Licensing

 

Choosing a Licensing Mechanism

This section is intended for customers who need JRM licenses. For temporary/demo licenses, please contact JRM Customer Service. For permanent licenses, we now use CodeMeter, which offers a few choices depending upon what’s best for the end-use environment.

CodeMeter licenses come in two flavors: a hardware USB dongle (a.k.a. “CmDongle”), and a license file (a.k.a. “CmAct”). The key similarities / differences between them are:

  • Either may contain many licenses and serve them over a LAN.
  • Either may be updated remotely.
  • CmDongles may be moved from machine to machine very easily, whereas CmAct files may never be moved.
  • CmAct licenses may be delivered electronically, whereas CmDongles may not.
  • CmDongles are easier to setup (you just plug them in), whereas CmAct files require an activation procedure where the user generates a file, sends it to us, we send a file back, and they apply it.
  • CmAct setup requires the end-use machine to have internet access as part of the setup (but not afterward). CmDongles must have internet access during initial setup also, but this may be done on an intermediate machine and then moved onto the end-use machine. (This may matter in a closed / classified environment.)
  • CmDongles incur an added cost for the hardware itself, processing, and shipping.

The best choice depends upon how the customer wants to use them, and sometimes a mix may be the best. For example, in an environment where all end-use machines will always be on the same LAN, many licenses may be added onto a single CmDongle or CmAct file and then configured to be served over the network. This works well if this setup is never to change. But if you need a specific machine to be licensed while off the LAN, then it would need its own CmDongle or CmAct containing the required product license(s) installed on it directly (CmDongles are the most flexible here, since they can be moved at will).

In summary:

  • CmDongles are more flexible, portable, and easier to setup, but incur a cost per unit and must be mailed out to the customer.
  • CmAct files may be delivered electronically, but require an activation procedure, may never be moved once installed, and require the end-use machine to have internet access (if only briefly) during initial license setup.

Following is a table summarizing the key similarities / differences noted above.

                                            CmDongle                   CmAct file
Extra cost to customer                  :   Yes - $250 each            No
Supports network licenses               :   Yes                        Yes
Transferrable to another machine        :   Yes                        No
Easier to setup / activate              :   Yes – just plug it in      No – requires 
                                                                       activation procedure
May be updated remotely                 :   Yes                        Yes
Can be delivered electronically         :   No                         Yes
End-use machine must have internet 
access (if only briefly) to update 
certified time as part of license setup :   No – may be done on a      Yes – must be done 
                                            different machine	       on the end-use machine

For more information, please contact JRM Customer Service.

 

Installing Licenses

This section contains instructions for setting up your JRM products and licenses. It is intended for customers already having received access to JRM software and licenses. If you need either, please contact JRM Customer Service, after reading this document, which explains the types of licenses we provide.

 

If you have a trial or demo license (LIC file received via email)...

  1. Install your JRM software.
  2. Install your license by following the instructions in the email you received containing your license.

 

Once you have made a purchase and have received a permanent CodeMeter license (dongle or WBB file)...

  1. Install your JRM software.
  2. Install the CodeMeter software:
     For Windows users...
    1. Download the supporting software package: CodeMeter
    2. Install the package:
      1. Double-click the package.
      2. Follow the wizard.  Accept all license agreements and default settings.
    3. Reboot when complete.
     For 64-bit Linux users...
    1. Download the supporting software package: CodeMeter
    2. Install the package via:
      rpm -ivh <package name>
    3. Reboot when complete.
     For everyone else...
    1. Click on this link:  http://www.wibu.com/downloads-user-software.html
    2. Fill out the search parameters with the appropriate "Language" and "Operating System".
    3. Fill out the "Search" field with "CodeMeter" and then click "Search".
    4. Download the "CodeMeter for Users / CodeMeter Runtime..." software.
    5. Install the software package as is appropriate for your operating system:
      1. Linux (as root):
        rpm -ivh <package name> 
      2. Windows (with admin privileges):
        1. Double-click the package.
        2. Follow the wizard.  Accept all license agreements and default settings.
  3. Install your license by following the instructions in this document.

 

If you have a legacy WibuKey dongle ...

Please contact JRM Customer Service for assistance.