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Trial versions of control panels

How to test a control panel before purchase?

You can evaluate the functionality of a control panel before purchase. Install the panel on your server and activate a free (trial) license. Such control panels have limits by the time of usage, number of clients, and its functions.

  1. ISPmanager —14 days.
  2. BILLmanager — 50 clients.
  3. VMmanager — 2 virtual machines, 5 nodes, and 16 GB RAM машины, 5 узлов и 16 GB RAM.
  4. DCImanager — 5 servers.
  5. DNSmanager — 50 domain names.
  6. IPmanager — 2048 IP addresses.

How to install a trial version?

You need to install a control panel and activate free or paid license. We recommend that you install a panel on a freshly installed system, each panel on a separate server. Contact our Customer care department should you have any difficulties. For more information see the section Installation and update.

How to activate a trial version?

After you have installed the panel, you need to activate the license.

  1. Open the panel in your browser https://<server ip address>:1500/ispmgr, where ispmgr is a short name of a control panel.
  2. In the form that will open select Get a trial version.
  3. Enter your login and password from the Client area. if you don’t have an account, specify a random login and password, the the system will register the account automatically.
  4. Copy the activation key from the Welcome email that you received to the registration email.
  5. Enter the activation key into the corresponding field.

ISPmanager trial cannot be activated. Why?

According to ISPsystem rules a trial license can be activated only once on a certain IP address. If you activate the license for the first time, but there is no the “Get a trial version” option, it means that a previous owner of the server (another client of your hosting provider) has already activated ISPmanager trail.

To have the license activated, contact our Customer care department. Our managers will reset the activation history on that IP address. Once completed, perform the following steps:

  1. Delete the license file from the server:rm /usr/local/mgr5/etc/ispmgr.lic;
  2. Download the file again: /usr/local/mgr5/sbin/licctl fetch ispmgr;
  3. Open the panel on https://<server ip address>:1500/ispmgr, where ispmgr is a short name of the control panel;
  4. Activate the license as described in “How to activate a trial version”

How to upgrade from a trial version to a paid license?

You can upgrade from a trial version to a paid license without reinstalling the system. All the settings you have made will be kept. To upgrade from a trial version, you need to purchase the license and activate the panel. There are two ways to do so:

Pay for the existing license

When you activate a trial version, the system automatically register the account for you in ISPsystem Client area. The information about your license is kept in the Client area. To upgrade to a paid version, you just need to pay for it. The panel will get activated automatically.

  1. Log into the Сlient area.
  2. Navigate to the ISPsystem licenses section.
  3. Open the license and click Renew on the license management form.
  4. Select a licensing period and payment method. Click on Pay. Learn more in How to pay for ISPsystem services.
  5. The license will get activated after payment

If the automatic activation failed, execute the command to upload it manually: /usr/local/mgr5/sbin/licctl fetch ispmgr, where ispmgr is a short name of a control panel.

Pay for a new license

If you first used a trial version, and then ordered a commercial license from our website, you will have two different licenses. To activate a full version of the control panel, you need to delete the IP address in the license edit form and enter it for the new one.

  1. Log into the Client area.
  2. Navigate to the ISPsystem licenses section.
  3. Open the trial license edit from. Delete the IP-address and click Save. You can also delete the license.
  4. Open the paid license edit form. Enter the IP address and click Save to apply the changes.
  5. Once completed, the license will be activated automatically.

If the automatic activation failed, execute the command to upload it manually: /usr/local/mgr5/sbin/licctl fetch ispmgr, where ispmgr is a short name of a control panel.

Learn more in the article License activation and troubleshooting.