Licensing for AppScan Standard

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What are the available license types for use with IBM Security AppScan Standard, and how to apply the licenses in the common installation scenarios?

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How to obtain licenses



AppScan Standard uses the Rational Common Licensing system. You obtain the licenses at License Key Center (LKC), as described in this video How to acquire licenses from License Key Center or in this technote How to generate license keys at License Key Center.

Note: You do NOT receive licenses for AppScan products you have purchased from your IBM Sales representative or from AppScan Support (with some exceptions for evaluation licenses). Instead, you or the Primary Contact for IBM at your company, checks out the licenses at LKC as described above.



License keys in LKC



AppScan Standard uses only one license key called AppScanStandard. This license key works with any version of AppScan Standard. The key can be of type Floating or Node-locked:

  • Node-locked license key

    A Node-locked license key is tied to a particular machine. The license allows you to open and use AppScan Standard instances on the particular machine only. License Key Server is not needed to manage this type of license key. You import the license key into the machine using the License Key Administrator, a tool installed by default when installing AppScan Standard.

    In the License Key Center the key is called "IBM Security AppScan Standard Authorized User Single Install License Key ".

    If you open the license file (.upd) in a text editor, the license key looks like this:



  • Floating license key

    Floating licenses are managed by License Key Server. Then when having a Floating license you need to install License Key Server, and import it into the License Server using it's tool called License Key Administrator.

    AppScan pulls a license from the license server. The license key is checked out when you open an AppScan Standard instance, and returned when AppScan Standard is closed. The advantage of this license type is that you can install and run AppScan Standard on any machine that has a network connection to the License Key Server.

    In the License Key Center the key is called "IBM Security AppScan Standard Floating User Single Install License Key"

    If you open the license file (.upd) in a text editor, the license key looks like this:



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


    How to apply the licenses




    You apply the generated license file at License Key Center into your system as described in technote How to import license keys into Appscan Standard.




    Common Licensing scenarios



    A) Installing a new AppScan Standard installation



    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 8.0.0.3 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 transfer License Key Server or license keys.
      • 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 completed, 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 generating new keys for the new machine. For details refer to technote: How to transfer License Key Server or license keys.
        Then proceed with the scenario for A) Installing a new AppScan Standard installation.



  • Related information

    Licensing for AppScan Enterprise and Policy Tester
    Licensing for AppScan Source
    What data to submit for a license issue
    Documents on AppScan licensing

    Document information


    More support for:

    IBM Security AppScan Standard
    Licensing

    Software version:

    8.0, 8.5, 8.6.0.0, 8.7, 8.8, 9.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2, 9.0.2.1

    Operating system(s):

    Windows

    Reference #:

    1330869

    Modified date:

    2015-09-01

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