To work with VIBES software, it is necessary to have one or more licenses. Two types of licenses can be used: fixed licenses and floating licenses.
The VIBES License Manager is a tool created by VIBES in which multiple information and actions on the licenses of VIBES software can be visualized and performed. The VIBES License Manager looks like this:
The VIBES License Manager
You have to use the VIBES License Manager when you want to:
All these actions are explained in the following paragraphs.
When opening DIRAC for the very first time, the VIBES License Manager will pop up automatically. For the next times, it can be accessed following the next steps:
In the following video, you can find the general information needed to work with floating licenses in the VIBES License Manager. For more detailed information and to know more about fixed licenses, keep reading the next paragraphs.
In the VIBES License Manager, it is possible to obtain multiple information of all the floating licenses present on the server and in the current session.
In the Licenses on server window, it is possible to visualize all the DIRAC licenses present on the server. Here, how many of those present on the server are available, and their expiration date can also be seen.
The Available licenses window provides information on the licenses that are available in the machine for the current session. To acquire licenses for a session, they need to be pulled from the server (the process is explained in the following paragraphs). If they do not get manually returned, they will remain in the machine for a certain amount of time, after which they will be automatically returned to the server. The date on which they will be automatically returned can be seen in the Expiry column.
Important! For all the sessions, you must pull at least one license!
DIRAC licenses on server and in the session
In the VIBES License Manager, it is possible to check the status of the server. This is shown at the top of the window.
If the server is correctly connected, the word Connected followed by a green circle is present. The term Disconnected is displayed if the server is disconnected, followed by a red circle. If the latter occurs, the internet connection is likely absent.
To activate floating licenses, it is first necessary to enter the credentials of the cloud server and then acquire the licenses.
The credentials for the cloud server are usually contained in a .config file, and they need to be entered in the VIBES License Manager. This process can be done following the next steps:
If you do not have the .config file but have the server credentials, you can manually fill them in. In this case, steps 1 and 2 of the above procedure must be performed, and then Cloud server URL, Cloud server ID and Cloud server password must be filled (after selecting the correct license server type).
Important! Pay attention to the checkout policy of the licenses. Licenses can be returned automatically or pulled for a longer period on the local machine (more details in the following paragraphs).
Entering the floating licenses server credentials
To acquire floating licenses on the machine to use them in a session, follow the next steps. For all the sessions, you must acquire at least one license.
Acquiring floating licenses
When acquiring floating licenses from the server, it is possible to set the borrowing period. This corresponds to the period of time that the licenses will be kept on the machine from the moment they have been acquired. By default, this period is set to 7 or 14 days (unless a different period has been decided when requesting the licenses from VIBES). However, it is possible to change it in Borrowing period, typing the number of days.
When opening the license server settings, it is also possible to select the server license checkout policy. This option allows you to choose the return policy of the license. It is possible to choose between two options:
Borrowing period and server checkout policy
Floating licenses can be returned on the server either automatically or manually by users. For the latter case, follow the next steps:
Returning floating licenses
To generate fixed licenses, some system-specific information is required. For this reason, you must first request a license and then activate it.
To request a license, you must follow the next steps (on the machine in which you will use the SW):
Requesting fixed licenses
After you have requested fixed licenses sending the .json file, VIBES will generate them. The fixed licenses are contained in a .bin file.
You must now activate the licenses in the preselected machine. The following steps must be performed:
The licenses present on the machine can be visualized in the “Available licenses” window.
Activating fixed licenses
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