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While using Vicon Nexus, you may find that you want to temporarily use a seat from a license on a machine that is not on the license server network (commuter licensing), or that you need to permanently move the license from one machine to another, involving license revocation.

This section contains information on how to:

Use commuter licenses

After you have licensed Vicon Nexus, if required, you can check out (borrow) a seat from a network license so that it can be used for the number of days that you specify, on a machine that is not connected to the license server network (known as commuter licensing). You can check out a seat to either:

When a commuter license is no longer needed, it is checked back in again, so that it can be used from the license server network as usual. Licenses are automatically checked in at the end of a specified check-out period, or can be manually checked in early (not applicable to remotely checked-out licenses), For more information, see Check in a commuter license.

Check out to a network machine

You can check out a seat from an existing license for use on a machine on your license server network, so that Vicon Nexus can subsequently be used on the machine when it is no longer connected to your network.

To check out a seat to a machine on the license server network:

  1. On a network machine that you want to use remotely, open the advanced Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box by either:
    • Starting Vicon Nexus and on the Help menu, clicking Licensing; or
    • Clicking the Start button, then All Programs > Vicon > Licensing > Product Licensing.
  2. In the License Server list in the top part of the dialog box, right-click on the license that contains the seat that you want to check out and click Check Out.
  3. In the Check Out License dialog box, specify the number of days for the license to be used remotely and then click Check Out.
    Checked out licenses are flagged with Commuter in the Type column in the License Server list in the top part of the Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box.

Check out to a remote machine

In addition to checking out a license to a network machine (see Check out to a network machine), you can also check out a license to a machine that is running the Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool (VAULT), but is not connected to the network containing the license server. This involves the following procedures:

Generate a locking code on the remote machine

On the remote machine on which you want to use Vicon Nexus, use VAULT to generate a locking code, which can then be sent to someone on the network that includes the Vicon Nexus license server. 

To generate a locking code:

  1. To open the advanced Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box, do one of the following:
    • Start Vicon Nexus and in the Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box click Advanced Licensing; or
    • Click the Start button, then All Programs > Vicon > Licensing > Product Licensing.
  2. In the Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box, click View Remote Locking Code.
  3. In the Current Machine Locking Code dialog box, type the email address of a person to whom the network license server is available, and click Send, or to save it to a string to send later, type or browse to the required location and filename, click Save to File and close the dialog box.

The person with access to the license server can then check out a commuter license for use on the remote machine, as described in Check out a commuter license on a network machine.

Check out a commuter license on a network machine

When you receive a locking code for a remote machine, you can use the locking code to check out a license for the number of days that you specify. You can then send the license to the user of the remote machine. 

To check out a commuter license:

  1. To open the advanced Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box:
    • Start Vicon Nexus and on the Help menu, click Licensing; or
    • Click the Start button, then All Programs > Vicon > Licensing > Product Licensing.
  2. In the License Server list in the top part of the dialog box, right-click on a license that permits commuter licensing for Vicon Nexus.
    If the selected license permits commuter licensing, the context menu displays a Check Out option and at the bottom of the dialog box, a Check Out button is displayed.
  3. Click Check Out and in the Check Out License dialog box:
    1. Specify the number of days to use the license remotely.
    2. Expand the Advanced Options by clicking the downward pointing arrow on the right, and click Remote Check Out.
    Caution
    Do not overestimate the number of days for which the license will remain checked out. After a remote check out, you cannot check the license back in again until the number of days that you specified has expired.
  4. In the Remote Commuter License Check Out dialog box, enter the locking code string for the remote machine that was emailed or sent by the user of the remote machine, as described in Generate a locking code on the remote machine, and click Check Out.
  5. In the Save Commuter License dialog box, type or browse to a path and filename for the saved commuter license, click Save to File and then close the dialog box. The commuter license is saved as a license file (*.lic).
  6. Email the saved commuter license file to the remote user. The remote user can then save and activate the checked-out commuter license on the remote machine, as described in Save and activate the commuter license on the remote machine.

Save and activate the commuter license on the remote machine

When you receive a license file for a remote machine, you can use VAULT to activate the license for use on the remote machine.

  1. Save the file that was sent to you as described in Check out a commuter license on a network machine to the Windows desktop (or any other suitable location).
  2. To open the advanced Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box, do one of the following:
    • Start Vicon Nexus and in the Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box click Activate License; or
    • Click the Start button, then All Programs > Vicon > Licensing > Product Licensing, and then click Activate License.
  3. Depending on whether you are using the file as it was received from the license network user or a text string copied from the file, do one of the following:
    • In the License File Activation field, type or browse to the location of the license file (.lic) and click *Activate from File; or
    • Copy the text to the License Activation string field and click Activate from String.
  4. Close the Activate a License dialog box.
    In the License Server list in the top part of the Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box, checked out licenses are flagged with Commuter in the Type column.

Check in a commuter license

Licenses that have been checked out are checked back in and made available for use from the network in either of the following ways:

  • If the specified check-out period has expired, the license is automatically checked back in.
  • If the license is no longer needed for remote use, you can check it back in early.
Important
This does not apply to licenses that were checked out using Remote Check Out, which remain checked out until their check-out period expires.

To check in a license manually:

  1. To open the advanced Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box, do one of the following:
    • Start Vicon Nexus and on the Help menu, click Licensing.; or
    • Click the Start button, then All Programs > Vicon > Licensing > Product Licensing.
  2. In the top part of the Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box, click on the license you want to check in and then click Check In License.
Important
You cannot check in a license that was checked out using Remote Check Out before its check-out period has expired. You set the check-out period when you check out a license. To see how many days are left on a commuter license, in the License Server list in the top part of the Vicon Automated Unified Licensing Tool dialog box, find the relevant license and look at the date in the Expiry column.

Revoke a license

You may find that you need to move your Vicon Nexus license to a license server machine that is different from the one for which you originally obtained the license. To do this, you must revoke the original license. (If you want to temporarily use a single license seat on a remote machine, see Use commuter licenses.)

To avoid delays when changing license servers, before clicking Revoke License, email Vicon Support and wait to receive a reply before proceeding.

Ensure that your email to Vicon Support includes the following details:

  • The Vicon product name (ie Vicon Nexus) and license revocation in the Subject line of the email.
  • Information about the license that you want to revoke, including number of seats and locking code of the license server machine.
  • The locking code of the machine to which you want to move the license.