CodeMeter Server Setup

CodeMeter Server Setup

Using a CodeMeter Server

If you would like to use network licenses (e.g. instead of single licenses), you will need a CodeMeter hardware key or software key. Contact your local Graphisoft partner to order one or to exchange your existing single key(s).

Single or network keys

A so-called single key can hold one license for each Graphisoft product (Archicad, EcoDesigner STAR) and can be used locally. You connect the hardware key to your computer’s USB port or download the software key with License Manager Tool (LMT); if you have the CodeMeter driver installed (it is installed with Archicad), your Graphisoft product will find a license and will run in commercial mode. Each workstation in an office needs to have an individual key.

network key can hold multiple licenses related to each product (Archicad, EcoDesigner STAR). To share them across multiple computers you need a CodeMeter server. This arrangement provides more flexibility than having individual keys, as the licenses are allocated only when they are being used on one of the clients.

System requirements for CodeMeter Server

The CodeMeter server is part of the CodeMeter driver, so you only need to select a computer on your network that will act as a CodeMeter server. To set up a CodeMeter server as a network license server, you will need the following:

A computer with network connection (should be running during work hours).

The computer must have at least one free USB port, for hardware key only.

Note: There is no need for a server-level operating system for the CodeMeter server. You can use one of the workstations as a CodeMeter server, and you must keep it running during work hours. Any computer that has recent Windows or OS X versions can be used.

Set up the server

After you have your server running and the CodeMeter driver is installed, start the server as described below. All CodeMeter settings can be managed in CodeMeter WebAdmin. To start it:

Open CodeMeter Center (from Applications or using the Start menu) and click on WebAdmin;

or simply open localhost:22350 on your browser.

To enable the CodeMeter server:

1.Go to Configuration/Server Access tab.

2.In the Network Server section, check Enable.

3.In the CmWAN Server section, check Enable, if you want to use the computer in a wide area network (WAN) and allow license accesses

4.Click Apply.

5.Restart CodeMeter service (on Mac: System Preferences/CodeMeter, on Win: CodeMeter Control Center)

From that point, the server runs and shares licenses on the local network.

Client-side settings

All clients on the local network should find the server automatically. In case this does not work (e.g. your server is in a different subnet, or you are connecting remotely through the Internet), then you may need to specify the server’s hostname IP address. On the client:

1.Open WebAdmin.

2.Go to Configuration/Basic/Server Search List.

3.Add the server to the Server Search List.

This field can have multiple entries; the client searches for available licenses in the specified order and only on the specified servers. Only when the list is empty does the client search for other available servers.

Access control

With the default settings, all computers on the same local network (same subnet) can use a license from the server.

To restrict access:

1.Open WebAdmin.

2.Go to Configuration/Server/License Access Permissions.

If the Clients’ list is empty, anyone on the local network can use a license. If at least one entry is listed here, only the listed entries can request a license.

Note: If the server is public on the Internet, or no one is allowed to use a license, make sure that this list is filled out correctly to avoid unwanted license usage.

You may want to check who is using a license:

1.Open WebAdmin on the server computer.

2.Go to License Monitoring/Sessions.

Here you can see a list of active clients and clients who have borrowed licenses.

License Borrowing

If your network key has a license borrowing product, the clients can borrow a license.

For more information, see article on License Borrowing.

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