Apply a license key

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You need to apply a valid license key to Transfer CFT in the following situations:

  • You perform an initial Transfer CFT installation.
  • A hardware upgrade changes the CPU ID (CPU serial number).
  • After a year passes, to replace an expired license key.
  • To ramp up a Transfer CFT Disaster Recovery instance (for example, on a DR LPAR for z/OS systems).
  • If you are migrating from a version 2.x Transfer CFT to a version 3.x.
Note You require as many keys as instances of Transfer CFT running at same time, including when running in multi-node. For example, two Transfer CFT instances cannot run at the same time, on the same server, using the same license key.

Obtain a license key

  1. For a new installation, install Transfer CFT.
  2. After completing the installation, or for an existing installation, use the command cftutil about to retrieve your system information. For details see the examples below.
  3. Contact the Axway Fulfillment team at the appropriate email address to obtain a valid key.
    • For a US key, contact:
    • For an EMEA or APAC key, contact:
  4. Provide the hostname where Transfer CFT is to be installed or updated.
  5. Provide the list of characters in the CPU ID.

Apply a license key

To apply the license key from the Axway Fulfillment team, enter the key(s) in the indirection file. Place the character # before the path name of the indirection file. For example, enter KEY=#prefix..UPARM(PRODKEY) in the CFTPARM definition. Note:

  • The file can contain one or multiple license keys, but there must be one key per line.
  • On start up the first valid key is used.

Transfer CFT in multi-node architecture can use a single key for a multi-node installation; as either:

  • The hostname must not be defined for the key, or
  • The hostname defined for the key matches the hostname of one of the hosts that composes the multi-node instance

Additionally, the key must have the cluster option.


Enter the license key in the following format.



Access the <TARGET>.INSTALL library, and run the JCL called CFTABOUT. Near the bottom of the CFTABOUT output, the cpuid line is displayed.

* cpuid = 000000000ABC1234

In this example, you would provide the CPU ID 000000000ABC1234.

Note Your cpuid will differ from those shown in the examples.

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