Trouble Shoot Form: Broker Item 003 (LUM licenses don’t show up in EasyAdmin)

 

Title LUM licenses don’t show up in EasyAdmin
Category Broker
Date Nov 11, 2011
Handled by
Relevant Links http://bug.openlm.com/view.php?id=225
Applies to license managers LUM
Applies to license model Floating licenses, Network licenses, Concurrent licenses, Node Locked
Symptoms LUM licenses don’t show up in EasyAdmin.
Observed during dubug 1. The Broker was not sending any information to the OpenLM Server
2. The Broker “test connectivity” button clicked: Broker saw the OpenLM Server OK.
Trouble shoot process 1. Upgraded Broker version.
2. Changed the I4BLT.EXE path from the OpenLM folder to one supplied by the application vendor.
Solution Found (Found/Pending/Known Issue)

Symptom

LUM licenses don’t show up in EasyAdmin.

Solution

1. Upgrade the OpenLM Broker on the license server machine. Refer to the Application Note for reference.
2. As part of the OpenLM package, the latest version of the I4BLT.EXE file is supplied. This file may not be inter-operable (version too new) with the licensed application version. If this is the case, please follow these steps:

Changing a single port’s configuration

  1. Open the OpenLM Broker configuration tool.
  2. Select the relevant License server.
  3. Check the “Update to the following path” radio button
  4. Click the “Edit” button. The text box becomes active.
  5. In the “Path” text box, type in the path of the I4BLT.EXE file in the LUM folder, originally supplied by the application vendor.

This configuration change may also be achieved by individually typing the I4BLT.EXE file path in each Broker command text box.

Changing all ports’ configurations

  1. Open the OpenLM Broker configuration tool.
  2. Click the “Advanced Settings” wrench icon. The Advanced settings window opens.
  1. Click the “Edit” button. The text boxes become active.
  2. In the “I4BLT Path” text box, type in the path of the I4BLT.EXE file in the LUM folder, originally supplied by the application vendor.
  1. Select a specific port’s “Commands” list item. The “Commands” window opens.
  1. Check the “Update according to advanced settings” radio button, and click the “Update” button. The I4BLT path of the specific port is changed.
  2. Repeat steps 5 & 6 for all ports.

Trouble Shoot Form: OpenLM Server Item 001(Unable to upgrade OpenLM server version)

 

Title Unable to upgrade OpenLM server version
Category Installation
Date Nov 03, 2011
Handled by Rachel, Oren
Relevant Links
Applies to license managers FLEXlm, FLEXera FLEXnet, IBM LUM, HASP, RLM, Sentinel RMS
Applies to license model Floating licenses, Network licenses, Concurrent licenses, Node Locked
Symptoms “After upgrade, server configuration will not run”
Customer could not uninstall The OpenLM Server module, due to lacking permissions.
Observed during investigation Customer could not uninstall The OpenLM Server module.
OpenLM Server Service was not uninstalled.
Trouble shoot process Uninstall and reinstall the OpenLM Server Service manually.
Solution Found (Found/Pending/Known Issue)

Symptom

The customer complained that after upgrading the OpenLM server, the server configuration form would not open.

Observed during investigation

The customer could not uninstall the OpenLM server module. Although being set as an administrator with administrative privileges, he was denied the ability to uninstall the OpenLM server service.

Solution

1. Back up the Database.
2. Uninstall the OpenLM server service, using a CMD file:

  • Compile a CMD file (e.g.: myUninstallFile.cmd) from the following code.
  • Run the CMD file as an administrator: Either from a command line, or Right-click on its icon, and choose to run it as an administrator.

// Stop the OpenLM Server service
net stop “OpenLM Server”
// Uninstall the OpenLM Server Service
“C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\installutil.exe” /u “C:\Program Files\OpenLM\OpenLM Server\bin\OpenLM_Server.exe”
// Wait for the user to click any key
pause

3. Uninstall the OpenLM Server Using the Windows Control Panel.

Note: The OpenLM server service may be reinstalled using a CMD file in a similar manner to that of the uninstallment process:

  • Compile a CMD file (e.g.: myReinstallFile.cmd) from the following code.
  • Run the CMD file as an administrator: Either from a command line, or Right-click on its icon, and choose to run it as an administrator.

// Reinstall the OpenLM Server Service
“C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\installutil.exe” “C:\Program Files\OpenLM\OpenLM Server\bin\OpenLM_Server.exe”
// Wait for the user to click any key
pause

4. Restart the OpenLM server service.

5. Download and run the latest OpenLM server version (MSI file)

Trouble Shoot Form: OpenLM Server Item 002 (Connection to FlexLM license server failed)

Title Unable to connect to FlexLM license server
Category OpenLM Configuration Form
Date Nov 03, 2011
Handled by
Relevant Links
Applies to license managers FLEXlm, FLEXnet publisher
Applies to license model Floating licenses, Network licenses, Concurrent licenses, Node Locked
Symptoms No activity reported on EasyAdmin for a specific FlexLM license server
Observed during investigation A License server’s  ‘LED’ on the EasyAdmin “License Servers” window is red.
Clicking the “Check” button for one of the license servers on the OpenLM Configuration Form resulted in an error.
Trouble shoot process Check License server connectivity configuration.
Solution Found (Found/Pending/Known Issue)

Symptom

The customer complained that there was no activity on the EasyAdmin web application regarding a specific license server.

