Overview of the New Licensing System

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--This article applies to the following GoldSim product versions: 10.5 (SP6 or later), 11.0 (update 8 or later), and 11.1 (update 4 or later)--

A new licensing system has been officially implemented for GoldSim product versions 10.5, 11.0, and 11.1. The latest releases of these products use the Flexera licensing system. Flexera is used widely by many large software vendors (e.g., Adobe, Autodesk, ESRI), so many license administrators and IT staff will likely already be familiar with it.

Below is a summary some of some of the features of this new system:

  • One of the key features of the new licensing system is the ease with which you can manage and transfer your licenses between computers.  It can all be done very quickly (minutes) and without having to contact us. Desktop standalone licenses can be transferred up to 6 times per year. Enterprise standalone licenses can be transferred an unlimited number of times (e.g., daily if necessary).
  • Network licenses will be much more stable and flexible than they have been in the past. Among other things, you will be able to "borrow" them from the license server (so that they effectively become temporary standalone licenses). This will be particularly useful if you need to use a network license remotely (e.g., on a plane or at a customer's site). You will also be able to open multiple instances of GoldSim while using a network license without utilizing more than one seat. The License Administrator for your organization can control who and for how long a license can be borrowed, and will also be able to track statistics on license usage.
  • Whether you have standalone or network licenses (or both), your License Administrator will be able to manage all licenses via a License Portal (e.g., identifying the location and status of every license in your organization).


Understanding GoldSim Licensing

There are three different ways to license GoldSim.  Which is most appropriate for you depends on how you (or your organization) would like to use GoldSim.

Desktop Standalone License

A Desktop Standalone License is the most common type of license, and probably what most people are familiar with for many software products they already use.  The license resides on a single computer and is licensed for use on that computer. As such, it can be used by one person at a time.  The license can be transferred between computers (quickly and easily), but the number of transfers is limited to six per year. 

This is the option to choose if the license will be used on a single computer, and only needs to transferred infrequently.

Enterprise Standalone License

An Enterprise Stanalone License is identical to a Desktop Standalone License, with a single difference: there is no limit on how often the license can be transferred between computers. Because license transfers can be carried out very quickly and easily, an Enterprise Standalone License can be easily shared among a group of users.  Note, however, that it can still only be used by one person at a time.

This is the option to choose if you need to transfer the license frequently (e.g., every day or every week) between computers.

Concurrent Network License

A Concurrent Network License allows multiple computers to access GoldSim over a network (typically a LAN). For example, a 3-seat Network license would allow up to 3 computers from anywhere on the network to concurrently (simultaneously) access GoldSim. The cost of a Concurrent Network license is directly proportional to the number of seats (e.g., a 2-seat licenses is twice the cost of a 1-seat license).

In order to use a Network license, the users must have a persisent connection to the License Server (i.e., a server where the license is hosted). Concurrent Network Licenses also provide the ability for a user to temporarily "borrow" a license (such that it effectively becomes a Standalone License on the user's computer). Once a license is borrowed, a persisent connection to the License Server is no longer required. The borrowed license can be returned to the Server manually, and is returned automatically when the borrowing period expires (no more than 30 days, and can be further limited by your organization's License Administrator).

GoldSim uses  Flexera's FlexNet Publisher licensing system to implement the Network (and Standalone) licenses.  This is a widely-used system that will likely be familiar to IT staff in many organizations. This system provides a number of management tools for tracking and controlling usage. Detailed requirements and installation and configuration details can be found here.

This is the option to choose if 1) you have a large number of users, but only a subset of those users need to use GoldSim at any one time; and/or 2) your organization would like to track and control license usage.

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