Interfacing the FlexNet Embedded License Manager - HT907 - OpenLM Software License Management
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Interfacing the FlexNet Embedded License Manager – HT907

FlexNet Embedded is one of the many license managers supported by OpenLM. In this step-by-step guide we will explore how to configure OpenLM to interface with a FlexNet Embedded license manager in order to monitor license usage and obtain license statistics.

Table of Contents:

1. How does it work?

2. OpenLM Server configuration

2.1 How to find the FlexNet Embedded server’s port number

2.2 Additional configuration for Nvidia customers

3. Verify the FlexNet Embedded license manager configuration

4. Known limitations

Diagram of how the OpenLM Server interfaces with the Flexnet Embedded server

Diagram of how the OpenLM Server interfaces with the FlexNet Embedded server

 

1. How does it work?

OpenLM Server queries the FlexNet Embedded server’s XML API directly to retrieve data about license usage, statistics and other information.

This data is then aggregated by OpenLM Server and displayed to the user through easily accessible reports in the EasyAdmin user interface.

For more information, please check out our What is FlexNet Embedded? article.

 

2. OpenLM Server configuration

1. Open the OpenLM Server configuration tool (Start Menu → OpenLM → OpenLM Server)

2. Select the License Servers tab.

3. Click Add.

4. Configure the server screen as follows:

OpenLM Server Configuration Tool settings for Flexnet Embedded server

Type: FlexNet Embedded

Description: a name to recognize the FlexNet Embedded server

Time Zone: timezone that matches the license server’s physical location

Hostname: the FlexNet Embedded server’s IP or hostname

Port: See how to find the port in section 2.1 below

Vendor Name: the vendor of the software you are running (e.g. “Avid”, “NVIDIA”, etc.)

5. Click Test to verify that the configuration is working.

6. Click the Apply button to save the configuration.

7. Click Close.

 

2.1 How to find the FlexNet Embedded server’s port number

  1. Open the FlexNet Embedded Web UI address (e.g. http://win10:8888/FneServer/)
  2. On the left panel, click Properties and Status.
  3. Locate the Listen port and write it down.

Finding the FlexNet Embedded Server's listening port

 

2.2 Additional configuration for Nvidia customers

Nvidia customers that use FNE may sometimes be unable to query the XML API remotely (any machine other than the one that FlexNet Embedded is installed). In such cases, an additional tweak to the FNE configuration file is required:

  1. Open the translator-config.properties file (typically located at C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA\License Server\Tomcat\webapps\fne\WEB-INF\classes\translator-config.properties)
  2. Locate and edit the RESTRICT_TO_LOCALHOST variable to false, e.g.:
    RESTRICT_TO_LOCALHOST=false
  3. Save the file and restart the FlexNet Embedded server

 

3. Verify the FlexNet Embedded license manager configuration

To verify that the FlexNet Embedded license manager is being monitored correctly:

1. Open the EasyAdmin web application either by going to the address of your EasyAdmin Server (i.e. http://localhost:7019/EasyAdmin2/) or by accessing the shortcut in the Windows Start Menu → OpenLM → OpenLM EasyAdmin User Interface

Opening EasyAdmin through Windows Start

2. Click EasyAdmin Start → Widgets→ License Servers. The License Servers window appears. Verify that the configured license manager appears on the list. A green circle node indicates an active connection to a license server.

Verifying that the Flexnet Embedded server is monitored in the License Servers window

 

4. Known limitations

  • License denials are not currently monitored
  • There is no support for multiple server redundancy

in Interfacing License Managers

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