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The Licenses page is part of the Altium Dashboard. Use this page to view and manage the licenses for your account that your organization has purchased from Altium. For On-Demand and Standalone licenses, you can manage who has access to the license, through allocation to one or more specific Groups of Users for the account. This is especially relevant when controlling access to, and usage of, a multi-seat On-Demand License. For Standalone and Private Server type licenses, you can also activate those licenses directly from within the Dashboard.
The page presents a top-level listing of all licenses in the account, initially grouped by license name. Each license in the list is displayed in terms of:
Altium Designer, PDN Analyzer powered by CST(R), etc).
Never. This field is only really meaningful when talking about a time-based license.
Controls located above the list allow you to group, sort and filter the list in a variety of ways, to better target the licenses that you wish to view and/or manage.
Name(arrange licenses according to their license name/permission set);
Usage(arrange licenses according to their Usage attribute);
Type(arrange licenses according to their Type attribute);
Status(arrange licenses according to their status (Perpetual, no subscription; Perpetual, with subscription; Time-based)).
Name(sort alphabetically by name, in ascending order from A-Z);
Date(sort by license start date, from earliest to latest date);
Contact(sort alphabetically by notification contact, in ascending order from A-Z);
SerialNo(sort by license serial number, in numerically-sequential increasing order). Note that sorted lists are read left-to-right, top-to-bottom.
Active(present only licenses that are currently active for the account);
Expired(present only licenses that have expired);
All(present all licenses associated to the account – both active and expired).
To manage a license for the account, either click on an individual license's name in a license list, or use the Details command from the associated control drop-down. This will give access to the management page for that license.
At this management level, you are able to change the notification contact for the license, as well as determine the allocation of that license across one or more groups that have been defined for the account. You can also set up Auto Pay for the associated subscription for the license. The following sections take a closer look at these aspects of license management.
To change the notification contact for the license, click the icon, to the right of the currently named user in the Notification Contact field. In the Select User field that opens, start typing the username (First Name Last Name) or email address for that user. As you type, a drop-down list will dynamically populate with matching results, based on active users in the current account – select the required user and click OK to effect the change.
The specified user will become the new notification contact for the license. Note that if the user is not a member of the Group Administrators group, they will be added to a special License Administrators group, which will allow the user to manage that license without full administrator privileges.
Both On-Demand and Standalone type licenses can be allocated (targeted) for use by specific groups within the account. This allows you to control exactly who has access to, and use of, your licenses. For a multi-seat On-Demand license, you can assign seats across one or more defined groups. This provides global floating license capability – within the geographic scope of your license and the conditions set out in the EULA – without needing to implement your own server.
In terms of license allocation within the Dashboard, there are two ways to associate software Licenses with user Groups:
Note that this applies only to On-Demand and Standalone type licenses.
From the License Management page, allocation of the license is performed from within the License Allocations region. This area lists all groups that the license is currently allocated to. The default
All Account Members group should be removed once the license has been allocated to specific groups – otherwise, it will override those new license allocations..
Click the New button to allocate the license to a user group. In the following Create Assignment window, use the Assign to Group field to choose the group to which you wish to allocate the license. The drop-down list is populated with all currently defined groups for the account.
When allocating an On-Demand license, a number of additional options are available in the Create Assignment window:
When the new license assignment configuration is complete, click Save to commit the assignment to the selected Group.
From the Group Management page, allocation of a license is performed from within the License Allocations region. This area lists all licenses the Group is currently allocated to – no licenses are allocated by default, such as when a new Group is created.
► See the Dashboard's Managing Groups page for more information on user groups.
Click the New button to allocate a license to the current group. In the following Create Assignment window, use the License field to choose the license from the drop-down list, which is populated with all licenses available in the account. The Assign to Group field defaults to the currently open group, but can be set to another group from the drop-down list.
When a new license assignment is configured and saved, its related entry is added to the License Allocations list in the Group Management page – expand its entry for full details.
The License Allocation section of both the License Management and Group Management pages includes an Allocation Type column that indicates how the product entry has been allocated. This can be as a
Single License or as
Multiple Licenses, where the latter applies to all available On-Demand licenses for that product.
This option can be specified when assigning a product license to a Group from the Dashboard’s Group Management page, where the Create Assignment window’s License drop-down list offers an additional All on-demand option. When selected, all licenses associated to the account that have the same Product Name will be automatically allocated to that group, and are used to provide the licensing as defined by the selected licensing options. This license allocation choice provides a quick way to assign a pool of your available On-Demand Product licenses to the current Group.
Once allocated to the group as
All on-demand product licenses, the entry’s Allocation Type is
Multiple Licenses, and when expanded, will show the details of the included On-Demand licenses.
When viewing one of the above included license entries in the License Management page, its License Allocations section will show the license allocated to the group as the
Multiple Licenses type – it is one of multiple on-demand product licenses available to the group.
Purchasing a License enables you to access and use the associated Altium Solution. To stay up to date with your software solution, and take advantage of new content and software updates from Altium, you need to also have current Altium Subscription. The Dashboard is arranged to help you manage your allocation of licenses across your account usership, but also helps you stay up-to-date by flagging the state of software Subscription for each license in your account. And while you can contact Altium to renew your subscription(s), the Dashboard offers a more automated method of doing so – Altium Online Payments.
Altium Online Payments provides a secure system with which to streamline the payment of your subscriptions for Altium design solutions. As part of your Altium Dashboard, you can set up and manage your financial profile, including your preferred payment method. With this information in place, you are then able to easily:
Once this financial profile is defined, you can also use the Auto Pay feature for selected licenses as required. This ensures that subscription is paid before expiring and avoids potential disruptions to your service.
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If you have purchased a Standalone or Private Server License, you can activate that license directly from the detailed License Management page by clicking the Activate button. The Activate License section will appear, from where you can select which version of Altium Designer the license is to be activated for.
Once you have made your selection and click OK, the
*.alf file(s) will be saved to the default download location specified for your browser.
Once you have saved the required license file(s) you can then install the license(s) onto the target computer that is running Altium Designer, or as a license file for an Altium on-site server's Private License Service (PLS), as required and in accordance with the EULA. For a Standalone License, this is performed from the My Account page within Altium Designer – see Adding a Standalone License File. For an Altium server's PLS, this is performed wth the Add License – From File option on the Admin – Licenses page of the server's browser interface.
For more information on providing licenses over your local network see:
Main page: Reports
For On-Demand licensing, a range of license usage monitoring and reporting features are available that can be used to audit how your licenses are used within your organization. This is useful for ensuring that the best use is being made of the available license seats, for anticipating future license requirements, and to determine the usage of individual Users.
Usage statistics and analytics are accessed on the Reports page of the Dashboard. This offers the following reporting options, accessed from the drop-down field at the top of the page (hover over the name of the reporting type currently being used):
By default, the Real-Time Usage reporting will be active, with all On-Demand licenses for the account listed. Use the filter to narrow the report to specific licenses as required (click Apply to confirm the filter setting). Expanding a license entry will show statistics for Users of that license, with an ability to force the release of a listed license seat ().
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