Network Licence Manager

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Network Licence Manager

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The computer with the NetHASP hardware dongle attached becomes the PipeLay License Server for the network. The License Server machine must run the Network License Manager program to allow other computers on the network to access the hardware dongle.

Under Windows™ NT, 2000, XP, or later versions, the Network License Manager program may be installed to run as a service. To do this, simply select the appropriate option during installation of the software. Please note that the program entry is ‘Hasp Loader’ in the services list.

Alternatively, the Network License Manager program may be run from the Windows™ Start Menu as shown in the figure below.

Start Menu

Start Menu

The Network License Manager displays a small icon in the notification area of the Windows™ taskbar, except before login on a server where it is running as a service. You can double-click on the icon to open a dialog showing its current status, as shown in the figure below.

Network License Status

Network License Status

The Network License Manager should normally be left running at all times. Shutting it down logs out any attached clients and will cause any PipeLay runs in progress at the time to terminate prematurely. If clients are logged in when an attempt is made to shutdown the Network License Manager, a warning will be displayed and confirmation requested before the program exits.

Very occasionally, if a computer crashes while it has a PipeLay network license, the license may become “suspended”; that is, nominally in use although the machine is not actually accessing it anymore. If that happens, the Network License Manager will eventually free the suspended license after several hours of inactivity. If the license is required urgently, the only way to free it quickly is to shutdown the Network License Manager. This will log out all network clients, so care should be taken that other PipeLay users are notified properly before the program is shut down.