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Local soft license (Fixed license)

With the release of InfoWorks CS/RS/WS v14.5, InfoNet v14.5 and InfoWorks ICM v4.5, we are now able to offer all customers the opportunity to use a software based ‘key’ to authenticate their use of InfoWorks or InfoNet rather than using a hardware lock (Dongle).

The new security ‘key’ is very much like the system used by Microsoft to authenticate a new installation of MS Windows or MS Office, where the customer enters a Product Key on first use and this is authenticated by an exchange of files between the end-user and Innovyze. The file exchange is typically done by e-mail rather than an Internet-based web server. This is a one-off process when the Licence Key is first applied. There is no on-going requirement to re-validate the licence key, except in the situation where a licence is upgraded, downgraded or deactivated, all of which require a further one-off authorisation by Innovyze to complete the process.

Software ‘keys’ come in two types, fixed [local licence] and floating [network licence]. Fixed licences are tied to one particular PC, but Floating licences can be acquired ‘on demand’ by any physical Computer or any Virtual Machine on the network each time InfoWorks/InfoNet is used. Floating licences can also be ‘checked out’ from the Licence Server to a specific laptop or workstation for a defined period of time. Once a licence has been ‘checked-out’ to a local machine, the laptop can be disconnected from the network and used fully stand-alone. Checked-out licences expire at the end of the check-out period and are returned to the licence pool at that time, therefore making them available to others.

Activating Software license

Notes before installing fixed (local) software key

Activating fixed license, first stage

After installing the InfoWorks/InfoNet software on your chosen computer, the first stage of the activation process is to apply the software key via the Innovyze Licence Key SetupWizard. Start the wizard and choose Manage soft licences from the initial menu and press the Next > button.

On the next screen, choose Apply CD Key and get hardware ID from the choice list and press the Next > button.

On the next screen, press the Browse… button and select the *.CDK file you have been sent. The filename is made-up of your unique licence number and the date and time of production of the file. The format of the file name is xxxxxxxx_yyyymmdd_hhmm.cdk. It is important that you don’t change the name of the file. It’s also vitally important that you don’t attempt to open the file in any other application or to change its content in any way!

Once you have selected the *.CDK file, the dialog will be auto-populated with the name of a corresponding *.HID file. This file will be created by the Licence Key SetupWizard and will contain a Hardware Identifier for the computer that you’ll be using InfoWorks/InfoNet on (essentially this file ties your Product Key to your Computer Hardware).

You can change the location that the *.HID file will be written to, but do not change the name of the file itself. Press the Next > button to produce the *.HID file. It’s important that you don’t attempt to open the file in any other application or to change its content in any way.

Send the *.HID file to Innovyze for authentication. The file can safely be attached to an e-mail as it is, or placed in a ZIP folder first. It can also be sent to Innovyze via an FTP service or products like DropBox.

Activating fixed license, last stage

The final step of the process is to apply the *.LIC file to your computer via the Licence Key Setup Wizard. This part of the process requires your Windows login account to have full administrative privileges.

Choose Manage soft licences from the initial menu and press the Next > button.

On the next screen, select Apply licence file and press the Next > button.

Press the Browse… button and select the *.LIC file you have been sent. The filename is made-up of your unique licence number and the date and time of production of the *.LIC file.

Press the Next > button to complete the process. The last screen will confirm your licence settings have been successfully applied. Press the Finish button the close the window. You have now installed and activated your ‘fixed’ software licence on your chosen laptop or computer workstation.

Using a Fixed (local) license

The final step is to tell InfoWorks/InfoNet to look for the software licence when it starts up. Start the Licence Key SetupWizard and choose the first option, Select a licence to use with the software and press the Next > button. On the next screen, choose either the first or second option, depending on whether you will be setting things up for just your own Windows login account (first option), or for everyone who uses the computer (second option - requires full administrative privileges) and then press the Next > button.

On the following screen use the drop-down menu to pick Local soft licence from the list of options and press the Apply > button to complete the process.

A final screen will confirm your chosen settings have been successfully applied. Press the Finish button the close the window. You can now use your InfoWorks/InfoNet licence.

Upgrading a fixed (local) licence key

The configuration of the fixed software licence can be changed at any time. Examples of an upgrade might be to convert from a Rental Licence to a Long Term Licence, or to increase the node size of a licence, or add the 2D module to a CS or RS licence or add RiskMaster to an ICM licence.

This process requires your Windows login account to have full administrative privileges.

When an upgrade is purchased for a fixed licence the End-User will be sent a revised *.LIC file. The upgrade needs to be applied via the Licence Key SetupWizard. Choose Manage soft licences from the initial menu and press the Next > button.

On the following screen, select Apply licence file and press the Next > button.

On the next screen, use the Browse… button and select the updated *.LIC file you have been sent. The filename is made-up of your unique licence number and the date and time of production of the *.LIC file.

Press the Next > button to complete the process. The last screen will confirm the settings in your new LIC file have been successfully processed. Press the Finish button the close the window. You have now applied the upgrade to the ‘fixed’ software licence on your chosen laptop or desktop computer.

Deactivating Software license

As noted earlier in this document, ‘fixed’ software keys are tied to one particular PC and are not designed to be moved to a different computer (if you need to use your licence on a range of different computers you should purchase/use a ‘floating’ licence).

However, there is a process which will allow you to move a fixed licence to a different computer, to allow for situations such as when your original PC is upgraded or changed for a new device.

This process requires your Windows login account to have full administrative privileges.

The InfoWorks/InfoNet software licence must first be deactivated from your original PC. Start the Licence Key SetupWizard and choose Manage soft licences from the initial menu and press Next >.

On the next screen, deactivate the licence key by choosing the third menu item Deactivate local licence. Selecting this menu item will remove the licence from your computer and create a *.DEA file confirming the licence has been deactivated. Press the Next > button to produce the *.DEA file.

Do not change the name of the file and don’t attempt to open the file in any other application or to change its content in any way. Send the *.DEA file to Innovyze for authentication. The file can safely be attached to an e-mail as it is, or placed in a ZIP folder first. It can also be sent to Innovyze via an FTP service or products like DropBox.

Once you have sent your *.DEA file to Innovyze, the Admin Team will formally register the licence deactivation and then create a brand new *.CDK file for your new computer. You will then need to follow the process above to activate your new software key on your new computer. Please note that you will not be able to reactivate the original *.CDK file on the original computer or apply it to any new computers.

Important Notes

  1. Should you wish to change the computer hardware hosting the licences you must follow the steps above to deactivate your InfoWorks/InfoNet licence before the original computer is decommissioned. Failure to do so will result in the permanent loss of the InfoWorks/InfoNet licence.
  2. Fixed (local) software keys cannot be applied to a Virtual Machine (VM) and can’t be used to authenticate a copy of InfoWorks or InfoNet being run over a Windows Remote Desktop Connection (i.e. a remote login to a different machine via an RDP connection).