Licensing for AppScan Standard

Technote (FAQ)


What are the available license types for use with IBM Security AppScan Standard, and how are they installed?


AppScan Standard (and these former editions: AppScan Express, AppScan Developer, AppScan Build, and Tester) has employed Rational Common Licensing since version 7.8.


AppScan Standard uses only one Rational Common Licensing license key of type Floating or Node-locked:

  • Node-locked license key

    Node-locked License files are tied to a particular machine. The license allows you to open and use AppScan Standard instances on that particular machine only. This type of license is used by AppScan Express. License Key Server is not needed to manage this type of license key. The license key is imported into the system using the License Key Administrator. The license key looks like this:

    INCREMENT AppScanStandard ... Nodelocked ...
  • Floating license key

    Floating licenses are installed onto the License Key Server. AppScan pulls a license from the license server. A license is checked out while a user has AppScan Standard open, and returned when AppScan Standard is closed. The advantage of this type of license is you can install and run AppScan Standard on any machine that has a network connection to the License Key Server. The license key looks like this:

    INCREMENT AppScanStandard ... Floating ...

If you have both licenses, AppScan will use the Node-locked license before a Floating license.

The AppScanStandard license key works with any version of AppScan Standard since version 7.8.

Common Licensing Scenarios

A) Installing a new AppScan Standard installation
    • Obtain your license keys
      The license keys can be obtained from the License Key Center. For more information on the License Key Center, refer to FAQ on License Key Center, or watch the video tutorials accessible in License Key Center (click on the "Video tutorials" link after you login into LKC).
    • Install License Key Server
      You need to use a License Key Server only if using Floating license keys. If you already have a License Key Server installed to serve another product, you may use that License Key Server for AppScan Standard licensing as well. For a new installation, refer to the technote How to install License Key Server.
    • Import the license keys into License Key Server (Floating) or AppScan Standard (Notelocked). Consult technote How to import license keys into Appscan Standard.

B) Upgrading AppScan Standard

      AppScan Standard licenses work with all versions of AppScan Standard. Therefore, when you upgrade AppScan Standard to a later version, you do NOT need to upgrade or renew AppScan Standard license keys.

      However, if you upgrade from AppScan Standard version or earlier to version 8.5 or later, there are two possible issues to deal with:
      • If using Floating licenses, you will need to upgrade your License Key Server to version 8.1.2 or later.
      • If your AppScan still uses a legacy Watchfire license, you will need to upgrade them to Rational Common Licenses, since legacy Watchfire licenses do not work with AppScan Standard 8.5 or later.

C) Moving AppScan Standard installation to another machine
    • If using a Nodelocked license, you need to return the current key to the License Key Center, and to generate a new license key for the new machine. For details consult the technote How to move licenses to a new server.
      Then import the license key into AppScan Standard as described in technote:
      How to import license keys into Appscan Standard.
    • If using Floating licenses and the License Key Server resides on another machine (which is not impacted by the move), you do not need to upgrade either the license keys or the License Key Server. After the installation on the new machine is complete, just point the new License Key Administrator (installed with the new AppScan Standard installation) to the current License Key Server. For details refer to technote:
      How to import license keys into Appscan Standard.
    • If using Floating licenses, and the License Key Server is installed on the same machine and is going to be moved to the new machine, you will need to return the license keys before generation new keys for the new machine. For details refer to technote:
      How to move licenses to a new server.
      Then proceed with the scenario for Installing a new AppScan Standard installation.

Related information

Licensing for AppScan Enterprise and Policy Tester
Licensing for AppScan Source

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IBM Security AppScan Standard

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7.9, 8.0, 8.5,, 8.7, 8.8

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