since version 8.2, there is a new licencing method available in the system - PROMOTIC network licence. With this solution the PROMOTIC application does not need the licence HW key to be present, but the application can use licence that is located on the licence server that is accessible via network connection.
How does the PROMOTIC licence work? There is a designated computer in the company where PmNetKey licence server program is installed. LIcence files (.SWK) are then copied to this PC, representing licences for corresponding applications. The licence server that is operating as Web server configures itself as operating system service during its installation - it runs on the backgroud without the need of any specific user being logged in.
The PmNetKey licence server program is available for free download at www.promotic.eu and can be operated on OS Windows from XP higher. The computer with installed licence server may not be dedicated solely for running the licence server itself and can be used also for other purposes. The licence server itself is protected by a special HW key that is designed specificaly for licence servers and therefore cannot be used individualy (without .SWK licence files) for any PROMOTIC application. The licence server does not work without the HW key.
Once you have the licence server you also need the licence for the specific application. This licence is bound to the specific licence server and therefore cannot be used with another licence server or individually. Single licence server may contain multiple licences for different applications.
The application checks the licence availability on launch and periodically during its operation. The application can be launched on any computer that is connected (by network) to the licence server and therefore is not bound with specific PC.
If you want to order new licence(s) it is necessary to define the need of network licence in your purchase order. If this is your first network licence then you will get:
If this is not the first network licence (the PROMOTIC licence server already exists) then it is necessary to define the licence server number (where the licence will be used) on your purchase order. The price of network licence is identical with licences delivered on HW keys/SW keys based on the current pricelist. The PROMOTIC network licence in the form of .SWK file must be located on the computer with running licence server in the same folder where the licence server program is installed (by default "C:\Program Files (x86)\Promotic\Promotic Net Licence Manager – PmNetKey").
where netkey means that there is a network licence to be used, http (or https) means standard (or secured) communication protocol. Behind the IP address of the licence server (or its name) there is the port number (81 by default, can be modified in the configuration file of the licence server) and Pm5555.swk means the name of licence file (located on the server) to be used.
The PROMOTIC network licence can be extended the same way as other PROMOTIC licences. The customer always gets the new version of licence file that replaces the original (old) .SWK licence file on the licence server.
All licence files are being archived by the manufacturer, but we strongly recommend to backup your .SWK licence files for your licence server locally.