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The Floating USB key license model allows the License Manager to be transferred between computers by moving the USB key.  

 

This license model is rarely the best option, but it is occasionally used in secure environments where sub-networks are not connected together, or as a portability option for those needing to run the product on different non-networked workstations.

 

This license model requires the installation of Lumerical's FlexNet license manager.

 

A License File will be provided together with the USB key for this type of license. Both must be on the machine where the Lumerical's FlexNet license manager is installed to be able to access the license. This license file is activated offline.

 

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Notes

Administrator access is required.

Floating licenses allow users to access their licenses on any computer in the network.

The license manager can be moved between computers by moving the USB key.

This license model uses a file (.lic) base license in addition to the USB key.

There is an extra charge for the USB key.

License is activated offline.

Contents

FlexNet license manager installation

Importing the license file

Product installation

Configure product license

License availability

Transferring license

 


FlexNet license manager installation

Windows:

It is recommended to install the FlexNet License Manager on a reliable server that will remain running and connected to your local network. Please note that you must have administrator privilege to install the Lumerical FlexNet License Manager.

 

Download the Lumerical FlexNet Licensing Manager from the Download Center (registration required)

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Unzip the installation package. You can right-click the zip file and select Extract All...

Uninstall any previously installed version of the Lumerical License Manager.

Run the installer by launching the LFLM.msi installer

Install with "HASP drivers for use with a Flexera hardware key" option checked.

Install with HASP drivers for USB key

Plug the USB key into the machine, it should now be detected by the system. Then you will be able to access the FlexNet license manager dashboard and import the license file.

Note: Under install options, please ensure that "Standard Configuration" is checked. Keeping the default settings is recommended.

Linux:

It is recommended to install the FlexNet License Manager on a reliable server that will remain running and connected to your local network. Please note that you must have administrator privilege to install the Lumerical FlexNet License Manager. .

1.Download the Lumerical FlexNet Licensing Manager from the Download Center (registration required)

2.Extract the Compressed Installation Package of Lumerical FlexNet License Manager. Upon successful download, unpack the installation package with the following command:

tar -zxf <name of downloaded file>

3.Go to the Folder location of the extracted rpm files and use the command:

sudo sh ./install.sh

4.Select the option to install the HASP key drivers

Install with HASP drivers for USB key

5.Plug the USB key into the machine and,

6.Upon successful installation you will be able to access the FlexNet license manager dashboard and import the license file.

Mac OS:

1.Download the Lumerical FlexNet Licensing Manager from the Download Center (registration required)

2.Double click the disk image (Lumerical_FlexLM-<version>.dmg) to mount the installer.

3.Double click the installer package Lumerical FlexLM.pkg and follow the instructions on the installation wizard.

Install wizard

4.Plug the USB key into the machine and,

5.Upon successful installation you will be able to access the FlexNet license manager dashboard and import the license file.

Importing the license file (Done Offline)

Using the FlexNet license manager dashboard

1.This process is done on the computer where the license manager is installed.

2.Go to the Vendor Daemon Configuration on your FlexNet Publisher Dashboard, or by simply visiting the following link: http://localhost:8095/vendor

3.You will be asked to Sign In with an administrator user name and password, which are both set to 'admin' by default.

4.Click the Import License button

FlexNet Publisher

5.Then, click Choose File / Browse and located the license file that you have received from us.

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6.Click the Import License button If the update is successful, you will see messages in green that notify you that the update has been done successfully.

7.You will be required to restart your Lumerical Flex License Manager for the changes to take effect. Please see the Restart License Manager on how to do this.

8.You can verify the status of your licenses by opening the FlexNet publisher dashboard.

 

Note: If your new license is a license extension or renewal of your previous license that is still valid, your new license will not be available right away. Once your existing license expire, then the new license will show on the dashboard and be available for checkout after you have done the above steps.

 

One of the common error that you may encounter is the message: "License file exists. Cannot overwrite an existing file, licenses/LUMERICL/LicenseFile.lic, unless overwrite option is enabled"

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When this happens, it means that you have license file with the same file name in the same location. Please verify whether the previous license is still valid or not.

If the previous license is still valid: You must rename your new license to a unique name. Please only use alphabets and numbers for the file name (e.g. LicenseFile2013.lic)

If the previous license has expired: You can manually remove them, or alternatively during the import process, select "Overwrite License File on License Server" to overwrite your previous license file.

Linux command line installation

To install the license file from the command line in Linux, please see the following instructions.

oOpen the terminal

oCopy the license file that you received and put it in the "licenses" folder

sudo cp /home/lumerical/Desktop/LicenseFile.lic /opt/lumerical/lumerical-flexlm/licenses/LUMERICL/

oChange owner of the license file to lumlmadmin so that the license manager is able to access it

sudo chown lumlmadmin /opt/lumerical/lumerical-flexlm/licenses/LUMERICL/LicenseFile.lic

oRestart your license manager so the changes could take effects

oPlease see the the Restart License Manager section to restart the Lumerical FlexNet License Manager

Product Installation

Please install the Product according to your Operating System from here: Installation Manual

Configure product license

1.Open Product Configure License utility of the design software that you would like to change.

Windows:   Start-> All Programs-> Lumerical-> <PRODUCT>-> Configure license

Linux:   /opt/lumerical/<PRODUCT>/bin/<PRODUCT>-config-license

Mac OS:   Applications/Lumerical/<PRODUCT>/License Configure

 

NOTE: Replace <Product> with the Lumerical Product you are using. i.e. FDTD, MODE, DEVICE or INTERCONNECT

2.Select the Floating tab and enter the Host Name or IP address of the computer where Lumerical FlexNet License Manager is installed.

3.If the FlexNet License Manager is installed on the same machine with the product then you can set the server name as "localhost".

4.If the Port of the FlexNet license manager was changed specify the new port number otherwise use Default option.

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Note: We recommend that the client machine is located on the same subnet with the machine running the license manager.

License availability

Use the FlexNet license manager dashboard to view and check license availability.

Transferring the license

1.The FlexNet license manager and any associated license files must be installed and configured on the new computer.

2.Move the USB key to the new computer.

3.Restart the License Manager on the new computer.

4.The FlexNet license manager dashboard can be used to verify successful installation of the USB key driver, and that the system has detected the key after it has been plugged in.

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Common issues

Floating error: -92: The following error window will be encountered when trying to run the product without the USB key plugged in.

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You may find additional useful information in the Advanced configuration chapter.

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