The cluster license key enables features and capacity within Redis Enterprise Software. A key can be added, or updated at any time in a cluster's life cycle. The absence of a key means the cluster is in trial mode.

Trial Mode

A cluster without a key is running in trial mode. Trial mode is limited to thirty days and a total of four shards, including master and slave shards. Any new installation starts its thirty-day clock from the day the cluster setup was done (with the first cluster node provisioned). This mode allows all features to be enabled, including Redis on Flash, during the trial period.

Adding or Updating a Cluster Key

A key can be input into the cluster either using rladmin during cluster setup or afterward through the web UI. In the web UI, go to Settings -> General and paste your cluster key into the form field for it. Click the Save button.

Note: Once a key is added, you can not remove or revert the cluster to trial mode, but the key can be updated.

An existing cluster key can be updated at any time provided the new cluster license key is valid. If saving of a new cluster key fails, the operation returns the error "invalid license key". In this case, the existing key stays in effect.

Expired Cluster Key

If the current date is not between the start and end date embedded in the key, the key has expired.

When the license has expired, you cannot do the following operations:

  • Change database settings including security and config options
  • Add/Remove new database
  • Upgrade database to a new version
  • Add/Remove new node

You can perform the following operations even if your key fails to update:

  • View the UI: cluster, node and database settings, metrics at any resolutions (sec to min to hour etc)
  • Change cluster settings including license key, security for admins and cluster alerts.
  • over when a node fails and explicitly migrate shard between nodes
  • Upgrade node to a new version