Lizenzserver - für PROMOTIC Version Pm8.2.0
. It allows to provide the PROMOTIC licence to applications via networks.
Der Inhalt ist durch Programminstallierung für Nachführung und für Zuordnung von PROMOTIC-Netzlizenzen gebildet. Das Programm ist nicht nötig zu installieren, wenn es für PROMOTIC-Applikation normale verfügbare Weise von Applikationslizenzierung gibt (Hardware (USB) licence key
, Die Lizenzdatei SWK extending the content of licence key
oder Software licence key (.swk) bound to specific components of the WINDOWS operating system
Laden Sie das Download-File z.B. PmNetKey10700.msi
. Dieses sollte auf dem PC, der dem Netzserver von PROMOTIC-Lizenzen wird, gestartet werden. Die Installierung führt die Programminstallierung für Netzlizenzen auf dem Server durch. Siehe: PmLicServer Lizenzserver
||PmNetKey Lizenzserver - für PROMOTIC Version Pm8.2.0 - 8.3.32
allows to provide the licence
to PROMOTIC applications via networks
. This way, it is not needed to have licence in own HW-Schlüssel for each individual PROMOTIC application. This licencing procedure can also solve problems of PROMOTIC applications running in virtualized environment, where the PROMOTIC application cannot access the physical HW-Schlüssel connected to USB port. PmNetKey
is protected by its own HW-Schlüssel. PmNetKey
is typicaly automatically
launched on computer boot as a service
of the OS Windows
In order to assure correct functionality it is necessary, that the computers with PROMOTIC applications (licence clients) have network connectivity via the HTTP
protocol to the computer with the PmNetKey
program. The communication between PROMOTIC application and the Lizenzserver happens not only when the application is launching, but also after that, periodically (the period is around 1 minute oder or slightly longer). The network connection with the Lizenzserver must be functional during the whole time the PROMOTIC application is running.
The licence on the Lizenzserver are so-called "floating"
: The PROMOTIC applications can be launched on any PC (connected to the network) but the number of simultaneously running applications can not exceed the number of runtime licence present on the Lizenzserver. Wenn, For example, there are 2 runtime licence present on the Lizenzserver, then it is possible to run 2 applications simultaneously. Additional Applikation (third) can not be launched. Wenn one of the running applications is stopped and thus does not communicate with the Lizenzserver for 10 Minuten, then its licence is released on the Lizenzserver and available to be used by another application. Now it is possible to run the other Applikation - it will use this released licence.
The PROMOTIC application network licence für PmNetKey
are provided in der Form of a licence file (siehe Network licence key
). The licence file is functional only with the corresponding Lizenzserver, it was generated for. It will not function with another Lizenzserver.
Installation, uninstallation of the Lizenzserver and service configuration
The program has its own installation file, because it is often installed on a computer, where the PROMOTIC system is not present. The installation program can be downloaded from https://www.promotic.eu/de/promotic/download/download.htm
(z.B. PmNetKey XXYYZZ.msi
). The program is to be installed on the computer that is going to act as a Lizenzserver. While being installed, the program is configured as service OS Windows
with automatic launch on system boot. The PmNetKey
service can be configured, stopped and launched by using the standard OS Windows
PmNetKey is protected by its own HW-Schlüssel.
The program is not functional without the HW-Schlüssel. The HW-Schlüssel must be generated especially for this purpose, normal PROMOTIC application HW-Schlüssel cannot be used in such case. The HW-Schlüssel must be permanently present in the USB port of the computer
that is running the PmNetKey
The program (service) can also be controlled from the command line by entering parameters. The command line window must be launched with the Administrator
rights. The commands are relevant in some special cases z.B. in OS Windows
*.bat files. Usually it is not necessary to use such commands because the OS Windows
service is configured during the program installation process and it is removed when the program is uninstalled. The konfiguration, stopping and launching is provided by using the standard OS Windows
resources. Individual commands:
PmNetKey -i - Adds the OS Windows service for the PmNetKey program. The service will be configured in order to launch automatically on system boot. It is done automatically during the program installation.
PmNetKey -u - Removes the OS Windows service of the PmNetKey program. It is done automatically during the program uninstallation.
PmNetKey -s - Launches the OS Windows service of the PmNetKey program.
PmNetKey -k - Stopps the OS Windows service of the PmNetKey program.
PmNetKey - Launches the PmNetKey program as a normal Applikation, not as a service. Application icon appears in the OS Windows Sys Tray among icons on the right. This can be handy for testing purposes.
