How to: Activate BIG-IP Next instance licenses from BIG-IP Next Central Manager

Overview

Use these procedures to activate licenses for BIG-IP Next instances from BIG-IP Next Central Manager when it’s in connected or disconnected mode.

Prerequisite

For a new Json Web Token (JWT) activation, contact your F5 sales representative.

Activate licenses for BIG-IP Next Instances in Connected Mode

Use this procedure to activate single or multiple licenses for BIG-IP Next instances from BIG-IP Next Central Manager when it is in connected mode.

  1. Log in to BIG-IP Next Central Manager.

  2. Click the Workspace icon next to the F5 logo and then click Infrastructure.

  3. Select the checkbox next to the name(s) of the BIG-IP Next instance(s) you want to activate the license.

  4. From Actions dropdown, select License, and click Next.

  5. From the Activate License dialog, you can choose either a new token or an existing one:

    • Click New Token and paste the JWT you received from your F5 representative. Enter a unique Token Name (recommended: use the Subscription ID) to later identify this JWT for license assignments.

    • Click Existing Token, select the JWT you want to use for this BIG-IP Next instance.

  6. Click the Activate button.
    The screen refreshes. When the license is properly activated, it displays on the License tab with its properties.

Activate licenses for BIG-IP Next Instances in Disconnected Mode

Use this procedure to activate single or multiple licenses for BIG-IP Next instances from BIG-IP Next Central Manager when it is in disconnected mode.

  1. Log in to BIG-IP Next Central Manager.

  2. Click the Workspace icon next to the F5 logo and then click Infrastructure.

  3. Select the checkbox next to the name(s) of the BIG-IP Next instance(s) you want to activate the license.

  4. From Actions dropdown, select License, and click Next.

  5. From the Activate License dialog, you can choose either a new token or an existing one:

    • For new token, click New Token and paste the Json Web Token (JWT) you received from your F5 representative. Enter a unique Token Name (recommended: use the Subscription ID) to later identify this JWT for license assignments.

    • For existing token, click Existing Token, select the JWT you want to use for this BIG-IP Next instance.

  6. Click Generate License Report to generate the license report for the selected instance.

  7. Go to Infrastructure > Instances > Maintenance, and select Download to download the report.

  8. Download the Postman collection and Environment.

  9. Open Postman. In the left sidebar, select collection tab to access your collections.

  10. Click Import and choose TEEM.postman_collection.json from the downloaded postman collection folder to import the file in your collections tab.

  11. Select Environment, click Import and select lc2.0_env.postman_environment.json from the downloaded environment folder.
    You should see the imported environment listed among your other environments.

  12. From the top right corner of the postman window, click on the Environment dropdown beside the eye icon and select the lc2.0_env environment.

  13. From TEEMS API collection, select POST SubmitBulkUpload API.

  14. In the Value column, clear the existing uploaded file details.

  15. Click Select Files, upload the license report, and click Send.

  16. Copy the job ID from the response and click GET StatusBulkUpload API.

  17. In the request, paste the copied job ID, and click Send to check the status of the request.

  18. Select GET DownloadReport API, paste the copied job ID into the request.

  19. From the Send dropdown, select Send and Download to download the acknowledgement (ACK) file.

  20. In the Central Manager Maintenance tab, select Upload to upload the ACK file and select Verify.

  21. After successful verification of the ACK file, the instance license is activated, and the instance disappears from the Maintenance tab.

Limitations

  • You cannot delete a JWT once you use it to activate the device because the JWT is tagged to that device.