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Borrowing Tekla Structures licenses for offline use

Last updated September 6, 2017 by Tekla User Assistance tekla.documentation@trimble.com

Software version: 
2017i

Borrowing Tekla Structures licenses for offline use

Borrowing Tekla Structures licenses for offline use

When you want to work offline, you can borrow an activated license from the Tekla Structures license server. The borrowed license is transferred from the license server to your computer, so it is not available for other users during the borrowing. Also a product ID file is needed for borrowing licenses. You do not need to borrow a license for offline use if you have installed a license server on your laptop.

You can borrow Tekla Structures licenses for offline Tekla Structures use in Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool :

  • The version of Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool should be the same as the version of Tekla Structures license server.

  • The maximum license borrow duration is one month. You define the borrow expiration date when you borrow the license.

  • The borrowed license is reserved for you until the borrowing period expires, or until you return the license, depending on which comes first.

  • You need a network connection to the license server while you are borrowing or returning a license. You can also borrow licenses through a VPN connection. After borrowing, you can turn off the network or VPN connection and work with the borrowed license.

  • When you want to stop borrowing a license, return it to the license server.

Product ID file

A product ID ( .tpi ) file is needed for borrowing licenses. The product ID file contains all the information needed in license borrowing.

When you install Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool , the standard.tpi file is automatically installed in the ..\TeklaStructures\License\Borrow folder. This default product ID file lists all Tekla Structures configurations and their product IDs. However, you can only borrow the licenses that are activated for you on the license server. If you want that Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool only displays the activated licenses, ask your license server administrator for a customized product ID file and open it in Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool when you start license borrowing.

How does the license borrowing work

License borrowing works in the following way:

  1. The administrator installs and sets up a Tekla Structures license server on a separate server computer, and activates the licenses for borrowing.

  2. The user installs the Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool , connects the computer with Tekla Structures to the Tekla Structures license server, and opens the product ID file to see the licenses that are available for borrowing.

    For more information about setting up license borrowing, see Set up Tekla Structures License Borrow Tool for Tekla Structures offline use.

  3. The user borrows licenses from the license server.

    For more information about borrowing licenses, see Borrow a license from Tekla Structures license server.

  4. The user waits for the license expiration date, or returns the licenses to the server before the expiration date.

    For more information about returning borrowed licenses, see Return a borrowed Tekla Structures license.

Example

Below is an example of a system where licenses are borrowed from a separate server computer when users need to work offline:

  • A dedicated administrator installs the license server on a separate server.

  • The administrator activates the licenses, grants the users the rights to use the activated licenses and provides the users all the required information.

  • All Tekla Structures users connect to the license server and use licenses activated on the server. They use their activated licenses when they are working at the office.

  • Some users borrow licenses from the license server when they need to use Tekla Structures offline.

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