Basic Overview of Licensing in Measure 2013

Measure 2013 introduces a new network licensing model (see this post for a quick introduction.) Suppose you have two Measure licenses: License A and License B. You also have two estimators: Alice and John. Alice has a laptop she takes everywhere with her. John has a PC at the office and another at home that he sometimes also uses for work.

Alice starts Measure. This causes her to check-out License A.

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John also starts Measure on his work PC. The system automatically checks out License B to John. At this point, no one else can use Measure - both licenses are in use. Even John cannot sign in from home unless he first signs out at the office. So far, this works just as it did in Measure 2012.

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Next, John has to leave the office unexpectedly. He forgets to close Measure. Let's imagine that his computer is configured to automatically go into standby mode after 30 minutes. Because his computer has stopped talking to the server, License B automatically becomes available for someone else to check-out. He can sign in at home without having to do anything special. This is because John's computer at the office was in constant communication with the RFMS license server. When the computer went into standby, that communication stopped and the license was automatically freed.

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Key points:

  • Each license may be checked out to only one Measure user (on one computer) at a time
  • Measure is in constant communication with the RFMS License Server
  • If Measure stops communicating with the server for any reason, the license automatically becomes available to for others to use

Some questions we will consider in future posts:

  • How long does it take before the license becomes available for another user?
  • What if I need to work remotely without an Internet connection?