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NI License Manager Help

Edition Date: May 2018

Part Number: 371136K-01

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A

activated licenseAllows a product to be used.
activationThe process of activating a product for use on your computer.
activation codeA 20-character value that is generated by National Instruments and used during the activation process.

C

client1. A person that uses NI software licensed through a volume license agreement. 2. A user or computer that obtains permission to use NI software through a volume license server.
computer IDA 16-character value that uniquely identifies your computer. It is used by National Instruments in the activation code generation process.
computer-based licenseA license for a single computer that allows multiple users and a single home installation.
concurrent licenseA license type where licenses are assigned dynamically on a first-come, first-served basis. Concurrent licenses can be managed or unmanaged. Managed concurrent licenses require users or computers to have permissions assigned in NI VLM. An unlimited number of users or computers can have permissions for managed concurrent licenses. Unmanaged concurrent licenses do not require users or computers to have permissions assigned in NI VLM. Their use is unrestricted. Concurrent licenses can be used only as a part of a volume license agreement.

E

evaluation codeA 20-character value that is generated by National Instruments and used during the evaluation process.
evaluation licenseAllows a product to be used with certain limitations, such as reduced functionality, limited execution time.

F

familyA collection of related products (for example, LabVIEW Base, LabVIEW Full, LabVIEW Professional) that are activated as a single product. Typically only one product is activated at a time. Family is used as a keyword in command-line activation. Refer to Automating Activation for more information.

G

groupsA collection of licenses and clients. Licenses are permissions to use NI software. Every client in a given group has permission for each license in a group. Your volume license administrator can use groups to define a set of clients that use the same set of software. Groups allow the volume license administrator to configure licenses and clients in various ways:
  • A single software license can be shared among multiple groups
  • A single client can be placed in multiple groups

L

licenseThe legal right to use a particular product under the terms of a license agreement.
license fileA file that contains a license for one or more products. Typically, there is at least one license file for each product on your system.

N

named-user licenseA license for a single person, limited to three installations per license, where each license is used only on one computer at a time. This license also allows a home license.
network license serverSee volume license server.
NI License ManagerA utility program used to manage various tasks associated with license management and activation.
NI Licensing WizardGuides you through the processes of license activation or enable extended evaluation of NI software.
NI Volume License Manager (NI VLM)A utility program used to administer licenses available through a National Instruments Volume License Agreement.
numeric computer IDA 25-character, numeric encoding of a computer ID for activating a product over the telephone.
numeric product/versionA 10-character, numeric encoding of a product and version for activating a product over the telephone.
numeric serial numberA 15-character, numeric encoding of a serial number for activating a product over the telephone.

P

packageA keyword used in command-line activation that represents a specific product. Refer to Automating Activation for more information.
productA software component that requires a license to use. A product can be a single product, one or more features of a single product, or a bundle of several products.

S

serial numberAn alphanumeric value that uniquely identifies your purchase of NI software. The serial number is used by NI in the activation code generation process. You can find your serial number on the Certificate of Ownership included in your software kit. If your software kit does not include a Certificate of Ownership, you can find your serial number on the product packing slip or on the shipping label. For more information about finding serial numbers, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code SerialNumbers_en.

U

user accountA free user account that provides personalized access to ni.com and enables activation and registration of NI software and hardware.

V

volume license serverA computer used to manage volume licenses for National Instruments products on a given network. The volume license server must be active in order for computers to check out NI products included in a volume license agreement.

 

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