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PROMOTIC licence carrier types

If the PROMTIC application, by its size (number of variables), exceeds the limitations for PROMOTIC freeware:
- PmRtFree - Free runtime license (up to 30 variables and 10 panels)
then it is necessary to purchase the corresponding PROMOTIC license in order to continue developing or running the application.
 
All licence components including the prices are published in the PROMOTIC system pricelist. The PROMOTIC system licences can be ordered on various carriers.
 
PROMOTIC licence carrier types:
 

hwkey - Hardware (USB) licence key

Hardware (USB) licence key is the most commonly used license carrier. The PmDevProf - PROMOTIC development environment license is distributed exclusively on this carrier and it is also the most frequently used way of licencing the PROMOTIC runtime for applilcations. The main advantage of this licence carrier is its mobility – the user can move this licence key as needed from one PC to another.

The PROMOTIC application can access the licences on this carrier either directly (default setting), or via the local PmLicServer license server (advisable solution for RDP access see PROMOTIC system and Windows remote desktop (RDP)).

 
The licences contained in the hardware key can later be extended easily by:
Example of application setup (see Description of keys in the [Licence] section):
[Licence]
Medium=hwkey:k1234

swkey - Software licence key (.swk) bound to specific components of the WINDOWS operating system

 
Software licence key (.swk) bound to specific components of the WINDOWS operating system contains the software licence. This license file is non-transferable and bound to specific WINDOWS operating system components of the target computer. This carrier can be used in situations where standard hardware key cannot be used - e.g. when using virtual computers with no access to USB ports see PROMOTIC system and virtual computers.

The PROMOTIC application can access this type of licence carrier only via the local PmLicServer license server.

Example of application setup (see Description of keys in the [Licence] section):
[Licence]
Medium=swkey:Pm1234.swk
 
 
Caution: This PROMOTIC licence carrier type is bound with the WINDOWS operating system of the target computer and cannot be simply relocated from one operating system to another. The change of binding of the licence to the WINDOWS operating system can be done only once every 2 years. In order to change such binding, new carrier (.swk file) must be generated and purchased. The original content of the licences will be transferred to this new carrier (.swk file).

netkey - Network licence key

Network licence key contains network licences and is provided via the licence sever PmLicServer. This license file is bound to a specific PmLicServer license server. This carrier type is used in situations, where the standard HW Key cannot be used. The PmLicServer service can be running on any computer that is accessible (for other computers) in the network and has one free USB port. This USB port is necessary for connecting a hardware key (that contains no licences) that is used for licencing the licence server. One licence server can provide multiple PROMOTIC licences via the network.

The PROMOTIC application can access this type of licence carrier only via the network PmLicServer license server.

Example of application setup (see Description of keys in the [Licence] section):
[Licence]
Medium=netkey:http://192.168.1.2:5656/Pm1234.swk
 
Setup of the licence carrier in the application:

The licence carrier setup for the application is done in the application INI file see Description of keys in the [Licence] section. For easier access to the configuration use the window PROMOTIC settings see Settings of the list of PROMOTIC license carriers.

 
PmLicServer licence server setup:

The PmLicServer license server is configured in the configuration file PmLicServer.ini and can be operated in two modes:

1) Local mode for accessing the carriers(s): hwkey and swkey
2) Network mode for accessing the carrier(s): netkey

 
Caution!

The PROMOTIC application periodically checks whether the licence carrier is available. This is valid for all licence carrier types and all access methods. If the connection of the application with the licence is interrupted then a countdown starts. During this countdown, the application is still running, but indicates licence connection loss see Behavior of the PROMOTIC application when the connection with the license server is lost.


PROMOTIC 9.0.9 SCADA system documentation - MICROSYS, spol. s r.o.

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