Manual Chapter : Add and activate a standalone registration key on a BIG-IQ not connected to the internet (manual method)

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BIG-IQ Centralized Management

  • 7.0.0
Manual Chapter

Add and activate a standalone registration key on a BIG-IQ not connected to the internet (manual method)

You must have your base registration key before you can activate it. You get this from F5 Networks, typically in the form of an email. If you do not have a base registration key, contact the F5 Networks sales group (
You add and activate standalone registration keys to a registration key pool to make them available for assignment to BIG-IP VE devices from BIG-IQ. This gives you the flexibility to assign and revoke licenses as needed for your managed devices, without requiring you to contact F5. If your BIG-IQ system is not connected to the public internet, you can activate the registration key using this manual procedure, rather than automatically contacting the F5 license server.
You cannot re-activate (or import) registration keys from currently-active BIG-IP VE licenses. For devices in your network that are already licensed, contact F5 Support for assistance in transferring them to BIG-IQ for license management. Create a pool for each type of service the registration key is licensed for. It's best not to create a registration pool that contains keys for licenses with different or mixed services.
  1. On the left, click
  2. Click the
    Add RegKey Pool
  3. In the Registration Key Pool Name box, type a name for this pool.
  4. Click the
  5. In the
    Base Registration Key
    field, type or paste the registration key, and into the
    Add-on Keys
    field, type or paste an associated add-on keys.
  6. For the
    Activation Method
    setting, select
  7. Click the
    Generate Dossier
    The screen refreshes to display the dossier.
  8. Select and copy the dossier.
  9. Click the
    Access F5 manual activation web portal
    The F5 Product Licensing site opens.
  10. Paste the dossier into the
    Enter Your Dossier
    box and click the
  11. Click the
    Activate License
  12. Review the EULA, and if you agree with the terms, click the
    button at the bottom of the screen.
  13. Select the license and copy and paste it into the
    License Text
  14. Click the
    button at the bottom of the screen.
If a license or offering fails to activate, the license displays with a yellow triangle next to it in the list. You'll need to reactivate that license and its offerings. For individual offerings, you can add an optional description for identification after activation.