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[ScreenOS] What is the difference between a subscription and a perpetual license for Juniper firewalls?

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Article ID: KB9740 KB Last Updated: 29 Dec 2017Version: 7.0
Summary:

This article provides information about the difference between a subscription and perpetual license for Juniper firewalls.

The following topics are addressed:

  • What is a license key?
  • Why is the subscription service not working?
  • Why did the AV, DI service expire?
  • Does the capacity or feature license have to be renewed?
  • Can I combine two quantities of subscription licenses of the same type to extend the expiration date?
Solution:

The following types of license keys are available for Juniper firewalls:

  • Perpetual License or Static keys are permanent keys and do not expire. For example, Capacity Increase and Feature Upgrades
  • Subscription keys are licenses that have to be renewed prior to expiration. Juniper offers 1 up to 5 years subscription. For example, Antivirus (AV), Deep Inspection (DI), Web Filtering, Anti-Spam, and so on.
  • Multi-year subscription licenses are currently available for a maximum of 5 years. Varieties of 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year subscriptions are available. Validity of subscription licenses can be extended by purchasing a license renewal and not by generating two quantities of licenses of the same type.
 

The License Subscription chart lists the types of license and subscriptions that are available for a firewall product line.

 
Product
Available Licenses
Terms
License Type
Trial Key Available
NS-5XP
  • Unlimited capacity key
One Time Purchase
Permanent Key
No
NS-5XT
  • Unlimited capacity Key
One Time Purchase
Permanent Key
No
NS-HSC
  • Unlimited capacity Key
One Time Purchase
Permanent Key
No
  • Kaspersky Anti Virus (AV)
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
  • Web Filtering (UF)
  • Anti-Spam (AS)
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes

NS-5GT Series
Includes: NS-5GT ADSL, NS-5GT Wireless, and NS-5GT ADSL Wireless

  • Plus
    (Increases device from 10 user to Unlimited user). This is noted as NS-5GT-PLU
  • Extended
  • High Availability
One Time Purchase
Permanent Key
No
  • Kaspersky Anti Virus (AV)
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
  • Web Filtering (UF)
  • Anti-Spam (AS)
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes
NS-25 and NS-50
  • Advance
    (Baseline to Advance key upgrade)
One Time Purchase
Permanent Key
No
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
  • Web Filtering (UF)
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes
NS-204/208
  • Virtualization Key
    (Provides additional 96 VLANS and 10 zones for 4.0.3 and higher)
  • Advance
    (Baseline to Advance key upgrade)
One Time Purchase
Permanent Key
No
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes
NS-500/5200/5400
  • Virtual System Upgrades
  • Virtual Router Upgrade
  • Zone capacity Upgrade
One Time Purchase
Permanent Key
No
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes
ISG-1000 and ISG-2000
  • Advance
    (Baseline to Advance key upgrade)
  • IDP Upgrade kit
  • GPRS Upgrade kit (for ISG-2000 only)
  • Virtual System Upgrade
  • Virtual Router Upgrade
  • Zone Capacity Upgrade
One Time Purchase
Permanent Key
No
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
  • Web Filtering (UF)
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes
SSG-5
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
  • Anti Virus (AV)
  • Web Filtering (UF)
  • Anti Spam (AS)

    Note: "High Memory" configuration required for these services, consult the ScreenOS release notes
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes
SSG-20
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
  • Anti Virus (AV)
  • Web Filtering (UF)
  • Anti Spam (AS)

    Note: "High Memory" configuration required for these services, consult the ScreenOS release notes
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes
SSG-140
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
  • Anti Virus (AV)
  • Web Filtering (UF)
  • Anti Spam (AS)

    Note: "High Memory" configuration required for these services, consult the ScreenOS release notes
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes
SSG-520 and SSG-550
  • Deep Inspection (DI)
  • Anti Virus (AV)
  • Web Filtering (UF)
  • Anti Spam (AS)

    Note: "High Memory" configuration required for these services, consult the ScreenOS release notes
Annual Purchase
Subscription
Yes

To generate a License Key, refer to the following articles:
KB9861 - [Junos] Perpetual license - Generate and Install
KB9731 - [Junos] Subscriptions - Register and Install
KB31031 - [Non-Junos] Licenses - Generate and Install
 
Modification History:
2017-12-27: Embedded table and removed link as page wasn't rendering correctly.
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