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Attaching your subscription to Ubuntu

Attaching the Ubuntu Advantage subscription to Ubuntu, brings the enterprise lifecycle, including Linux kernel livepatching, access to FIPS validated packages, and compliance with security profiles such as CIS. This is not required on Ubuntu Pro instances on AWS, Azure or GCP, as these are automatically attached from launch.


ΝΟΤΕ: Not only enterprises can have a subscription, anyone can get a personal subscription for free on up to 3 machines, or 50 if you are an official Ubuntu Community member.


The following instructions explain how to attach your subscription to your Ubuntu systems.

Step 1: Installing the UA client

This step is necessary for Ubuntu Advantage customers or holders of personal subscriptions. If you are an Ubuntu Pro user, your subscription is already attached and you may skip these instructions.

We first need to make sure that we have the latest version of the UA client running:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install ubuntu-advantage-tools

This will ensure that you are running the latest version of the UA client.

Step 2: Attaching your subscription

Once you have checked that you are running the latest version of the UA client, you need to attach the UA token to your UA client to gain access to the Ubuntu Advantage services.

First we need to retrieve our UA token from our Ubuntu Advantage dashboard. To access your dashboard, you need an Ubuntu One account. If you still need to create one, ensure that you use the email address used to create your subscription.

The Ubuntu One account functions as a single-sign-on, so once logged in we can go straight to the Ubuntu Advantage dashboard at ubuntu.com/advantage. Then click on the ‘Machines’ column in the Your Paid Subscriptions table to reveal your token.

Now we’re ready to attach our UA token to the UA client:

$ sudo ua attach <your_ua_token>
Enabling default service esm-infra
Updating package lists
ESM Infra enabled
Enabling default service livepatch
Canonical livepatch enabled.

This machine is now attached to your account.

Note that Extended Security Maintenance and Livepatch will auto-enable once your token has been attached to your machine.

After attaching the UA client with your token you can also use the UA client to activate most of the Ubuntu Advantage services, including Livepatch, FIPS, and the CIS Benchmark tool.

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