Managing Disconnected License Files

NI Volume License Manager 3.1 Help

Edition Date: June 2013

Part Number: 370967F-01

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Complete the NI VLM Getting Started Wizard to install your agreement license file and set basic server settings. Configure NI VLM preferences such as administrator information, port numbers, overdraft settings, email server settings, and custom fields. Define a set of clients (groups) that use the same set of software. Decide how you want to distribute licenses to your clients. If clients are connected to your network, you can use Volume License Installers. If clients are not connected to your network, you can create disconnected license files. Gather client information such as user and computer names, Computer ID, and email address, using the NI VLM Import Utility. Import the client information into NI VLM using the NI VLM Import Utility. Create disconnected license files to distribute to your clients. Install the disconnected license files onto client computers. Create Volume License Installers to distribute NI software to clients connected to your network. Decide whether to have NI VLM handle automatically any permission requests generated by Volume License Installers or whether to handle permission requests manually. Send your VLA Log to NI to complete NI VLM configuration and enable technical support for your clients.

Disconnected licenses are useful for clients working on client machines unattached to the network, such as laptops, client machines behind certain firewalls, or client machines without network cards. Without a disconnected license, these clients are not able to use their NI software at all times. Disconnected licenses consume a license on the volume license server.

Note Notes  
  • If the client machine will be disconnected from the network for less than 14 days, you do not need to create a disconnected license file. For more information, refer to Using Temporary Network Licenses.
  • A client can still check out a license from the server even if that named-user or computer-based license is in the disconnected state.
  • You must create separate disconnected license files for computer-based and named-user licenses. If a client has both types of permissions, you must disconnect both the user and the computer.

Creating Computer-Based Disconnected License Files

Complete the following steps to create computer-based disconnected license files.

  1. In the Computers view, select one or more computers to disconnect.
  2. Click Disconnect.
  3. Complete the Disconnection Wizard.
  4. Install the license files on the client machine.

Creating Named-User Disconnected License Files

Complete the following steps to create named-user disconnected license files.

  1. In the Users view, select one or more users to disconnect.
  2. Click Disconnect.
  3. Complete the Disconnection Wizard.
  4. Install the license files on the client machine.

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