Requesting a License From a Volume License Server In NI License Manager

Updated Mar 16, 2022

Environment

Software

  • Volume License Manager
  • NI License Manager

This article will present how to get access to a license server or receive a disconnected license to use NI software from an offline machine.
The screenshots in this article are different examples not specified to an NI software.

How to Request access to a connected (online) license 

  1. In NI Volume License Manager on the server the software administrator should click Groups. If it is not already created please see the steps how to do that in Adding and Editing Groups then the client computers or users can request to join. However it is not always a must to have groups (e.g. small seat numbers, limited products, not concurrent computer based licenses).
  2. On the client computer, open NI License Manager and select Network Licenses >> Manage.
  1. Select the appropriate group (if you have a group) with the license you would like to request. In the case below, we will check the box next to TestStand. You will need to fill out the required information in order to send the request. The software administrator can customize which options are required

 
  1. The request will be sent to the server to be added to the group. From NI Volume License Manager on the server, the software administrator should select Permission Requests to approve or deny the group join request. In this case, you will only need to approve the Computer Permission Requests.
Note: if you do not have groups you can select Accept with Changes option in the Permission Request tab, then you can add the relevant licenses in the Explicit Licenses tab. 

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Do not forget to click on Apply Changes to make sure the modifications will take effect.
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  1. Your users will now be able to request connected licenses, follow the next steps if you also need to create disconnected licenses.

Creating a disconnected license file

  1. To grant a disconnected license to a group member, in NI Volume Licence Manager on the server, select Computers and select the computer you would like to grant a disconnected license to and click Disconnect which will start the Disconnection Wizard.
  2. In the Disconnection Wizard, click Next then select Save disconnected license files and select an easily found directory. If you have email setup on the server, you can also choose to email the license file.
Note: If you chose to save the license file, transfer the generated license file to the corresponding client computer.
  1. On the client computer, open NI License Manager and click the upper left drop-down menu and select Install License File
  1. After installing the license file, select Local Licenses and the disconnected license should be visible and active.

Additional Information

This option for disconnected licensing does not work with Unmanaged Concurrent License as this type of license does not include a home exception or allow for the use of disconnected licenses.