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As SELECTserver is entering a sunsetting phase, the SELECTserver activation keys will continue to work without further configuration changes on the end user machines. However, there are some incompatibilities between SELECTserver and the Subscription Entitlement Services (SES) that require organization administrators to do some configuration of the entitlements available to activation keys if those keys are configured with product restrictions in the Custom Activation Groups or Temporary Access Keys interface. As the SELECTserver Administrator interface will be disabled as part of this process, it is suggested that administrators complete these configurations before that occurs to ensure that there is no lapse in availability to end users configured to use those keys.
In SELECTserver, the list of entitlements available to an activation key was determined by the license site that the key was associated to. In SES, all activation keys are associated to an Entitlement country. Each Entitlement country has a list of available entitlements based on the contracts that are active in that country.
When a SELECTserver-licensed product version transmits usage, that activation key's entitlement to the product will be determined based on the availability of the entitlement in that key's Entitlement country and the administrator's access control settings on the product in that country or defined list of Allowed Applications in the Entitlement group that the Activation key is mapped to.
Entitlement groups in SES allow an administrator to define an Allowed Applications list that users associated to that group have access to. Administrators can also map an activation key to one Entitlement group. When an Activation key is used to activate a product, the Entitlement system will look to see the activation key is mapped to an Entitlement group and use that group's list of Allowed Applications to determine the entitlement. If the product is in the Allowed Applications list, the product will be activated. If the product is missing from the list, the product will not be activated.
Note: For administrators that are managing activation key entitlements in Entitlement Management, please note that the list of Allowed Applications will need to be configured manually. There is no capability to pull a previously configured list of Restricted Applications that existed in SELECTserver over in to the Subscription Entitlement Service.
To learn more about how to configure an Entitlement Group with an Allowed Application list, please see Entitlement Groups - Managing Access
Yes. Product restrictions configured on Custom Activation Groups and Temporary Keys in SELECTserver can be imported using the Configure Activation Key Restrictions tool on the Activation Key Mapping page. This tool will create a new Entitlement group with the same name as the Key Name, map the key to that new group and, import product restrictions from SELECTserver, if any exist. To see more about how that tool works please see Activation Key Mappings.
Note: The capability to import the list of product restrictions from SELECTserver will only be available for a short amount of time to facilitate the transition during the SELECTserver sunsetting. The date of deprecation of this import capability will be announced in advance.
Mapping an activation key to an Entitlement group can be done in the Entitlement Group interface in the Entitlement Management.
To map an activation key to an Entitlement Group:
If you don't see your key listed in the Search for Existing Key form, that may mean it's already mapped to another group. Activation keys can only be mapped to one Entitlement Group at a time.
Un-mapping an activation key from an Entitlement group will remove the association between the activation key and the group so that that Allowed Application list will no longer be applied to that key. It does not result in the key being deleted. The un-mapped key will continue to be able to activate applications based on the entitlements and access controls configured for the activation key's Entitlement country.
To un-map an activation key from an Entitlement group:
This Activation Key Mappings page may also be a convenient way to map or un-map an activation key.
Mapped activation keys can be disabled so they will no longer activate any products. Disabled keys can later be re-enabled.
To disable an Activation Key:
Disabling can be reverted by selecting Enabled.