Transferring Permissions From DataFinder Server to SystemLink TDM DataFinder Module Licenses

Updated Jan 13, 2020

Reported In

Software

  • DataFinder Server 2017
  • Volume License Manager 3.2
  • SystemLink TDM DataFinder Module

Issue Details

  • My new license file contains SystemLink TDM DataFinder Module rather than DataFinder Server. Why have my licenses been changed?  How can I keep using DataFinder Server 2018 or previous? 
  • When I try to install a new volume license file I get a Transfer Permissions dialogue within the Volume License Manager. What licenses should I transfer to? 

Solution

Starting October 4, 2019 with the release of SystemLink™ 19.5, DataFinder Server and Analysis Server are transitioning to the SystemLink platform. You will receive a new license file by October 15th, 2019 and will be required to transfer permissions from the previous DataFinder to new SystemLink licenses. The updated license file should enable the new SystemLink versions, as well as your existing DataFinder and Analysis Server software.

​​​​​Please follow these instructions for updating your volume license server with permissions to SystemLink TDM DataFinder Module. If you would like to keep running an instance of DataFinder Server follow steps marked [Optional].
  1. Some SystemLink features are not supported by older versions of NI VLM and FlexLM so make sure that you use the latest version of Volume License Manager (VLM), or the latest FlexNET Vendor Daemons available. You may want to create a backup of your actual configuration first (see Creating an NI VLM Backup).
  2. [Optional] Stop the DataFinder Server by either:
    • Open "TDM Server Control Panel", navigate to Other >> Status and select Stop
    • Open "TDM Server Manager", select your TDM DataFinder Server and select Stop
  3. Install the New License File. When you install a new license file, you should see a window like this one:
  1. [Optional] To keep DataFinder 2018 or previous running on your server refer to the below table for how to transfer permissions. Otherwise remove all permissions.
Previous License:Transfer Permissions to:
DataFinder Server (all editions)TDM Server 2018
DataFinder Server Concurrent ConnectionsRemove all permissions assigned to this license.
Analysis Server (all editions)Remove all permissions assigned to this license.
DataFinder Compute Node InstancesRemove all permissions assigned to this license.
DataFinder Server InstancesRemove all permissions assigned to this license.
 
  1.  To set up a SystemLink based server using TDM DataFinder Module ensure you have the following licenses assigned. This can be done on a seperate server to maintain access to the working DataFinder Server by all users and minimize downtime.
New LicensePrevious License
SystemLink ServerDataFinder Server (all editions), DataFinder Compute Node Instances and DataFinder Server Instances
SystemLink TDM DataFinder Module UserDataFinder Server Concurrent Connections
SystemLink TDM Analysis Add-OnAnalysis Server (all editions)
SystemLink TDM Data Prep Add-OnIncluded with DataFinder Server Advanced or Professional
SystemLink TDM Federation Add-OnIncluded with DataFinder Server Professional
 
  1. Finish the Agreement License File Installation Wizard, and select the Apply Changes button to save changes.
  2. [Optional] Restart the DataFinder Server by either:
    • Open "TDM Server Control Panel", navigate to Other >> Status and select Start
    • Open "TDM Server Manager", select your TDM DataFinder Server and select Start

If you have any questions about this migration, please contact agreements@ni.com.