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Sophos UTM Home Edition license expired

This posting is ~5 years years old. You should keep this in mind. IT is a short living business. This information might be outdated.

Sophos offers a free license of their UTM firewall for private use. The product was originally developed by Astaro and since these days I use it at home. After the merger with Sophos I switched to the new Sophos UTM 9, still using my old license. I use it to seperate my test VLAN from my normal VLAN, and I use it as proxy with antivirus scanning for all my devices (iPhone, iPad, laptop etc.), but the UTM can do a lot more than this. This morning I wanted to read my Twitter timeline on my iPhone but I got no connection over WLAN. After disabling the proxy it worked fine. I took a look at the admin interface of my UTM and what did I see? An expired license. WTF?!

UTM_expired_license

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So I needed a new license file. I couldn’t imagine, that Sophos canceled all the feature for home uses. I went to the Sophos homepage, but I hadn’t a login for MyUTM. So I decied to register for a new UTM download to get credentials for the MyUTM website. After a short time I got an e-mail with the desired credentials. I logged in and downloaded the new license file.

UTM_myutm_license

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After the installation of the new license file, everything was fine again.

UTM_active_license

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As you notice, the new license has an expiration date. So better schedule an alarm to get a new one, before you miss your family IT SLAs. Nothing is worse than to have wife and kids complaining about not working IT services at home. ;)