Option 2: Install Serial Numbers in vFabric Serial Number Files

Another way for installing licenses is to add license files to the VMware vFabric serial number directory.

You can configure licensing by adding serial numbers to files in the VMware vFabric serial number directory and adding the keyword dynamic to the license-application-cache (Application Cache Node) and/or license-data-management (Data Management Node)property in gemfire.properties.

The following sections describe how to configure the serial number files and gemfire.properties file based on your deployment topology:
Simple Peer-to-Peer
  1. Create a file named vf.gf.acn-serial-numbers.txt and paste the Application Cache Node serial number into it.
  2. Save this file to the appropriate serial numbers directory on each peer member. See Local VMware vFabric Directories for the appropriate directory based on your operating system.
  3. On all peer members, specify license-application-cache=dynamic in gemfire.properties. For example:
    # gemfire.properties for dynamic licensing of 
    # application cache peer
    license-application-cache=dynamic
    license-data-management=
Server Peer-to-Peer, Peer-to-Peer Over WAN, and Client/Server Deployments with Unlimited Clients
  1. Create a file named vf.gf.dmn-serial-numbers.txt and paste the Data Management Node serial number(s) into it.
    Note: If you have received multiple Data Management Node serial numbers for different upgrade options (Unlimited Clients upgrade or Global WAN upgrade), list each serial number on a new line. The list must contain one Data Management Node serial number with one or more Data Management Node upgrade serial numbers.
  2. Save this file to the appropriate serial numbers directory on all cache servers or peer members. See Local VMware vFabric Directories for the appropriate directory based on your operating system.
  3. On all cache servers or peer members, specify license-data-management=dynamic in gemfire.properties. For example:
    # gemfire.properties for dynamic licensing of 
    # data management cache server
    license-application-cache=
    license-data-management=dynamic

Client/Server with Limited Clients (WAN and non-WAN Deployments)


  1. Create both vf.gf.dmn-serial-numbers.txt and vf.gf.acn-serial-numbers.txt as described in the two previous procedures.
  2. Save the files to the appropriate serial numbers directory on each cache server member.
  3. Revise your gemfire.properties file on all cache servers:
    # gemfire.properties for dynamic licensing of 
    # data management cache server and application cache peers
    license-application-cache=dynamic
    license-data-management=dynamic