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Activation: Network Service

Once you have the Square One Service Manager software running on your local server, you will need to use it to install the Licence Service.

The Licence Service is a separate application (squ1LicenceService.exe) that comes with the Square One Service Manager that must be run as a special process on the licence server - running in the background even when no-one is logged in and starting/restarting automatically with the server. Such processes are known as system services and can only be controlled by users with administrative privileges on the computer being used as the licence server.

Square One Licence Service Manager - user interface.
Square One Licence Service Manager - user interface.

Step-By-Step Guide

To install the Licence Service, ensure that the full pathname of the licence service application is displayed in the LICENCE SERVICE ADMINISTRATION text box, and that it is correct for your installation. If not, you can use the folder button immediately to the right to locate it.

To install the service, check that the full path to the licence server executable is correct.
To install the service, check that the full path to the licence server executable is correct.

1. Registering with System Services

Once you have verified the licence service executable, click the Install... button to register it with the system. This will add it to the system services list and set it to start automatically when the server is started. A confirmation message, or any system error messages that may have been generated, will then appear.

The location of the application name and Install button.

The location of the application name and Install button.

Confirmation message that serivce successfully installed.

Confirmation message that serivce successfully installed.

The Square One Licence Service Manager provides all the tools you will usually need to fully control the licence service. However, if necessary, you can use the Admin Menu » Edit Local Services... item to invoke the system Services Control Panel window for lower-level control.

Use the Edit Local Services... menu item for system level control.
Use the Edit Local Services... menu item for system level control.

The Licence Service will appear in the list as SQU1_LicenceSvc, as shown below.

The system Services Control Panel window.
The system Services Control Panel window.

2. Controlling the Licence Service

You can use the LICENCE SERVICE CONTROLS to start, pause, continues or stop the Licence Service at any time.

Starting the service.

Starting the service.

Stopping the service.

Stopping the service.

To facilitate all possible systems and server configurations, the user interface offers three alternate methods for sending remote commands to control the service. Service Manager is the prefered method, though the others are provided to accommodate different network configurations, Windows versions and access settings. The three options are as follows:

  1. Use Service Manager
    Uses internal calls to OpenSCManager(), StartService() and ControlService() to manage the licence service.
  2. Use SC Commands
    Uses the Windows SC.exe administrative tool that provides a way to communicate with Service Controller (Services.exe) from the command prompt to retrieve information and control services.
  3. Use NET Commands
    Uses the NET.exe command in a DOS prompt to control the service. This is only valid if you are running the tool locally on the actual licence server.

The Start, Pause and Stop buttons are reasonably self explanatory. Greyed out buttons indicate that the command is incompatible with the current service status so are unlikely to work (though, once again, it will still let you try).

3. Licence Service Settings

The Settings... button allows you to control the events that get stored in the licence server log and the maximum number of licences that can be temporarily checked out by users for use over the weekend or when on holiday.

Settings allow you to control log file entries and licences available for short-term loan.
Settings allow you to control log file entries and licences available for short-term loan.

Licences For Loan

One of the benefits of running floating network licences is that it is possible to allow users to temporarily check-out a licence. When this happens, the number of floating licences is decremented by one and the requesting computer is allocated a temporary desktop licence for a period of 30 days. If not checked back in or extended before the 30 days is up, the desktop licence will expire and the floating licence count on the licence server will automatically increment by one.

This can be used, for example, on a laptop taken to a clients office for a presentation , or by one of your users on holiday or remote assignment.

This can only be done by machines that are already connected to the local network licence service and requires that the local licence server have access to the internet in order to validate loan requests with a Square One Activation Server and have the licences automatically returned on expiry.

By default, no network licences are made available for loan to users. You must use the LICENCES FOR LOAN section in this dialog to both specify the maximum number that can be loaned and set a password required by the user to access the check out/in system.

Important note: For security reasons you cannot set licences for loan details remotely. You must to be running the user interface on the same machine as the licence service so that this information is not sent over the network.

4. Licence Server Status

You can check the status of the Licence Service at any time using the controls in this section. This includes listing the number of licences currently in use, as well as which machines have them, and checking access for different software that you have licences for.

You can check the service status for different Square One software as well as for access to the server from the computer you are currently on.
You can check the service status for different Square One software as well as for access to the server from the computer you are currently on.

Activation: Network Licence
Activation: Network Activation

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