Network Licencing

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Information relating to the installation and running of Network Licensing for PipeLay is outlined in the following sections:

Introduction’ describes the concept behind Network Licensing.

Installation’ describes how to install PipeLay Network Licensing.

Network Licensing Client’ describes the PipeLay Network Licensing Client applet, which allows users to obtain and release PipeLay network licenses. The ‘Automatic and Manual Operation’ subsection describes the two modes in which the Network Licensing Client can operate.

'Cloud' describes the PipeLay Cloud Network Licensing model.

Network License Manager’ describes the Network License Manager software, which must run on the PipeLay License Server machine. Note that this Network License Manager is only applicable to the NetHASP hardware dongle approach, which is outlined in the proceeding section.

NetHASP Monitor’ discusses the monitor module for the NetHASP hardware dongle approach.

Sentinel HASP Admin Control Center’ outlines the control centre associated with the Sentinal HASP software dongle method of network licensing, which is also described in the proceeding section.

Cloud Licensing describes the new Cloud "Licensing as a Service" (LaaS) offered to users from PipeLay 3.5.1 onwards.

 

Introduction

A single-user version of PipeLay, without network licensing, requires a local software protection device (dongle) attached directly to the computer. The PipeLay license may be shared around an office only by physically transferring the dongle from one machine to another.

Network licensing allows multiple users of PipeLay on a network to share a pool of licenses. There are three possible modes of network licensing:

1)A NetHASP hardware dongle, programmed to permit a fixed number of users, is placed on a network PC that then becomes the License Server for the network. Users may get a network license from this server to run PipeLay and release it once finished, freeing the license for another user. The hardware dongle does not need to be connected to a dedicated server machine, although this approach is recommended. It may be connected to any PC on the network, including one used to run PipeLay.

2)Similar to 1, except that a Sentinel HASP software dongle is used rather than a physical hardware one.

The network licensing system allows you to have one or several license servers, and licence servers may licence one or more Wood Group products.

The system uses the TCP/IP protocol (Port 475 for NetHASP and Port 1947 for Sentinel) to communicate between computers, so your network must support this. Because it uses TCP/IP, licenses may even be shared between different offices over a wide-area network, provided your software license agreement permits this. It is strongly recommended that machines nominated as licence servers have static IP addresses.

3)Cloud based licensing which is similar to 2 except that the licence server is cloud based removing the additional requirement on the PipeLay user to host and maintain the licence server. The licensing type options for a cloud based system are Perpetual, Rental and Pay-Per-Use.

A consistent network connection is necessary for the cloud based licensing system. In the case of Perpetual & Rental licences, if the connection to the license server is interrupted, a grace period of one hour is allowed for re-connection. Pay-Per-Use cloud based licensing cannot work without a network connection.