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Automatically Reconnecting Disconnected Computers



Primary Software: NI Volume License Manager
Primary Software Version: 2.1
Primary Software Fixed Version: N/A
Secondary Software: N/A

Problem:
I would like for NI Volume License Manager (NI VLM) to automatically reconnect my disconnected computers. Is this possible and, if so, how can I do it?

Solution:
Yes, this is possible as of NI VLM 2.0. NI VLM allows you to schedule a task that allows you to reconnect disconnected licenses automatically. See the sections below for information on reconnecting disconnected computers.

Manually Reconnect

To manually reconnect a disconnected computer, right-click on the computer name and select Reconnect.

With NI VLM 2.1 and Later, you can also reconnect one or more disconnected licenses in the upper right-hand view.
  1. Select the Computers node in the left-hand (tree) view.
  2. In the upper right-hand view, use shift+left-click and control+left-click to select the computers to reconnect
  3. Right-click and choose reconnect.

Automatically Reconnect

You can run NI VLM with a command-line switch to automatically reconnect all disconnected computers. Using this switch, NI VLM searches all disconnected computers and reconnects any that have expired. Run NI VLM manually with the auto-reconnect feature enabled by typing nivlm /reconnect at a command line prompt.

You can create a scheduled task that automatically reconnects disconnected computers. To schedule a task, follow the steps below.

Note: NI VLM must be closed initially for this operation to succeed. If NI VLM is already running when your task launches, no computers are reconnected. NI VLM runs silently when it runs with the auto-reconnect feature enabled. It will not launch the user interface or any dialog boxes.

  1. Launch the Windows Scheduled Tasks control panel application to add a scheduled task.
  2. To open Windows Scheduled Tasks click Start»All Programs»Accessories»System Tools»Scheduled Tasks.
  3. Browse to the NI VLM executable (nivlm.exe). You can find it in the C:\Program Files\National Instruments\Volume License Manager\ directory.
  4. Select when and how often you want the task to run, for example, once every day, or whenever you want the computers to be reconnected.
  5. Ensure that you run the task as a user with Administrator privileges.
  6. Open the task's Advanced Properties when finished or open the task from the Scheduled Tasks folder if you have already closed it. On the Task tab, add a space and /reconnect to the end of the path in the Run (Windows XP) or Open (Windows 2000) box.
  7. Click OK to save your settings and close the task.

For further information refer to the NI Volume License Manager Help. This document can be found at Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI Volume License Manager and then browse to Help»Contents.

Related Links:
KnowledgeBase 5ARG3QON: Create Disconnected License Files for a Single User


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Report Date: 02/17/2006
Last Updated: 04/28/2017
Document ID: 3UGEI46S

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