Monitoring the FlexNet Embedded License Manager with OpenLM – 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 monitor with a FlexNet Embedded license manager in order to monitor license usage and obtain license statistics.Diagram of how the OpenLM Server interfaces with the Flexnet Embedded server

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


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.


OpenLM Server configuration

1. In EasyAdmin navigate to License Manager Servers (Start Menu → Administration → License Manager Servers)

2. Select the LM Servers tab.

3. Click + Add LM.

4. Configure the server screen as follows:

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 Save

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


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 file (typically located at C:Program Files (x86)NVIDIALicense
  2. Locate and edit the RESTRICT_TO_LOCALHOST variable to false, e.g.:
  3. Save the file and restart the FlexNet Embedded server

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:5015) 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 Manager-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.

Known limitations

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