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

"The SW Key bound to specific components of the WINDOWS operating system" is one of the less commonly used ways of the PROMOTIC system runtime license distribution.

The most frequently used method of the PROMOTIC system license distribution is using the HW Key (USB version). "The SW Key bound to specific components of the WINDOWS operating system" is usually used for virtual computers or single-purpose devices, where the HW Key cannot be used as optimal solution. The main disadvantage of this license distribution method is the limited mobility of the key from one PC to another.

In order to use such licencing option the application must be created in PROMOTIC version Pm9.0.9 (i.e. version since 2020) and newer.

 
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).
 
Distribution:

If the customer requests runtime license in the form of "SW Key bound to specific components of the WINDOWS operating system" then the PmManager can be used, or the PmSwLic.exe utility can also be used. It is available in the \Promotic\Tools\PmSwLic folder or can be downloaded: https://www.promotic.eu/en/promotic/download/download.htm.

Run this utility on the target computer (where the PROMOTIC application will be running) in a normal way (not "as administrator"). The utility must be launched "as administrator" only if the PROMOTIC application that will be running on this computer will also be launched "as administrator". When launched, this utility creates the PmSwLic.dat file in the same folder that contains computer WINDOWS operating system information. This file must then be sent to the MICROSYS company by e-mail in order to generate the licence.

Caution: Launching the PmSwLic.exe program may be prevented by installed antivirus software.

 
Based on the information contained in the PmSwLic.dat file, the MICROSYS company developes the corresponding license file PmXXXX.swk, that includes the complete PROMOTIC runtime license (PmXXXX.swk is the filename of the corresponding license file).

In the file name of the license file, there is a license number (e.g. the file name is Pm3401.swk, where 3401 is the license number).

 
The license expansion of such key is done the same way as HW Key expansion, i.e. the expanded key number must be stated.

In case of major modification of target runtime computer, when the corresponding SW Key stops working, it is necessary to consult the MICROSYS company in order to reanimate the application.

 
Commissioning:

The license file it is necessary to copy into the \Licences folder. In the application INI file the Media key in [Licenec] section must be modified the folowing way:

[Licence]
Medium=swkey:PmXXXX.swk
 
Caution:
- This license cannot be transferred to another computer !
- The license file (i.e. PmXXXX.swk file) is explicitly bound with the specific computer WINDOWS operating system components (WindowsId, SystemId, DomainName, ...).
- The license file contains the complete license.
- The license file it is necessary to copy into the \Licences folder.
 

History:
Pm7.03.01: Created
PROMOTIC 9.0.10 SCADA system documentation - MICROSYS, spol. s r.o.

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