License enablement

If you are installing the software for the first time or want to extend a license to continue using the product, you have options on how to enable licensing for your product.

Licenses for this product are enabled in two ways:

  • Importing a product activation kit
  • Enabling Rational® Common Licensing to obtain access to floating license keys
Note: If you are using a trial license, it will expire 30 or 60 days after installation. You need to activate your product in order to use it after the expiration date. See support article http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21250404 on product activation for a flow chart of the activation process.

Activation kits

Product activation kits contain the permanent license key for you product. You purchase the activation kit, download the activation kit .zip file to your local machine, and then import the activation kit .jar file to enable the license for your product. You use IBM® Installation Manager to import the activation kit to your product.

Floating license enforcement

Optionally, you can obtain floating license keys, install IBM® Rational® License Server, and enable Floating license enforcement for your product. Floating license enforcement provides the following benefits:

  • License compliance enforcement across the organization
  • Fewer license purchases
  • Serve license keys for IBM® Rational® Team Unifying and desktop products from the same license server
Note: Some 7.0 and later versions of Rational® products require an upgraded version of the Rational® License Server. See support article http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21250404 for license upgrade information.

For more information on obtaining activation kits and floating licenses, see Purchasing licenses.