Distributing VLA Software and Updates to End Users

Publish Date: Apr 30, 2018 | 2 Ratings | 2.50 out of 5 | Print


Your end users need to get to their software fast and expect it to work once it is installed. Use the free Volume License Installer included in NI Volume License Manager (VLM) to distribute software.

1. Multiple Software Packages Included

As you keep your software program current and remain on service on a regular basis you will receive free software upgrades and updates from NI.  When using NI Volume License Manager (NI VLM) 2.1 or higher you can create Volume License Installers for all software at one time.  NI regularly distributes multiple packages of software on the same media. For example, all editions of LabVIEW including the related modules and toolkits are all on the LabVIEW Platform media.. This is important to remember when distributing software to the VLA users.

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2. Efficiently Using Volume License Installers

Volume license installers (included free with NI VLM 2.1 and later) allow you to put NI software in a central location for end users to download.  Volume License Installers contain four components:

  1. The software installer,
  2. Permission requests for licenses,
  3. VLA Administrator information, and
  4. Connection information about the server hosting NI VLM or FLEXnet Manager.

Volume license installers are not included in FLEXnet Manager, but can be created in NI VLM and used by FLEXnet Manager. It will provide the same functionality as with NI VLM except FLEXnet Manager does not support permission requests. Watch the Creating a Volume License Installer video to learn how to create volume license installers.

NI VLM 2.1 and later creates an easy way to combine volume license installers for a set of DVDs or from a USB. You can combine all volume license installers to call the same software installer. You can also group software into license sets so the user only opens one setup.exe file. From here, the end user only gets the software and permissions they need that you specified with the installer. For example, you could have the following license sets all in a single volume license installer for an easy and convenient install for your end users. The folder hierarchy to the end user would look like this:

LabVIEW Platform DVD 2016

    • LabVIEW Full Development System
    • LabVIEW Professional Development System and LabVIEW Real-Time Module
    • LabVIEW Professional Development System and LabVIEW FPGA Module

Using a volume license installer also works well with different groups using the same software. For example: if 4th Floor Manufacturing is using LabVIEW Full Development System, 5th Floor Engineering is using LabVIEW Professional Development System and LabVIEW Real-Time Module, and 6th Floor Engineering is using LabVIEW Professional Development System and LabVIEW FPGA Module, you could label the volume license installers to be applicable to the different groups. In this example the volume license installer would have the folder hierarchy below:

LabVIEW 2017

    • 4th Floor Manufacturing
    • 5th Floor Engineering
    • 6th Floor Engineering

If you are an NI Suite Customer, you should take advantage of the volume license installers to create a customized installer for each of the NI Suites you have purchased. In this example, the folder hierarchy would look like this:

NI Software Suites

    • Multi-IDE Bundle
    • NI Embedded Control and Monitoring Suite
    • NI Automated Test Software Suite

To learn more how to set up volume license installers in NI VLM 2.1 or later see Getting Started with NI Volume License Manager.

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