a 30-day licensing grace period.

Note: When activating a free XenServer product or requesting/applying license to paid-for Editions, information about the XenServer server version and license type may be transmitted to Citrix. No other information relating to any users of the system, virtual machines running in the environment, or the environment in which XenServer is deployed, is collected or transmitted to Citrix. The limited information transmitted to Citrix during the licensing process is handled in accordance with the Citrix privacy policy, a copy of which can be reviewed at

To release a XenServer license

  1. Open the License Manager: on the Tools menu, click License Manager.
  2. Select a server and then click Release License.