Use the validate_license command to specify a path to the Centrify license container and determine if there is a valid license. If there is a valid license, the command stores an indicator in the ADEdit current context. If the command does not find a valid license, it reports an error and exits.

ADEdit requires a valid license before a zone is created. The create_zone and create_computer_role commands do an implicit search for a valid license. For example, you can call create_zone and let it attempt to find the container and validate the license. If that command fails to find a valid license, use validate_license to validate the license container from an explicit path.

You can call the validate_license command multiple times. Successive indicators take precedence. The command writes separate indicators for each forest—that is, each license is valid for a forest. You can use the show license command to see the list of forests that have been found to have a valid license.

Do not call validate_license before you bind to the domain.

The validate_license context is deleted when ADEdit exits.

Zone type

Not applicable


validate_license path




This command takes no options.


This command takes the following argument:

Argument Type Description



Required. Specifies the path is the license container’s distinguished name (DN).

Return value

This command returns nothing.


validate_license “CN=Licenses,OU=Centrify,DC=acme,DC=com”

This example looks in the container for a valid license.

Related commands

The following commands perform actions related to this command:

  • bind defines the current domain.
  • create_zone does in implicit validate license during execution.
  • show with the license option lists all forests that have a valid license.