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Detach Network License Keys

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Overview

If you have a network license server that uses alphanumeric license keys, and not a dongle, you can detach a key from the server and assign it to a client computer. This enables the client to run FARO software when it is not attached to the network. If you assign the detached key an expiration date, when that date is reached the detached key is automatically disabled on the client and restored to server.

Note: Detaching license keys is not supported within the CodeMeter licensing system used with legacy PointSense software products.

Prepare

Time to Complete 15 minutes
Skills Needed
  • IT system administrator skills
  • Knowledge of license servers
Prerequisites
Compatibility Click here for the operating system compatibility chart

Enable the Network License Server to Detach License Keys

  1. On the server, open a browser and go to http://localhost:1947. The Sentinel Admin Control Center appears.
  2. In the Options pane on the left, click Configuration, and click the Detachable Licenses tab.
    Enable Detaching Licenses
  3. Check Enable Detaching of Licenses. In the Initial Detach Limits section, you may also set the number of Reserved Licenses that are to remain non-detachable and the Max. Detach Duration in days, which automatically restores the license to the server after the set number of days has expired.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Go to Enable the Client to Detach Keys to continue.

Enable the Client Computer to Detach License Keys

  1. On the client computer that needs a key for working  the network, open a browser and go to http://localhost:1947. The Sentinel Admin Control Center appears.
  2. In the Options pane on the left, click Configuration, and click the Detachable Licenses tab.
    Enable Detaching Licenses
  3. Check Enable Detaching of Licenses.
  4. Click Submit
  5. Go to Detach a Key from the Server and Make it Available on the Client to continue.

Detach a Key From the Server and Make it Available on the Client

  1. On the client computer, from the Sentinel Admin Control Center in the Options panel, click Products to view all available local and network keys. Detachable keys have a red arrow Red Arrow beside the Product Name and have a Detach button on the right.
    Sentinel Admin Control Center Detach Button
  2. Click the Detach button to make the key available to this client computer. The Detach form appears.
    Sentinel Admin Control Center Detach Form
  3. Set the Expiration Date, the day the license will be restored to the server license pool, and click Detach & Attach. The selected date must be within the maximum number of days for which the license can be detached.

The license is temporarily attached to this client computer. The license key is returned to the network license pool when the expiration date is reached.

Returning a Detached Key to the License Pool Before the Expiration Date

You can override the expiration date for the temporary key on the client computer and return it to the license pool on the server at any time before the expiration date.

  1. On the client computer, from the Sentinel Admin Control Center in the Options panel, click Products to view all available local and network keys. The detached key is marked with a green arrow Green Arrow and has a Cancel License button to the right.
    Sentinel Admin Control Center Return License
  2. Click the Cancel License button and confirm your selection on the next page.

The license is now returned to the server license pool.

See Also

Keywords

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