The Certificate Number of the IPS/TPS is the unique "software" serial number which is used to register and identify your device for entitlement to Threat Management Center (TMC) and TippingPoint Support.
The format of the Certificate Number is as follows: XXXXX-XXXX-XXXX
The first set of digits is the IPS/TPS model type (ie. 440T= Model 440T or 2600NX = Model 2600NX). The middle set of digits is the unique ID of the IPS, and the third set of digits is the manufacturing date code
The Certificate Number is output using the CLI command "show version" as the Serial Number.
Serial: 7500NX-XXXX-XXXX ****This Line denotes the Certificate Number****
Software: 188.8.131.5221 Build Date: "Dec 12 2016, 18:00:59" Production
Digital Vaccine: 184.108.40.20690
Host Board: D1
Serial: VTPS-XXXX-XXXX ****This Line denotes the Certificate Number****
Software: 220.127.116.1115i Build Date: "Oct 7 2017 04:13:03" Production [f1c4e6faa]
Digital Vaccine: 18.104.22.16819
Reputation DV: 20171004-002326
DV Toolkit: 1501862397009-1.csw (22.214.171.124)
Model: vTPS Standard (IPS Normal)
HW Serial: TMTPVT1ABC
HW Revision: VSA
Throughput: 500 Mbps
System Boot Time: Mon Oct 30 13:47:03 2017
Note: The Certificate Number is also located on the bottom of the IPS on a white sticker and is listed as the "Certificate Number".