Collecting Client Data

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.

Complete the following steps to use NI VLM Import Utility to collect client information:

  1. Copy everything in the Import Utility directory to a network drive or portable media, such as a USB drive, or the client machine. You can find the utility in the following locations:

    Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows VistaC:\ProgramData\National Instruments\Volume License Manager\Import Utility\
    Windows XPC:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\National Instruments\Volume License Manager\Import Utility\

    Note Note  NI VLM Import Utility uses an XML file, nivlmImportUtility.xml, to determine the custom fields that are available, which fields clients must complete, and which are optional. The nivlmImportUtility.xml file updates whenever you change custom fields. If you modify the custom fields, you must copy the updated nivlmImportUtility.xml to where you use NI VLM Import Utility.
  2. Have clients complete the following steps:
    1. Run nivlmImportUtility.exe on the computer that they want to add to NI VLM.
    2. Click Submit Information and complete the form. Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).
    3. Clients should save the resulting XML file in a common place, such as a network location, or email the file to you.
  3. Refer to Importing Client Data to import client information.


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