There are no special system requirements for the FLOATING Licence, and there is no special End User component. The SIDRA INTERSECTION End User software (client application) simply requires access to a directory on the Licence Server where the FLOATING Licence file is stored.
The Licence Server required by the FLOATING Licence may be an existing server on your LAN and must be accessible to all computers running SIDRA INTERSECTION in order to obtain a licence. The Licence Manager software supplied to you needs to be installed on the server machine.
The FLOATING Licence Server has the following requirements:
- Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2012, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista with Service Pack (SP) 2, Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 3, and
- An internet connection for licensing transactions.
With a FLOATING Licence pack, End Users will need to access a common network folder on the server during the time that they are using SIDRA INTERSECTION. The licensing system will create and use a FLOATING Licence File for each FLOATING Licence and a Semaphore File for each user who is allocated a licence currently. These files are stored in the common network folder. The Semaphore File is opened and held open in a locked state for each user who runs SIDRA INTERSECTION and is allocated a licence. After the user exits SIDRA INTERSECTION, the Semaphore File allocated to that session will be deleted.
The shared folder on the server is for licence control only. The End User software (SIDRA INTERSECTION) and its data reside on the individual user computers. There is no application data written to Semaphore Files.
The FLOATING Licence arrangement is flexible and you can choose to use it within a single site or over a number of sites (offices) at different locations. If you wish to set up the common network folder on a server at a central location to serve several sites via a WAN link, this is a feasible arrangement and is allowable under our licensing conditions. However, it is important to understand that the ability to use the SIDRA INTERSECTION software in this manner is dependent on the reliability of your inter-office links.
Under the FLOATING Licence system, the End User software (SIDRA INTERSECTION) cannot be used on a computer that is not connected to your network. If you wish to use the software on laptop computers that are taken away from the office, you will need to purchase SINGLE licences for these computers.
The licensing system software used by SIDRA SOLUTIONS does not use any network-specific calls. Therefore, it should work with any network operating system that allows the End User computers to write to a common directory. The algorithm has been tested on all of the major network operating systems such as Novell Netware, Windows and other smaller peer-to-peer networks such as Lantastic. No new hardware is required and there is no special server software needed beyond the normal operating system.