Knowledge Base

Category: Network Licenses and Software
Topic ID: 59
Title: What does Network License Manager do?
Created: 0000-00-00Last modified: 0000-00-00

Network License Manager Overview

The Network License Manager is a program which runs on a network server and controls the number of licenses of Carlson Software that can be run at the same time. Consider the following scenario:

  1. An organization that wishes to maximize license usage at a minimal cost could purchase a number of Carlson Software modules that they would have in use at any given moment in time. The "mix" could be in any combination; for example 3 of Survey, 2 of Civil, and 1 each of each Hydrology, GIS, Mining and Advanced Mining).
  2. The client can also choose/select which workstations can run the available products. He may choose to have some workstations be able to run Survey and Civil and others to run any modules available. All the numbers have code embedded in them which tells workstation to get its license from the server.
  3. At run time, the Carlson Software module requests a license from the server and deprecates the license from the "available license pool" while the module is in use. Since each module is monitored separately, a maximum of 9 workstations could be concurrently using Carlson Software in the example above. In practice, there is usually more than one module in use by an operator at a given time so a more realistic number of concurrent workstations would be closer to half of the maximum number.
  4. Registration is not required on client machines, only the server.

The Network License Manager software also provides an ability to easily add additional licenses at later time and also provides a way of temporarily "checking-out" (loaning) a license for remote use (e.g. for an office computer that is to be used in the field or a home computer. See Carlson Knowledgebase articles 507 Checking Out a Network License and/or 218 Sending a Network License To A Remote User for additional details.

Network Licenses Running On A Full CAD Platform A user CAN NOT install a network copy on a machine which is running a non-network copy of our FOR CAD software --- UNLESS, they are willing to install the software on another CAD platform. For Example: A user has a non-network copy of Carlson Civil for CAD running on ACAD 2012, and they want to install a network seat of Hydro for CAD. They will need to install the network copy on ICAD, or another CAD engine; NOT the existing ACAD 2012 CAD engine. Network Licenses Running On A Full CAD Platform and OEM A user may have a network copy of an OEM product running on the same computer as a non-network FOR CAD copy (or the reverse). The two products are running on separate CAD engines.

Checking Out a Network License (While Connected to the Network):
Sending a Network License To A Remote User (Off-Site):