[KB6826] Activate ESET business products offline (8.x)

Issue

  • Activation fails due to no internet connection
  • A Security Admin needs an offline license file (.lf) to activate an ESET product

Solution

  1. Create offline license files
  2. Insert the offline license file during activation

With ESET Business Account (EBA), you can download offline (version 6.x and later) or legacy (version 5.x and earlier) licenses that can be used to activate products installed on a computer without an internet connection (or that cannot be activated for some other reason).

I. Create offline license files

  1. Open the ESET PROTECT Web Console in your web browser and log in.

  2. Click ... MoreLicense Management ActionsAdd Licenses and select Offline License File. Take note of or copy the License File Token (you will need it later). Click Cancel.

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  1. Click ActionsOpen EBA and log in to your ESET Business Account. 
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  1. In your ESET Business Account, click Licenses, click the product license that you want to export and click Create offline files.
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  1. Select a product for this file from the Product drop-down menu at the top of the dialog window. Type the name of the file in the Name field and type a unit count in Unit count field (number of seats exported to the license file; the maximum is 5). Select the check box next to Allow management with ESET PROTECT and type or copy/paste the ESET PROTECT token that you have saved from Step 2 in the ESET PROTECT token field. Click Generate.

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You will see the Offline license file was created notification when it is successful.

  1. Click the product license and click Show details.

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  1. Click Offline files, click the license file that you just created and then click Download.

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You will see the Selected file was downloaded message when it is successful.

Download option is not offered

If the download option for the offline file is not offered, you need to enable downloading offline files.

  1. Click Settings and click the slider bar next to Show the download option for offline license files to enable it (the slider bar turns blue when enabled).

  1. In the ESET PROTECT console Add License window, click Choose File below the Offline License File, select the offline license file that you just downloaded from ESET Business Account and click Upload → Add Licenses.

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You will see the Licenses have been successfully added by license file message when it is complete. There may be a delay before the list is updated.

  1. The licenses will be displayed by category in the License Management tab. Click the expander button next to Owner name to see the license and the number of units.
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II. Insert the offline license file during activation

To activate endpoint workstations individually, follow the steps how to activate ESET endpoint products.

To activate endpoint workstations from ESET PROTECT, follow the steps how to activate ESET business products using ESET PROTECT and select the offline license file you created in Section I.

  1. View the instructions how to deploy or upgrade ESET endpoint products using ESET PROTECT and use the settings as described in the following steps.

  2. In the Basic section, type a name for your task in the Name field. The Description field is optional.

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  1. In the Settings section, select Install by direct package URL and type or copy/paste the URL where the file is hosted on your network share. Select the offline license file that you created in Section 1 and select the check box next to I accept the End User License Agreement. Select the check box next to Automatically reboot when needed and click Continue.

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  1. Complete the steps to deploy or upgrade ESET endpoint products using ESET PROTECT (proceed with Step 6 if you have finished Step 3 of Section II of this article) to create the task and add a trigger.