To activate the license on your VM-Series firewall, you must have deployed the VM-Series firewall and completed initial configuration. To deploy the firewall, see
Use the instructions in this section for all the BYOL models including AWS and Azure; for usage-based licensing in AWS and Azure, you do not need to activate the license. For the usage-based licenses, you must
Register the Usage-Based Model of the VM-Series Firewall in AWS and Azure (no auth code)
in order to activate your premium support entitlement.
Until you activate the license on the VM-Series firewall, the firewall does not have a serial number, the MAC address of the dataplane interfaces are not unique, and only a minimal number of sessions are supported. Because the MAC addresses are not unique until the firewall is licensed, to prevent issues caused by overlapping MAC addresses, make sure that you do not have multiple, unlicensed VM-Series firewalls.