Product Documentation

Activate a Free XenServer Product

Oct 16, 2015

To activate a free XenServer product, you need to apply an activation key (this may also be referred to as "license key" in some places) to the host server. The activation process works like this:

  1. You request an activation key from Citrix. An activation key file license.xslic will then be emailed to you.
  2. You apply the activation key to the server running the free XenServer product that you wish to activate.

You can apply an activation key by simply double-clicking on the key file in Windows Explorer and then selecting the server to which you want to apply it, or from within XenCenter using the License Manager.

Note: When activating a free XenServer product, 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 http://www.citrix.com/privacy.

To request an activation key

  1. Open the License Manager: on the Tools menu, click License Manager.
  2. Select one or more servers running the free XenServer product, click on Activate Free XenServer and then click Request Activation Key.

    A web browser will open and you will be taken to the Citrix XenServer activation web page where the activation details of the servers you selected are recorded and where you need to fill in your contact information and email address.

    If XenCenter is unable to connect to the XenServer activation server, you will be asked if you want to save the activation details of the selected host servers to a file. You will then be able to import this file to the XenServer activation server later, once your internet connection is restored.

When you have completed the activation form, an activation key file for each of the free XenServer products you selected will be emailed to you. For example:


Activation Email

You then need to apply the appropriate key file to each of your XenServer hosts in order to activate them.

To apply an activation key in XenCenter

Before you start, make sure that the activation key file can be accessed from the machine where you are running XenCenter and that you have connected to (added) the relevant servers to the set of managed resources.

  1. Open the License Manager : on the Tools menu, click License Manager.
  2. Select the server running the free XenServer product, click Activate Free XenServer and then click Apply an Activation Key.
  3. Locate the activation key file (license.xslic) and then click Open.

To apply an activation key from a key file

  1. Locate the activation key file (license.xslic) in Windows Explorer and then double-click it.
  2. In the Apply Activation Key dialog box, select the server running the free XenServer product that you wish to activate and then click Apply.