Properties of a Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition sublicense

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About sublicensing

The Parallels product licenses in a business subscription can be split into one or more subsets of licenses (hereafter referred to as sublicenses), each of which has its own license key and contains a certain amount of product licenses. A sublicense key can be distributed to a group of users without the risk that the main subscription key be stolen or used inappropriately. Each sublicense has its own date of expiration.

Main license pool

In a subscription with no sublicenses, all product licenses remain in a single array, named the main license pool. After creating a sublicense, some licenses can be used via that sublicense, while other licenses still remain in the main license pool and can be distributed from there to other sublicenses or used for a product activation via the primary subscription license key.

Methods of allocating licenses in a sublicense

Reading the sublicense properties in the product details page



The type of the license. sublicense: Primary (the main key which is split into sublicenses), Dynamic (sublicense with a dynamic number of licenses taken from the main license pool) or Reserved (sublicense with reserved number of licenses, taken from the main license pool). The sublicenses are shown in the screenshot above are named Department 1 and Department 2.


The total number of licenses for a particular Parallels business product included in the subscription.


The total number of licenses used for the product activations including those done by the main license key as well as by all sublicense keys.


The total number of product licenses that have not yet been used.

How it's calculated:

N_available_main_pool = N_total - N_used_main_pool - N_used_reserved


Available dynamic

The total number of licenses that are still available in the main licenses pool.

How it's calculated:

N_available_dynamic_sub = MINIMAL_OF ((N_max_lic_sublicense - N_used_sublicense); N_available_main_pool)


Available reserved

The total number of unused licenses in all reserved sublicenses.

How it's calculated:

N_reserved_available = N_reserved_total - N_reserved_used


Expires on

The license expiration date.

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