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Archived: Creating a Network License Installer in NI Volume License Manager (VLM)

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Primary Software: NI Volume License Manager
Primary Software Version: 1.0
Primary Software Fixed Version: N/A
Secondary Software: N/A

How can I create a network installer for VLM?

Note: These instruction only apply to NI VLM version 2.1 and earlier.  In NI VLM version 2.1.1 and later, Network Installers are now called Volume License Installers. (See KnowledgeBase 47IAHTQA: Creating a Volume License Installer in NI Volume License Manager (VLM))

By default, National Instruments software is not configured to look to a server for a license. Use the Create Network Installer option to create an installer that automatically configures the client computer to look to the server for a license. By creating this network installer, you do not have to keep track of who has installed the software because the computer must have permission in NI VLM to use the software. In VLM, select Options
»Create Network Installer.
  1. First, specify the source of the software (usually the installer CD). Then select a destination to store the Network Installer. This location is usually a network drive accessible by the client computers. Enter the product name and version in the product name field and click Next.

  2. The server hostname is entered for you. The administrator information that you provided in a previous step should also be displayed.  Fill in the information if it does not appear. Click Next.

  3. In this dialog you will create configurations for the different groups that will use the license server.  It is recommended that you use a name which will identify to end-users their correct group (for example, "4th Floor Engineer" or "Test Lab 2").  After creating a name for a configuration, enter in the serial number for the product the group will be using (for example, LabVIEW Full Development System).  Then select the corresponding correct permission request for this configuration group (for example "LabVIEW Full Development System User-Based).  You only want to give permission for the product for which you are creating this network installer.

    Note: For creating a network installer with Academic Site License DVDs see related links section below.

Once your network installer is created, notify your end users where they can find these installers or you can burn CDs with this new installer to distribute to your users. When they install using this special network installer you created, their software will automatically point to NI VLM to check for permission to run. 

Related Links:
KnowledgeBase 47IAHTQA: Creating a Volume License Installer in NI Volume License Manager (VLM


Report Date: 08/03/2009
Last Updated: 02/13/2017
Document ID: 502A7IBP

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