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What is XLSTAT network licensing?

2017-12-11

Network concurrent licensing allows sharing a limited number of XLSTAT licenses among a larger number of users. The number of licenses made available should correspond to the maximum number of users who would potentially use XLSTAT at the same time.

Shared licenses

Let's take an example:

20 users from a marketing team would like to use XLSTAT. However, by taking into account users' schedule, it was estimated that only 5 users would use XLSTAT at a time. In this case, it could be interesting to go with a 5-users network concurrent license. Here how it works:

  • No user launched XLSTAT yet. Our five tokens are available:
    Available tokens: 5
    Our five XLSTAT licenses are available for users.
     
  • An user decides to run XLSTAT on their computer. Upon startup, a token is retrieved for their use of the software:
    Available tokens: 4
    An user launches XLSTAT, a license is then given to him.
     
  • Another user is able to launch XLSTAT just like the first one:
    Available tokens: 3
    A second user grabs a license by launching XLSTAT
     
  • And so on, as long as there are available tokens.
  • At some point, our first user decides to close their XLSTAT application. The token is then released, so it can be used by another user:
    Available tokens: 4
    The first user frees the license by closing XLSTAT
     
  • If a user attempts to open XLSTAT while there is no available token anymore, they would be informed that the maximum token amount allowed to be used simultaneously on this network has been reached, and would be prompted to try again later.
     

Borrowing a token

Sometimes a user might have to work offline or bring their computer outside of the company network. In this kind of situations, it is possible to borrow an XLSTAT token for offline use. This gives the user up to 7 days of offline use, after which the token expires. Here are some details on this:

  • At a point in time, we have one license in use and four available tokens:
    Available tokens: 4
    Only one license currently in use.
     
  • A user has to work offline with XLSTAT. They ask to borrow a token for this purpose:
    Available tokens: 3
    Use checks-out a XLSTAT license
    Borrows token
     
  • The user can now go offline and will still be able to use XLSTAT. This token won't be given to other users as long as it is borrowed:
    Available tokens: 3
    User go offline after checkout.
     
  • End of the day, every other user closes XLSTAT. All tokens except the one that was borrowed are made available:
    Available tokens: 4
    All licenses but the checked-out one are available
     
  • The next morning, our user comes back to the office. Now finished with offline work, they return the XLSTAT token:
    Available tokens: 5
    User returns XLSTAT License
    Returns token
  • All our five tokens are now available again for users to launch XLSTAT.

Server/client architecture

In a network concurrent license setup, we have two elements:

 

   
XLSTAT Server icon XLSTAT Server

Only one XLSTAT Server is used. It allows workstations to run XLSTAT by sharing the available licenses among all users. It is typically installed on a computer which remains constantly powered.

Upon installation, an XLSTAT concurrent license key must be provided to the server.
XLSTAT Client icon XLSTAT Client

An XLSTAT client is used for every user workstation. This is the application that users are working on. Upon startup, it waits for an autorisation to run from the XLSTAT server. 

While installing a client, the server name has to be specified. No license key is required here.

 

 Here is a sketch that shows how elements are connected in a network:

XLSTAT Network Sketch

1

XLSTAT Server

Requires license key at installation.

2

XLSTAT Client

Upon install, specify the server name.

3

Port TCP 7070 allowed on firewalls

View technical specs

Silently installable

Both server and clients can be deployed and installed silently. Explained here.

 

The licences will be shared between active clients, which are users currently using XLSTAT on their computer, just like this:

XLSTAT Network License Sharing

Requirements and installation details

To find out about how to install the XLSTAT network concurrent license and its requirements, please refer to those articles:

 

Advanced uses

For advanced uses of the network concurrent licence, please contact Addinsoft here.

 

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