With vSEC:CMS S-Series (vSEC:CMS) 5.8 and up, vSEC:CMS is available for evaluation with all of its features without requiring a license. This will be referred to as “Evaluation version”. You can migrate to a “Production licensed version” if you wish to use vSEC:CMS to manage your credentials at any time. This article will describe how you can move from vSEC:CMS Evaluation version to a Production licensed version.
If you have not set your Evaluation version yet you will have to perform the steps included in the article Setup Evaluation Version of vSEC:CMS including the Creation of System Owner Hardware Credential section from the same article.
With your Versasec support credentials that you have received, download the latest version of vSEC:CMS.
Setup Production Licenses
You, as the end customer, receive an Activation Code from your provider and then you issue the production license using this.
1. Log onto the vSEC:CMS console with your System Owner (SO) credential and navigate to Options - License and click the Activate button.
The SO credential used can be any credential that is supported by vSEC:CMS.
2. You will be prompted to enter an activation code. You should have received the activation code from your provider already. Enter the code and click Ok.
3. Depending on whether the vSEC:CMS console session that you are logged into has an internet connection that can reach Versasec’s licensing service or not, different options are available.
If your host can connect to Versasec’s licensing service, the console application will securely send the activation code to Versasec’s license issuance service to validate the request and provide back the activation resulting in the system license becoming a production licensed system.
Important: During this process a new secure master key will be generated. It is important to update any credentials that may have been issued when vSEC:CMS was in the evaluation version.
If your host cannot connect to Versasec’s licensing service when you click the Ok button for the Activator Code dialog you will receive an error dialog like below.
Click Yes and save the license request file. Then, from a host that can connect to Versasec’s licensing service, open a browser and navigate to https://versasec.com/license/validation. Upload the license request file and upon successful validation by Versasec’s licensing service the browser will redirect you to a page where you can download the activation license file. Download the activation license file and copy it to your server. Log onto the console and from Options - License click the View License button. You should see something similar to below with a link from Waiting for response.
Click the link and you will be prompted to select the activation license file. You should then see a success message indicating that the license has been activated.
If for some reason the server on which the vSEC:CMS has internet connectivity but cannot reach Versasec’s issuance server you can set up a temporary firewall rule (for program) on the server and block outbound for the vSEC:CMS Service (CmsService.exe). This will allow you to create an offline license activation request in this case.
Once the production license has been applied it will be necessary to issue at least one additional Operator Token (OT) that has a full administrator role in the system. See the article Configure Operator Credential for details on this.
When migrating from evaluation to production you need to also migrate any credentials that were already issued and managed in the evaluation phase. This is required because a new master key is generated when migrating to production mode therefore it is recommended to update any credentials that were issued in evaluation mode.
You can update such credentials by navigating to Actions - Update Smart Card and attach any of these credentials that need to be updated and click the Update button.