When to Activate
After you purchase, you receive License Keys to use to activate the product license on each WFE server on your farm. License Keys never expire. See How many License Keys do I need for my SharePoint farm for more information. You can use a license key on only one server at a time. Servers in non-production (i.e., Staging, Test, Dev) farms require licenses too, just like servers in your production farm.
Activating a Standard Product License
For most Bamboo products, license keys are required for each WFE server in the SharePoint Farm. For certain products, such as Alert Plus or List Rollup, additional license keys may be required for application servers as well to use certain features. See Activating Your Bamboo Product License
Suites, Packs, Libraries, and Toolkits
For Bamboo Suites, Packs, Libraries and Toolkits, a single license activates all the products in the suite or pack for a specific WFE server. See Overview of Suite or Pack Licensing.
On very large farms with several Bamboo products installed, it is often difficult to manage so many license keys. Bamboo offers keyless licensing for these scenarios. Please contact your Sales Manager for more information about keyless licensing.
Use the Bamboo Web License Manager to activate Bamboo products install on the SharePoint farm. For additional details, please see
- Installing the Bamboo Web License Manager
- Activating Your Bamboo Product License
- Activating My Bamboo Product License Offline if your server doesn’t have access to the Internet.
Some Bamboo products are not installed on the SharePoint farm, but on a PC or server somewhere on your network. To activate the license for these products, please see Activating a Bamboo Desktop Product Using the License Manager.
Moving or Migrating your farm
If you are moving your SharePoint farm to new servers, please see Migrating my Bamboo Product License to a New Server. Licenses are activated to a particular hardware profile of the server. If the profile changes (i.e., you add a hard drive), the license will require migration.
If you have migrated your environment to a new SharePoint version (i.e., from SharePoint 201 to SharePoint 2013), see Migrate your Bamboo Product License Key From one SharePoint version to another. License keys for products running in different SharePoint versions are different. On-Prem Bamboo products on active support are eligible for no-cost upgrades to a newer SharePoint version (2016/2019/2022) as long as the two farms are not running concurrently for more than 60 days. Migrations to Microsoft 365 will require the purchase of new licenses. However, we do offer a discount for customers on current support for an on-premise product that has a Microsoft 365 equivalent
For product trials, no license is required. If you are wondering about the status of your trial or when it will expire, please see
- Overview of Bamboo Product Trials
- How long do trial versions of Bamboo software last and when do they start?
- How to check the status of your trial license
- Can trials be extended