The program is configured via the PmNetKey.ini
configuration file. This file is created automatically during the installation and is located in the same folder as PmNetKey.exe
(the typical location is: C:\Program Files\Promotic
oder C:\Program Files (x86)\Promotic
Beschreibung of the keys in the [Config]
- The key allows to modify the port and protokoll (HTTP
) that will be used for listening by the internal Web server of the PmNetKey
program. If not set, then the default value http://+:81/
is used, it means that the HTTP
protocol and port 81
are used. The ";"
character at the beginning of the line changes it to a comment. Such line is not taken into account.
Beispiel of the PmNetKey.ini configuration file for the HTTP protocol and port 83
Beispiel of the PmNetKey.ini configuration file for the HTTPS protocol and default port 443
- This key allows change of the default foder where the Log
file will be located. If not set, then the Log
file is located in the same folder as the PmNetKey.exe
program. Be informed that the default installation directory may be read-only.
Beispiel of the PmNetKey.ini configuration file for placing the Log file into the folder C:\Windows\Temp
- This key defines whether the information regarding client licence refersh is written into the Log
file. Wert 1
) enables writing, Wert 0
disables writing. The default logging period is 1 minute for each client. This may be useful for debugging problems with network licences but from long term point of view, periodically logging this information may overwrite other important logs from the circular log file(s). If not set, then the logging of licence client refresh into the Log
file is disabled (Wert 0
Beispiel of the PmNetKey.ini configuration file that enables logging of periodical client licence refresh into the Log file
Commissioning the HTTPS protocol of the Lizenzserver:
- This key allows to define the specific HARDWARE key
that is used for runtime protection of the PmNetKey
Lizenzserver. It may contain a list of HARDWARE keys
(separated by comma) that is being evalueated starting from the first entry until the first connected HW Key
is found (z.B. hwkey:k1234,hwkey:k1111
). If not set, then the default value "hwkey"
is used, meaning any HARDWARE key
. If the list is not defined and while multiple HARDWARE keys
are connected to the computer then after the computer is rebooted the Lizenzserver may get paired with another HW Key
Beispiel of the PmNetKey.ini configuration file that defines the specific HARDWARE key with number 1234 for the protection of licence server.
The implementation of the Lizenzserver (Web server) is provided by the OS Windows
"HTTP service". The konfiguration of HTTPS protocol is done axactly the same way, as for the HTTPS protocol in the PmaWeb
object, d.h. by the utility PmHttpConfig.exe
(it is necessary to set the rights, Import the certificate of the server and connect it with the corresponding Web server).
Monitoring the Lizenzserver functionality
The program allows to monitor the current status of provided network licence and also the history of network licence clients logins and logouts. The monitoring is provided via the Web interface. PmNetKey
contains an internal Web server, that offers the info.html
pages on it s IP address, protocol and port. For example http://localhost:81/info.html
Behavior of the PROMOTIC application when the connection with the Lizenzserver is lostWenn the periodic communication with the Lizenzserver is permanently failing
, then the running
PROMOTIC application goes through the following states:
1) information - first, the error message about the failed communication with the Lizenzserver is displayed in global errors. Dhis state is reached after the first failure of the periodical communication. This state lasts around 10 Minuten.
2) warning - after that, the warning window is displayed (repeatedly wenn the user closes it) and in the global errors the communication failure message is displayed. This state lasts around 48 Stunden.
3) error - finally, the situation is evaluated as fatal error, the Applikation is stopped and licence error message is displayed in the global errors.
The states 1) and 2) are immediately terminated after first successfull periodical communication with the Lizenzserver. Wenn the communication with the Lizenzserver fails permanently, then the Applikation is stopped after 48 hours. The method Pm.LicenceInfo(10)
for detection of time that has passed since the last successfull communication with the licence server
can be used.
If the connection to the Lizenzserver is not functional, the PROMOTIC application cannot be launched.
The time interval protection of the application before it is stopped, because of the Lizenzserver communication failure is applied only for application that are allready running.
Commissioning the SWK licence files on the Lizenzserver and the licence client
a) Lizenzserver - The licence file it is necessary to copy into the C:\Program Files\Promotic oder C:\Program Files (x86)\Promotic folder.
wo the netkey
indicates the network licence, http
specifies the protokoll, followed by the IP address oder computer Name, internal Web server port and the licence SWK file Name.
user must have the permissions for writing into following files: