Configure License Server connection

If your organization is running a CLC Network License Manager or CLC License Server, you can configure your Workbench to connect to it to get a license for the module.

To configure the Workbench to connect to a CLC Network License Manager or CLC License Server, select the Configure License Server connection option and click on the Next button. A dialog appears, as shown in figure 23.11.

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Figure 23.11: Connecting to a CLC Network License Manager or CLC License Server.

The options in that dialog are:

Special note on modules needing a license

A valid module license is needed to start a module tool, or a workflow including a module tool. Network licenses for modules are valid for four hours after starting the tool or the workflow. A process started (whether a module tool or a workflow including a module tool) will always be completed, even if its completion exceeds the four hours period where the license is valid.

If the tool or the workflow completes before the four hour validity period, it is possible to start a new tool or a workflow, and this will always refresh the validity of the license to a full four hours period. However, if the tool or the workflow completes after the four hour validity period, a new license will need to be requested after that to start the next tool or workflow.

These measures ensure that more licenses are available to active users, rather than blocked on an inactive computer, i.e., where the workbench would be open but not in use.

Borrowing a license

A CLC Workbench using a network license normally needs to maintain a connection to the CLC Network License Manager or CLC License Server. However, if allowed by the network license administrator, network licenses can be borrowed for offline use. During the period a license has been borrowed, there will be one less network license available for other users.

If administrator has chosen not to allow the borrowing of network licenses, then the information in this section is not relevant.

The Workbench must be connected to the CLC Network License Manager or CLC License Server at the point when the license is borrowed. The procedure for borrowing a license is:

  1. Go to the Workbench menu option:

    Help | License Manager

  2. Click on the "Borrow License" tab to display the dialog shown in figure 23.12.

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    Figure 23.12: Borrow a license.

  3. Select the license(s) that you wish to borrow by clicking in the checkboxes in the Borrow column in the License overview panel.
  4. Choose the length of time you wish to borrow the license(s) for using the drop down list in the Borrow License tab. By default the maximum is 7 days, but network license administrators can specify a lower limit than this.
  5. Click Borrow Selected Licenses.
  6. Close the License Manager when you are done.

You can now go offline and continue working with the CLC Workbench. When the time period you borrowed the license for has elapsed, the network license will be again made available for other users. To continue using CLC Workbench with a license, you will need to connect to the network again so the Workbench can request another license.

You can return borrowed licenses early if you wish by started up the License Manager, opening the "Borrow License" tab, and clicking on the Return Borrowed Licenses button.

Common issues when using a network license

There may be situations where you wish to use a different license or view information about the license(s) the Workbench is currently using. To do this, open the License Manager using the menu option:

        Help | License Manager (Image license_manager)

The license manager is shown in figure 23.15.

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Figure 23.15: The license manager.

This dialog can be used to:

If you wish to switch away from using a network license, click on the button to Configure License Server and uncheck the box beside the text Enable license server connection in the dialog. When you restart the Workbench, you can set up the new license as described in Licenses.