How to Purchase and Activate a License Key for OpenVPN Access Server
If you want to use OpenVPN Access Server to create a secure VPN connection for your devices, you will need to purchase and activate a license key to unlock more than two simultaneous VPN connections. This article will guide you through the steps of purchasing and activating a license key for OpenVPN Access Server using the fixed license key method.
What is a Fixed License Key?
A fixed license key is an older and less flexible method of activating your Access Server to unlock more connections. You buy them for a specific size, and then you cannot change that size afterwards. A fixed license key always follows the format of 4 groups of 4 characters, such as #THI-SISA-NEXA-MPLE[^2^]. You can only activate the key once on an Access Server, and it locks to the hardware/software of your system. It is also the only licensing method that works on a server that has no Internet access at all, as there is an offline activation method available for this type of software license.
How to Purchase a Fixed License Key?
To purchase a fixed license key, you need to register for a free account on openvpn.net[^1^]. This does not obligate you to purchase anything; registration is free. With an account on our website you can use the purchase license key page and select the fixed license key option. You can choose the number of connections you want to unlock, from 10 to 1000. The price per connection depends on the duration of the license, from 1 month to 3 years. You can also choose whether you want to renew your license automatically or manually. After you complete your payment, you will receive an email with your fixed license key.
How to Activate a Fixed License Key?
To activate a fixed license key, you need to have OpenVPN Access Server installed on your server. You also need to have at least Access Server version 2.6.1 or higher in order to be able to activate a fixed license key online[^2^]. If you have an older Access Server, you must first upgrade your Access Server to a more recent version.
Once you have your fixed license key and your Access Server ready, you can go to Configuration > Activation in the Admin UI of your Access Server. There you can enter the fixed license key and press the Activate button. The OpenVPN Access Server will then attempt to contact our activation servers and activate this fixed license key[^2^]. If your server has no Internet access, you can use the offline activation method instead.
If you encounter any problems with purchasing or activating a fixed license key, you can contact our support department for assistance. Some common issues are:
- Your fixed license key does not work or has expired.
- You want to change the licensed amount or duration of your fixed license key.
- You want to transfer your fixed license key to another server or installation.
- You have lost your fixed license key or email confirmation.
In these cases, we may be able to help you resolve the issue or provide you with a new fixed license key. Please note that some requests may incur additional fees or require proof of purchase.
In this article, we have explained how to purchase and activate a license key for OpenVPN Access Server using the fixed license key method. This is an older and less flexible method of licensing your Access Server, but it may be suitable for some scenarios where you need a specific number of connections or offline activation. If you are looking for a more flexible and scalable licensing model, you may want to consider using our software subscription licenses instead[^1^]. These licenses allow you to change the licensed amount at any time, activate multiple servers with one subscription account, and benefit from automatic updates and support.