Network License Server Installation

For locations with multiple client computers on an inter-connected network, a network license server is the preferred authorization method. Using this method, computers connect to the network license server for authorization. This page describes the steps necessary to set up your network license server environment.

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Network Server Installation and Activation

Note: You can only install the license server on a computer running Microsoft Windows. Other operating systems are not supported.

  1. Download the network authorization tools file and extract the contents to a folder on the computer that will run the license server.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you extracted the network tools and press ENTER on Setup.exe.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation of the network authorization tools and license server.

Note: If you receive the error message: "Unable to find an authorization file," activating the OK button will continue and successfully install the network tools and license server.

  1. Once the license server is installed, open the Start menu and navigate to Freedom Scientific, Network, and then Update JAWS Authorization. Note that while this item refers to JAWS, it starts the activation process for any VFO product you have installed including ZoomText Fusion, JAWS, MAGic, or OpenBook.
  2. Choose the Activate button and then Select the "Now, using the Internet (RECOMMENDED)" radio button. Choose Next to continue.
  3. Follow the remaining prompts to complete the activation process.

If you experience problems activating your network license server, you may have problems connecting to the Internet due to a firewall or other similar situations. Refer to our Software Activation Troubleshooting Guide for more information.

Client Computer Installation and Activation

After installing and activating a network license server, you are ready to install and run the application software on your client computers. Other than installing the application on each client computer, you do not need to perform any additional action. Each time the application software is started on a client computer, it will automatically search for the license server and obtain an authorization token.

The number of client computers that can be authorized at any given time depends on the number of users permitted by your license. For example, if you purchased a license for five users, your license server will allow five client computers to authorize. Once all tokens are assigned, no additional clients can receive authorization.

If you need to support additional users, contact your local distributor or Freedom Scientific to purchase additional seats.

Note: For client computers to obtain an authorization from the network license server they must both be on the same subnet. In situations where the client computer is on a different subnet, you must provide the application software the name or IP address of the network license server using the LSHOST or LSFORCEHOST environment variables. Refer to Chapter 2 – Configuring the License Server in the Sentinel License Manager System Administrator’s Guide.