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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall

Validity

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Termed vs. Non-termed License: How long is a license valid?

The base license is a non-termed license and runs until the year 2030. All other subscriptions are termed licenses and are valid until expiration date. Only active subscription licenses guarantee functionality of the subscript add-on features.

All Termed Software (TSF, TSFp) and all Public Cloud licenses (VFC, VFCp) – regardless of whether it is a single or pool license – have all modules of base functionality licensed under the Energize Updates subscription. Also, all Enterprise licenses (pool licenses) – except Virtual Pool, VFp – have all services of the Base license running within the Energize Updates license.

The firewall will stop all base functionality as soon as the Energize Updates subscription becomes INVALID. The box will stop forwarding traffic but will remain reachable directly via Barracuda Firewall Admin or remotely via Control Center.

What happens when a license expires?

When a subscription exceeds the expiration date, it enters GRACE mode. When the grace period ends, the license becomes INVALID. Single licenses have a grace period of 15 days, and Enterprise licenses (pool) have a grace period of 60 days (except the VFp – Virtual Appliance Pool). No later than 15 days prior to the expiration date, the Barracuda Firewall Admin application displays a warning message.

What happens when a license becomes invalid?

When a license becomes INVALID, the subscribed features/services keeps working but configuration changes and subscription updates are blocked after 24 hours. On the day the license becomes invalid, the Barracuda Firewall Admin application displays a warning message.

  • Single - Control Center managed: On firmware versions 7.1.4 or lower, unlicensed services shut down immediately.
  • Pool and Corporate-Site: On firmware versions 7.2.1 or lower, unlicensed services shut down immediately.

CloudGen Firewall Product

Functionality

Type

Validity

Grace Period of License

Barracuda Hardware F

 

Base

Single

Non-termed until 2030

None

Subscriptions

Single

Termed until expiration date

15 d + 24 h

Barracuda Hardware Fp

 

Base

Pool

Termed until expiration date of Energize Updates subscription

60 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

Pool

Termed until expiration date

60 d + 24 h

Virtual Appliance VF

 

Base

Single

Non-termed until 2030

None

Subscriptions

Single

Termed until expiration date

15 d + 24 h

Virtual Appliance VFp

 

Base

Pool

Non-termed until 2030

None

Subscriptions

Pool

Termed until expiration date

15 d + 24 h

Standard Hardware TSF

 

Base

Single

Termed until expiration date of Energize Updates subscription

60 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

Single

Termed until expiration date

60 d + 24 h

Standard Hardware TSFp

 

Base

Pool

Termed until expiration date of Energize Updates subscription

60 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

Pool

Termed until expiration date

60 d + 24 h

Public Cloud Instance VFC

 

Base

Single

Termed until expiration date of Energize Updates subscription

60 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

Single

Termed until expiration date

60 d + 24 h

Public Cloud Instance VFCp

 

Base

Pool

Termed until expiration date of Energize Updates subscription

60 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

Pool

Termed until expiration date

60 d + 24 h

To learn more about the services provided by each license, please refer to the CloudGen Firewall Product Overview brochure on https://barracuda.com

What happens when Base License is removed?

Without base license – or without any license – the CloudGen Firewall runs in Demo mode with reduced feature set and limited functionality, e.g. low encryption, no updates, limited number of VPN clients. As soon base services are correctly licensed the full functionality of the service is available. When the base license is removed at a later date, the CloudGen Firewall turns back to Demo mode.

For more information about base licenses, see Base Licenses.

What happens when an Add-on License (Subscription) is removed?

Subscriptions or add-on licenses entitle specific add-on features and services. E.g. Energize Updates Subscription is needed for Barracuda URL-Filter and App-Detection, or Malware Protection Subscription entitles Anti-Virus service. When an add-on license is removed, unlicensed services shut down after 24 hours.

When an add-on license is removed from firewalls running firmware version 7.2.1 or lower, unlicensed services shut down immediately.

For more information about subscriptions, see  Subscriptions .

What is a Time Stamp?

When you assign a pool license to a box, the Control Center creates a unique child license (float license) for each box and issues a time stamp for validity check. The time stamp needs to be renewed periodically. A pool-licensed box must therefore be reachable by Control Center to receive time stamp renewals.

For more information about pool licensing, see  Enterprise Licensing (Pool) .

What happens when a Pool License expires?

When a pool license expires the Control Center stops renewing time stamps of child licenses on boxes, which means, you must renew pool license of all subscriptions to guarantee that the Control Center may update the time stamp on boxes.

What happens when a Pool-licensed Box doesn’t get Time Stamp renewal by the CC?

The time stamp has the same grace period as the pool license itself. This means when the pool license has a grace period of 60 days, also the time stamp of the float license (child license) needs to be renewed within 60 days to stay valid. In case the time stamp of the child license on the box doesn’t get an update within the grace period, it becomes invalid. With firmware release 7.2.1 or lower the service of an invalid license stops immediately. Running release 7.2.2 or higher the service keeps running with an additional grace of 24 hours. After that functionality entitled by this license keeps working, but configuration and updates are blocked.

The base license has an expiration date of 2030 – but nevertheless all boxes must be reachable by the Control Center to get the time stamp updated. If not also the base float license (base child license) on the box becomes invalid after grace period, plus additional 24 hours. After that functionality entitled by the base license keeps working, but configuration and updates are blocked.

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Pool License

Functionality

Validity of Pool License

Grace Period of License / Time Stamp

Barracuda Hardware Fp

 

Base

within Energize Updates sub

60 days / 60 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

termed until expiration date

60 days / 60 d + 24 h

Virtual Appliance VFp

 

Base

non-termed until 2030

   None / 15 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

termed until expiration date

15 days / 15 d + 24 h

Standard Hardware TSFp

 

Base

within Energize Updates sub

60 days / 60 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

termed until expiration date

60 days / 60 d + 24 h

Public Cloud Instance VFCp

 

Base

within Energize Updates sub

60 days / 60 d + 24 h

Subscriptions

termed until expiration date

60 days / 60 d + 24 h

For more details regarding enterprise licensing, please refer to our Enterprise and Service-Provider Licensing Whitepaper .

What happens when Pool Base License is removed?

Without base license – or without any license – the CloudGen Firewall runs in Demo mode. As soon base services are correctly licensed the full functionality of the service is available. When the base license is removed at a later date, the CloudGen Firewall turns back to Demo mode. Please note that for Pool Licensing and Corporate Site Licensing all base functionality is entitled by Energize Updates Subscription.

What happens when a Pool Add-on License (Subscription) is removed?

Subscriptions or add-on licenses entitle specific add-on features and services. Please note that for pool licenses all base functionality is entitled by Energize Updates Subscription. When an add-on license is removed at a later date, the CloudGen Firewall shuts down this service. That is the main difference to when a license becomes invalid, where the service keeps on running. When removing an add-on license on firmware release 7.2.1 or lower the service is stopped immediately, running release 7.2.2 or higher the service keeps running with an additional grace of 24 hours until it stops working.

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