Solution

1. Make sure the License server configuration is correct:

  • Open the LMtools utility on the “Server status” tab.
  • Click the “Perform status Enquiry”. Status text appears.
  • On the “License server status” line – extract the Server name and status (e.g.: olm_lm_acad and 27000)

2. Install the OpenLM Broker on each license server machine. Refer to the Application Note for reference.

Problem/Error with AutoCAD network license management: “A valid license could not be obtained by the network license manager”

Details:

You can face above problem frequently on AutoCAD 2007 based products when you are working in an organization where:

  • Concurrent licensing scheme is implemented through server/client networking mode.
  • Network bandwidth is low.
  • Network latency is high or connected through VPN.

All of the products based on AutoCAD 2007 contain licensing enhancements which tend to increase network latency and bandwidth utilization of the network. Therefore, you can face this problem while trying to claim the license of the program from the License Manager Server. Earlier versions of AutoCAD products i.e. older than 2007 release were not observing this problem. In this problem, first you are presented with a FLEXlm license finder dialogue box during license obtaining process followed by a message stating:

“A valid license could not be obtained by the network license manager.

Error [1.5. -15]”

In some other products you can receive a bit different message as given below:

“A valid license could not be obtained by the network license manager.

Error [1.5. -18]”

Reasons for Error:

A network throughput or data rate of the link is the main reason for this error especially in case of heavy applications like AutoCAD 2007. Reasons can be summarized as below:

  • Low Bandwidth of the connection i.e. Dial-up connection or low speed ISDN/DSL connection.
  • High Network Latency i.e. VPN
  • Response waiting time of the application/program

One or more of the above reasons can be the root cause of this problem. This problem has recommended solutions which given below.

Solutions:

  • Recommended solution for this problem is either increase in the bandwidth of the connection or decrease in the network latency or enhancement in both parameters.
  • By modification of the response waiting time counter/value which is used as the last resort for the solution of this problem. This is a stepwise procedure to modify the response waiting time counter. Here is the stepwise procedure for the same:
  1. Right click My Computer and choose properties.
  2. On system property dialogue box choose advanced tab.
  3. Click on the environment Variables
  4. On environment variable dialogue box choose system variables field and hit the new button
  5. A new system variable dialogue box with two fields appears; put “FLEXLM_TIMEOUT” in variable name and put 1000000 in variable value field.
  6. Click OK on all three dialogue boxes to close them
  7. Launch the AutoCAD application

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the problem persists, increase the variable value in multiples of 1000000 micro seconds and reach to the value which gives you satisfactory communication results.

Managing autodesk network licenses using OpenLM Software

General

OpenLM Software provides management tools for FLEXlm licensed Autodesk licenses. Many sites that use Autodesk software are also using OpenLM software for managing the use of Network Licenses (ADLM) also called concurrent or floating licenses.

OpenLM is not only a management software, it actively helps CAD managers and system administrators to get more usage out of their existing pool of Autodesk Network licenses.

The software functionality

OpenLM provides the full set of management tools required by CAD managers and system administrators for managing Autodesk network licenses.

Some of the common tasks in license management are:

  • Managing the existing license inventory.
  • Checking existing active sessions.
  • Removing hang-up licenses and releasing idle sessions.
  • Collecting usage time for users, groups and projects.
  • Generating usage reports and charts.
  • Planning future purchase of licenses.
  • Helping users to get the licenses they need.

A good license management software will allow the user to perform this functionality. A very good software does more:

  • Provides a friendly interface that runs on any standard browser.
  • Allows a system administrator to save and close an Autodesk software remotely.
  • Allows the synchronization of users and groups information with Active Directory.
  • Support billing policy for groups or projects.
  • Allows the editing of FLEXlm option files using a graphical UI.
  • Automatically detects and closes idle licenses when licenses are needed.
  • Provides “License Availability Notifications” for users that were denied of licenses.
  • Empowers end users to help themselves and by that save administration hours.

Why is it important to close idle sessions of Autodesk software

Users tend to grab an Autodesk network license from the license pool, for example, Autodesk Autocad, Autodesk Revit or other licenses. They may use it for while and then use other applications or leave their workstation and go away.

OpenLM constantly monitors the license usage of the Autodesk network licenses. When the requirement for license is high OpenLM starts closing idle licenses in order to assure that every user will receive the license he needs.

From our experience, organizations can achieve 40% more usage out of their existing license pool using this functionality.

How can I get OpenLM for Autodesk software?

The fully functional software can be downloaded from OpenLM website.

Which Autodesk software is supported?

AutoCad, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD MAP 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Inventor, AutoCAD Navisworks, AutoCAD Revit and more.