Installing & Managing ExtendSim 10 Floating Licenses

Deploy ExtendSim to multiple team members through native installation on their devices with an ExtendSim Floating License. This cost-effective distribution of ExtendSim reduces per-user license cost via shared, concurrent-user deployment across any number of Client machines that communicate with and are managed by a single License Manager.


Floating

Overview of Floating Licenses

ExtendSim Floating Licenses are concurrent-user Client/Server configurations that can be self-installed and automatically activated over the internet (or processed manually if internet activation is not available). In short, there are 2 components to install when installing an ExtendSim Floating license:

License Manager on a Server

ExtendSim application and files on Client devices

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Instructions for Installing & Activating a Floating License

Instructions on this page will give you a rough idea of how to install and activate a Floating License. However, when actually installing a Floating License, you will want to follow the detailed installation instructions you can download here:

pdfflipbookExtendSim Floating License Installation and Activation Instructionspdfdownload

pdfflipbookAnalysis RunTime Floating License Installation and Activation Instructionspdfdownload

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Things to know about Floating Licenses

(also see System Requirements)

The ExtendSim Floating License is managed by a single License Manager (ExtendSimLicServer) that is installed on a Server, is TCP/IP based, and runs as a Service to control the number of concurrent users over a local or wide-area network.

A different Server is required for each ExtendSim Floating License product; ie. Pro, DE, CP, Analysis RunTime, or ASP.

Unfortunately, the License Manager will not work if the Server is a virtual machine - it must be a physical machine. However, a Client device could be a virtual machine.

The ExtendSim application and files can be installed on any number of Client devices anywhere on the network as long as they can communicate with the License Manager.

Unless purchased as a Global Floating License, the Floating License is restricted for use within one specified continent: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, or South America.

ExtendSim Floating Licenses are subject to the annual Maintenance & Support Plan.



Installation Instructions for ExtendSim

 

Installing the License Manager on a Server

It's preferable to install the License Manager software on the Server before installing ExtendSim on Client devices. (Note: Be sure the Server is a physical (not virtual) machine as the License Manager cannot be installed on a virtual machine.)

Follow the onscreen instructions to install the License Manager on your server. Once you've installed the License Manager (ExtendSimLicServer), it will silently run in the background as a Service. This Service remains running as long as the system is up (regardless of user logins and logouts) and restarts automatically when the Server is rebooted.

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Activating the License Manager

If the Server you install the License Manager on is connected to the internet, activation is automatic. It's okay if the Server is not connected to the internet, you will just need to perform a Manual Activation of the License Manager.

Automatic Activation

Using a browser you'll access the Reprise License Server Administration (RLSA) window. From here, selecting Activate License automatically triggers the activation process. Step through a couple windows, then Request License. The RLSA will return a license file - unique to each server - that will be used to activate Client devices over your network.

Manual Activation

If the Server does not have access to the internet, you can manually activate the License Manager in-house. This process involves you sending us specific information and us returning a license file to you to use for activation. You will be able to use this same license file to activate Client devices, too.

This is just the process of installing the License Manager on a Server in a nutshell. When performing the actual installation, please follow the detailed installation instructions.

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License Manager Reports

The License File (ExtendSim.lic) describes the license granted.

The License Manager (ExtendSimLicServer) generates configurable usage reports. It also provides debug logs for diagnosing licensing inconsistencies or failures. Please see the detailed installation instructions for more on reports.

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Moving a License Manager

You can't directly "move" the License Manager from one Server to another, but it can be done. Contact us first to let us know you want to change Servers. We will revoke the current license so you can activate on the new Server. Then uninstall the License Manager from the original server using the Floating License's installation instructions.



Installation on Client devices

Installing & Activating ExtendSim on Client Devices

If possible, install the License Manager software on the Server before installing ExtendSim on Client devices.

If you do not already have a trial version of ExtendSim installed, click the Download Trial button of the package you wish to use.

download Pro             download DE             download CP

Note: There is no Trial for the Analysis RunTime version; instead it must be purchased from our online store. If you are installing an Analysis RunTime Floating license, you will receive a link to download the files upon purchase.

Install the ExtendSim application on each Client device that will want to use ExtendSim on the network. Don't launch ExtendSim right away. It's okay if you already launched ExtendSim, but do NOT enter an Activation Key in the Activation Dialog! For a Floating License, the Activation Key is ONLY used for the License Manager’s activation.

To activate ExtendSim on Client devices, place the ExtendSim.lic file created during the License Manager activation into the MyDocuments/ExtendSim10 folder. Now launch ExtendSim. By the way, a Client device can be a physical or virtual machine (however the Server must be a physical machine).

For more details on Client device installation, please follow the detailed installation instructions.



Managing a Floating License

 

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Roaming - aka checking ExtendSim Client Licenses in and out

Take ExtendSim to go! Check out a roaming license with a simple menu command - Help > Floating License > Check Out a Floating License. Use that roaming license on a laptop when not connected to the network - bring it to a customer meeting, use it off-site, take it on vacation with you, or however you may want to use it. While that roaming license is Checked Out, the License Manager will decrement the number of concurrent users on the network by one. So be sure to check that license back in using a similar menu command - Help > Floating License > Check In a Floating License - once logged back into the network. Note: The roaming option can be disabled at customer request prior to activating a Floating License.

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Updating ExtendSim on Client devices

When a new release of ExtendSim becomes available (e.g. ExtendSim 10.0.2, 10.0.3, etc.), use the Trial version of ExtendSim as an updater. Download the appropriate newer release of the Trial version of ExtendSim 10 you are using, installing it over the current Client installation. This updates ExtendSim without affecting the license file or requiring that the License Manager be re-activated.

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Renewing Maintenance on a Client License

As the renewal date for the Floating License’s Maintenance and Support Plan (MSP) nears, ExtendSim will occasionally remind you with a message upon launch (you can always check the ExtendSim startup screen to see the renewal date). Once you've renewed the MSP, you will be provided instructions for updating the License Manager on the Server. This process will also automatically update the MSP for each Client installation - so there will be nothing needed to do on the Client side when renewing MSP.

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Uninstalling a Client License of ExtendSim

Why would you want to do that? Maybe you're selling your computer, changing jobs, who knows. Just be sure to properly uninstall ExtendSim from the Client device. It's a 3-step process:

Use the Windows Settings > Apps and Features and choose to uninstall ExtendSim

Delete the folder Documents/ExtendSim

Delete the folder Program Files/ExtendSim