This article covers the licensing process of Kerio Control by covering the following topics:
- Deciding the Number of Users (Licenses)
- Optional Components and Software Maintenance
- Registering Kerio Control in the Administration Interface
- Registering Kerio Control via the Internet
- Transferring Licenses
- Transferring Configurations
- Licenses for High Availability
Deciding the Number of Users (Licenses)
Kerio Control is licensed as a server and comes with an admin account with five user accounts under the basic license. You can add more users to it in groups of five.
A user is defined as a person who is permitted to connect to Kerio Control. Each user can connect from up to five different devices represented by IP addresses, including the VPN clients. Guests and their devices are exempted from the licensing system.
The current status of license usage is displayed in the administration interface on the Dashboard. An additional user license is required for users to connect from more than five devices at a time.
Important: Kerio Control does not limit the number of defined user accounts. However, if the maximum number of currently authenticated users is reached, no more users can connect.
Optional Components and Software Maintenance
Kerio Control has the following optional components:
- Kerio Antivirus
- Kerio Control Web Filter (module for web page ratings)
These components are licensed individually, and their software maintenance agreement lets you update them. You can continue using the existing version of the product when the software maintenance expires, but you cannot install any updates released after the expiration date.
Learn more by referring to the Kerio Control page.
Registering Kerio Control in the Administration Interface
If you skip the registration in the Activation Wizard, you can register Kerio Control from the Dashboard in the administration interface (displayed after each login). Once it is installed, the product can be registered as a trial or full version.
If your trial version is registered, the license file is automatically imported to your product within 24 hours of the purchase. The Trial ID you entered in your product upon registration is then activated as a standard license number.
Follow these steps to register, if you have not registered your trial version:
Open the administration interface.
- On the Dashboard, click Configuration Assistant.
In the Configuration Assistant dialog box, click Register product.
Registering Kerio Control via the Internet
If you purchased a license and your Kerio Control cannot access the Internet, follow these steps to register the product:
Go to the Kerio Product Registration page.
Register using your purchased license number.
Download the license.key file that includes the corresponding certificate.
Import the license.key file in Kerio Control by following these steps:
Locate the license.key file on your system.
Open the administration interface.
On the Dashboard, click Configuration Assistant.
Click Register product.
Click Register offline by license file.
Import the license file.
(Confirmation) Check if the license was installed successfully in the License section of the Dashboard.
You can transfer the license between:
Two virtual appliances
Two software appliances
A virtual appliance and a software appliance
Two hardware appliances of the same type (if you are replacing equipment)
Important: You cannot transfer the license between hardware appliances and software/virtual appliances or between two different types of hardware appliances. For example, you can transfer a license from one Kerio Control NG100 to another Kerio Control NG100, but you cannot transfer a license from Kerio Control NG100 to Kerio Control NG500.
Transfer the configuration using the built-in export and import feature. During the installation, register the same license number using the Activation Wizard. After registering the license on the appliance, uninstall the original Kerio Control.
Important: Uninstall the old system. You cannot use the same license on multiple systems.
Licenses for High Availability
In the case of the High Availability (HA) configuration, the license keys should be the same on both Master and Slave appliances. Please do NOT use different keys, as it will cause synchronization of HA to fail.