A license is required to use DCImanager. You can buy it in your client area at eu.ispsystem.com or reseller company. The license has an expiry date and a limited number of devices to be connected. When purchasing a license, you can choose a free trial period of 30 days to learn about the features and test DCImanager.

If you are using the DCImanager Infrastructure version, you can purchase an additional package to increase the number of devices to be connected. 

Three days before the license expiry, DCImanager interface displays a message prompting to renew it. After renewing the license, you need to update the license information in DCImanager.

DCImanager versions


The DCImanager platform has two versions:

  • DCImanager Hosting — focused on the needs of hosting providers. Allows you to automate the sale of dedicated servers;
  • DCImanager Infrastructure — focused on the needs of IT infrastructure owners. Allows you to manage a multivendor IT infrastructure in a single interface.

Functional differences between versions

FunctionsHostingInfrastructure

Operations on servers via PXE:

  • OS installation;
  • diagnostics;
  • recovery;
  • loading from an ISO image

OS templates

Autorun of scripts on the server

depends on the location settings*
VPU (VLAN Per User) module

User VLAN module

Auto-adding of servers via PXE

depends on the location settings*
Operation without a DHCP server

Installing the OS from an ISO image

Displaying BIOS/UEFI and BMC microcode and firmware versions

Notifications of malfunctions and critical condition of components

*functions are available when the Configure parameters to perform the operations with servers through PXE option is enabled in the location settings


To switch from one version of DCImanager to another, purchase a license for the required version and update the license information in the platform interface.

How to update the license information


Before expiry date

To update the license information, go to System overview Update license information.

After expiry date

After expiry of the license, DCImanager will be blocked.  Saved settings and equipment operation will not be affected, but management via DCImanager will no longer be available. To reactivate DCImanager, renew your license and click Update license information in the pop-up message about the blocking.

If the license token has changed

If you change the company purchasing the license, the license token value will change. For example, if you ordered a trial period in your client area at eu.ispsystem.com, and then purchased a license from an ISPsystem license reseller company.

To update information about such a license:

  1. Connect to DCImanager via SSH protocol with superuser permission (root by default).
  2. In the configuration file /opt/ispsystem/dci/config.json specify the new license token value in LicenseToken.

    Example of config.json

    {"MysqlRootPassword":"password","LicenseToken":"aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa:bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb","DomainName":"1.2.3.4","CurrentVersion":"2022.03.2"}
    CODE
  3. Enter commands to re-create dci_auth_back_1 container:

    docker stop dci_auth_back_1
    CODE
    docker rm -f dci_auth_back_1
    CODE
    dci start
    CODE
  4. To check license installation status, enter:

    docker exec -it dci_auth_back_1 env | grep TOKEN
    CODE

    In case of successful license change, the response will be in the form: LICENSE_AUTH_TOKEN=aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa:bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa:bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb — new value of the license token.

  5. If the token value has not changed, restart the platform: 

    dci down
    CODE
    dci start
    CODE
  6. In DCImanager interface, go to System information Update license information.

Limited number of devices


DCImanager license has a limit on the number of connected devices – servers, switches, PDUs, UPS. When this limit is reached, the ability to add servers and equipment will be blocked. To enable adding new equipment, delete the unused equipment or purchase a license with the ability to connect more devices.  DCImanager Infrastructure users can purchase an additional package to increase the number of devices to be connected.

Activating packages

After you purchase a resource package, you need to activate it:

  1. Go to System information Activate package.
  2. Enter the code from your resource package certificate.

  3. Press Activate.

Note

The resource package has an expiration date and is purchased for a specific license. It cannot be activated in another instance of the platform.