FLEXlm ( FlexNet publisher ) Options files grant license administrators close control over various operating parameters within the constraints of the license model. Licensed features can be dedicated, denied or reserved to users or groups of users, as well as Hosts, IPs, and Host Groups according to the Options file setting.
Employing FLEXlm Options file, the license administrator can:
1. For concurrent (floating) licenses:
Allow the use of features
Deny the use of features
2. For all license types:
Restrict the number of licenses available
Control the amount of information logged about license usage
Enable a report log file
Control the automatic rereading of licenses
FLEXlm Options files are implemented as text files, located on the license server. Although this method fits the licensing requirements well, the process of creating and maintaining Options files is error-prone and difficult to maintain.
The OpenLM solution incorporates synchronization of License administration tools with the organization’s LDAP (Active Directory), keeping the FLEXlm Options file up-to-date as users leave or join the organization, or move between groups.
Creating an Options File
1. The Options file should be placed under the same directory as the vendor daemon file, in order to enable FLEXlm to read it automatically. Locating the Options file in a different folder is possible, but this requires FLEXlm to be configured to search for it in that particular location.
2. The recommended name for the Options file is vendor.opt, where vendor is the vendor daemon name ( e.g.: for the ESRI ArcGIS vendor: arcgis.opt is recommended). Note: The name should not contain any blank spaces. Use an underscore ‘_’ to create a separation between words, otherwise name will not register. i.e.: “Vendor name.opt” is not recognized.
FLEXlm Options file editing
When configuring the Options file using OpenLM, the configuration data is presented to the OpenLM Server, and forward by it to the OpenLM Broker, located on the license server machine. The OpenLM Broker updates the Options file.