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Getting Started with NI VLM - Creating a Disconnected or Home License



Primary Software: Other NI Software>>NI Volume License Manager
Primary Software Version: 3.0
Primary Software Fixed Version: N/A
Secondary Software: N/A

Problem:
I have some client machines that are not always connected to my network like a laptop or a machine used at home. I need to borrow licenes to provide individual user based access to the software included on our Volume License Agreement (VLA). How can I setup a disconnected or home license with NI Volume License Manager (VLM)?

Solution:
Machines that are not connected to the network can still gain access to software in the VLA through a disconnected license. To create a disconnected license, launch Volume License Manager (VLM) and ensure that the user or computer is added to NI VLM and that all software permissions have been assigned. Use the following methods to create a disconnected license depending on what version of VLM you have.

For VLM 3.0 and VLM 3.1

  • Follow the NI Volume License Manager Help steps for Managing Disconnected License Files
    Volume License Manager Disconnect License 
  • NI's license agreement states that you are allowed to install one seat of the software on one work computer as well as one home computer. Since many home computers will not have network access to the license server, create a home use license for these computers. To create a Home License, follow the directions in NI Volume License Manager Help to create the file and then install the license file on their home machine.
Volume License Manager Create Home License for the Selected Computer


For VLM 2.1.1
In VLM, right-click on the computer or user and select Disconnect. Choose whether or not the disconnected license file should expire, and then save the file. To use the disconnected license file, transfer the license file to the client computer and simply drag and drop it into the client’s NI License Manager.

Note: If you would like to disconnect more than one license files, use the shift and control keys to select multiple computers/users for disconnection, right-click and choose Disconnect.

NI's license agreement states that you are allowed to install one seat of the software on one work computer as well as one home computer. Since many home computers will not have network access to the license server, create a home use license for these computers. After you obtain the computer ID of the home computer, right-click on the client computer whose user who requires a home license and choose Create License for Home User. Then install the home license file on the home computer using NI License Manager.


Note: This article is part of the Getting Started with VLM series.

Next Step: Generating an Activity Compliance Log

Previous Step: Adding Computers and Setting Permissions Manually

Related Links:
KnowledgeBase 33JDS71F: After I Create a Disconnected or Home License from NI Volume License Manager, How Do I Use It? 
KnowledgeBase 33HARDLX: Creating Home or Disconnected Licenses with a Concurrent License Agreement
KnowledgeBase 3V6IL58M: How Do I Create a Disconnected License from an Existing Computer in NI Volume License Manager?
KnowledgeBase 3V6JPS8M: How do I Create a Home License From a Computer-Based License in VLM?
KnowledgeBase 3KPEI86E: Getting Started with NI Volume License Manager

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Report Date: 03/19/2007
Last Updated: 09/29/2017
Document ID: 47IET1QA

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