Upgrade license

Licenses can be upgraded within a single license purchase or simultaneously within multiple licenses. However, selected licenses must belong to the same application family. Note that only existing licenses can be upgraded.

To upgrade one or more licenses:

  1. Perform one of the following steps:

    • To upgrade a single license:

      1. Navigate to the license to be upgraded.

      2. On the context menu, click Upgrade license.

    • To upgrade multiple licenses at the same time:

      1. On the Licenses menu, click List all licenses.

      2. Click the check boxes to the left to select the licenses.

      3. On the context menu, click Upgrade.

  2. The Add license view appears.

  3. On the Base licenses tab, the number of Available base licenses is stated. In the Base licenses to upgrade box for the application, type the number of base licenses to be upgraded, and in the Upgrade quantity box, type the quantity to upgrade to.

  4. On the Purchase tab, select the application to upgrade to by performing the following steps:

    1. Click the search icon.

      The Find application dialog box appears.

    2. Select to search by application name or SKU.

    3. Type a search criteria and click Search.

    4. Select application in the displayed list and then click OK.

  5. Enter the rest of the license purchase information according to Add license purchase.

Example 17.

You can change license metric when upgrading licenses. For example, a license for Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard has Installations as default metric. If that license is upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, the upgrade license can have Number of processors as metric, which is the Microsoft default metric for this Windows Server version. Subsequently, the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard license can be upgraded to a Windows Server 2016 Standard license, then using Number of processor cores as metric.

For an upgrade license, one can specify the number of Base licenses to upgrade, and also the Upgrade quantity.

To trace the upgrades for a license, select the Purchase tab on the license detail view for that license. If you are displaying a license that has been upgraded to or upgraded from, Show base licenses and Show upgrades will display, respectively.