> There is no way to verify whether the installed license is a demo or
> permanent. There is also no way to verify that a permanent license was
> (properly) installed. The real problem is Sun Licensing. The software
> they use to generate licenses (from serial number + hostid) is very
> buggy, crashes often, takes hours or days to generate a license, and
> may forget your license request altogether. If you call or email for a
> license don't expect to be emailed / faxed back on the first try
> regardless of what the operator says.
I don't know about how Sun generates the licenses or what difficulty
they may have in doing so. But regarding being able to determine
what license is installed, the command
which works on non-Sun supplied copies of FireWall-1 (i.e. from a
VAR such as myself) will display the expiration date and type of
license. If it says 'eval' it is a temporary, evaluation license,
due to expire on the date shown. A permanent license will show it is
permanent and never expires. I would assume the same command will
work on your system.
I believe this is checked when the software is started up and when you
install the policy filter, in which case you're notified if it is no
longer valid. (Of course if you boot the system you will likely not
see the message.) So theoritically if the system is never booted it
will continue to work until you install a new policy. Of course,
you may be in violation of the license agreement if it is beyond the
validatity date and you're still using it. (I'll leave this for the
lawyers to figure out.)
As a VAR for the product it is my responsibility to ensure that the
permanent license is installed before the evaluation license expires.
If I were to be negligent in doing so I would be sued out of business.
I hope this information is of some use to you.
Adam Horwitz (708) 778-9531
Tripcom Systems Inc. adam @