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Common
Licensing
Quick Start Guide
Version 17.4
March 2017
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Table of Contents
Overview ..................................................................................................................... 4
Activating Licenses ................................................................................................ 5
Licenses on Computers or Local License Servers .................................... 6
Computers Connected to the Internet ..................................................................................................... 6
Computers Not Connected to the Internet ............................................................................................ 6
Intranet Computers Not Connected to the Internet, and
Local License Server Connected to the Internet................................................................................... 6
Intranet Computers Not Connected to the Internet, and
Local License Server Not Connected to the Internet .......................................................................... 6
Licenses on Hardware Keys ............................................................................... 7
Non-configurable GE USB Hardware Key ................................................................................................ 7
Configurable GE USB Hardware Key .......................................................................................................... 7
Non-Configurable Software Keys .................................................................... 7
Legacy Licenses ....................................................................................................... 8
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Overview
This guide describes the basic concepts of Common Licensing. For detailed
information about installing, configuring, and using the Licensing application,
please refer to the User Online Help available either from the installation media
or the installed application.
The major features of Common Licensing include:
•
Viewing current licenses for the GE products residing on a computer
•
Choosing a licensing method (Internet, local intranet, GE USB Hardware
Key, or file-based)
•
Managing the licenses (Activate, Return, Refresh, and Clean)
If you plan on migrating to cloud-based licensing, you must remove your existing
licenses. To remove your existing licenses:
1.
Stop all GE software products on the computer.
2.
If you have a hardware key plugged in to the computer, remove it.
3.
If you have a keyless license, uninstall it using the Windows Control Panel.
You do not need to uninstall previous Common Licensing software. To download
and install the latest License Client, go to https://ge-ip.force.com/communities/
en_US/Article/GE-Intelligent-Platforms-Software-Product-Licensing
Use the License Client to activate licenses on a specific computer or a
Configurable GE USB Hardware Key. You must install the License Client on each
computer with GE products requiring a software license (unless you are using
a GE USB Hardware Key). Depending on your configuration, the License Client
acquires licenses from the GE Cloud License Server, a Local License Server on
your intranet, or a GE USB Hardware Key.
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The following figure shows the Common Licensing options described in this document:
COMMON LICENSING OPTIONS
Each GE Product
1. Licensing options managed at customer site:
CONFIGURABLE
SW KEY
No Licensing
Changes required
CONFIGURABLE
USB HW KEY
Common Licensing
LEGACY LICENSING OPTIONS
LICENSE SERVER
2. Licensing options that require GE involvement if
modifications are required:
(will keep working, but not upgradeable)
NON-CONFIGURABLE
USB HW KEY
M4 KEYLESS
M4 USB HW
NON-CONFIGURABLE
Software KEY
Activating Licenses
Licenses can be activated and maintained on a local computer, a Local License
Server, or a Configurable GE USB Hardware Key. The basic descriptions of the
licensing methods are provided in the following sections. However, for detailed
explanations and procedures, please refer to the User Online Help available either
from the installation media or the installed application.
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Configurable Licenses on Computers or Local License
Servers
There are four possible configurations for configurable licenses residing on local computers/servers:
Computers Connected to the Internet
If computers are connected to the Internet and a direct connection can be made to the GE
Cloud License Server during the activation process, licenses are downloaded directly from
the GE Cloud License Server to the computer. (A persistent connection to the Internet is
necessary only during the activation process.)
Computers Not Connected to the Internet
If computers are not connected to the Internet (permanently offline) and a direct
connection cannot be made to the GE Cloud License Server during the activation process,
you must use a network drive or portable media device. Files are transferred between the
offline computer and an online computer that can connect to the GE Cloud License Server
during the activation process.
Intranet Computers Not Connected to the Internet, and
Local License Server Connected to the Internet
If computers in an intranet are not connected to the Internet (permanently offline) and a
direct connection cannot be made to the GE Cloud License Server during the activation
process, but the Local License Server computer within the intranet is connected to the
Internet, then the licenses are added to the Local License Server computer from the GE
Cloud License Server. Licenses are activated on the Local License Server computer from
the intranet computers with GE software products.
Intranet Computers Not Connected to the Internet, and
Local License Server Not Connected to the Internet
If neither the intranet computers nor the Local License Server are connected to the
Internet and a direct connection cannot be made to the GE Cloud License Server during
the activation process, you must use a network drive or portable media device. Files are
transferred between the offline Local License Server and an online computer that can
connect to the Cloud License Server during the activation process. Intranet computers
then connect to the Local License Server to obtain activations.
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Licenses on Hardware Keys
Licenses can be activated and maintained on GE USB Hardware Keys. There are two types
of hardware keys:
•
•
Non-configurable GE USB Hardware Key
Configurable GE USB Hardware Key (legacy)
Non-configurable GE USB Hardware Key
Non-configurable GE USB Hardware Keys are pre-loaded with the licensing information for
your products. You cannot modify the licensing information contained in these keys.
However, if you need additional licenses, you can purchase them from GE and then
re-flash keys with a GE-supplied image file that overwrites all existing information and
replaces it with updated licensing information.
Configurable GE USB Hardware Key
Configurable GE USB Hardware Keys will continue to be supported by GE. These
configurable keys are plugged into computers connected to the Internet in order to
activate licenses on them.
Once activated, a USB key can be used to license a physical or virtual computer that
does not need to online. However, changes, upgrades, or returns require the key to be
plugged into a computer connected to the Internet so the GE Licensing Server can be
accessed.
The final legacy licensing option, Keyless software licenses, continues to be supported by
GE but will eventually be phased out.
Non-Configurable Software Keys
Non-Configurable Software Keys are file-based licenses that do not require internet
connectivity to be activated. You cannot modify the licensing information contained in
these software keys. However, if you need additional licenses, you may purchase them
from GE.
You may only use this type of license if you have previously signed an agreement with GE.
Non-Configurable Software Keys cannot be loaded onto a Local License Server for ease of
management and do not provide any of the advantages that configurable licenses do.
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Legacy Licenses
While legacy licensing options, such as Keyless software licenses and M4 USB Keys, still
work and continue to be supported by GE, they are no longer available to customers for
licensing GE software products.
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