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Licensing SystemLink Products

Last Modified: September 17, 2021

Choose licensing options based on your SystemLink products and goals and assign licenses to your systems.

  1. Install Volume License Manager. Use the following table to determine which installation option fits your needs.
    Number of SystemLink Servers Installation Option Description
    1 Install VLM on the same computer as SystemLink Server
    • Reduces network complexity
    • Ensures SystemLink Server and VLM can always communicate
    Install VLM on a remote computer, separate from SystemLink Server
    • Allows you to use an existing license server
    • Requires connectivity between both machines
    Multiple Install VLM with each SystemLink Server installation
    • Reduces network complexity
    • Specifies node seat quantity for each server
    • Requires multiple license agreements
    Install VLM on one license server for multiple SystemLink Server installations
    • Connects multiple SystemLink Servers and nodes to a single license server
    • Enables transferring licenses among servers
    The computer on which you install VLM becomes a license server.
  2. Determine whether you need a standard or advanced server license for SystemLink.
    Use Case Server License Type
    • You need one server with one workspace for all your data and systems
    • All machines are in the same location
    Standard
    • Users in your organization need varying levels of access to different data sets all on one server
    • Users in your organization need to access SystemLink with their existing credentials
    • Machines are in various locations
    Advanced
  3. Purchase the server, user, and node licenses you need. SystemLink requires three license types:
    License type Description
    Server (Standard or Advanced) Use a server license for each SystemLink server.
    Module node Use a module node license for each SystemLink module. Examples of modules include the Software Configuration Module, Asset Module, and Test Module.
    Module user Use a module user license for each user who will access a module.
  4. Launch VLM on the license server and import the new license agreement from the SystemLink products you purchase.

    If you need to modify your license file, email agreements@ni.com.

  5. Launch NI License Manager and configure it to connect to your license server. Refer to the License Manager help for more information.
  6. When you install SystemLink server, follow the prompts to enter your license information. Refer to the VLM help for more information. As you connect Windows or Linux RT systems to your server, SystemLink automatically checks out node licenses for each system.
The following table shows common setup scenarios and the licensing requirements for each.
Scenario Licensing requirements
  • 10 Windows PCs
  • 15 CompactRIO devices
  • 1 central server with SystemLink and VLM
  • VLM: 1 seat on same machine as SystemLink Server
  • SystemLink Server: 1 seat
  • SystemLink Module Node: 25 seats
  • SystemLink Module User: 5 seats
  • 1 server for production
  • 1 server for development
  • 50 PC-based test systems for production
  • 10 targets for development
  • Production and development systems will use different license servers
  • License server 1
    • VLM: 1 seat
    • SystemLink Server: 1 seat
    • SystemLink Module Node: 50 seats
    • SystemLink Module User: 5 seats
  • License server 2
    • VLM: 1 seat
    • SystemLink Server: 1 seat
    • SystemLink Module Node: 10 seats
    • SystemLink Module User: 1 seat
  • 3 servers to support 3 sites
  • Each site has 100 PXI test systems
  • All systems will use 1 central machine as a license server
  • VLM: 1 seat on remote machine
  • SystemLink Server: 3 seats
  • SystemLink Module Node: 300 seats
  • SystemLink Module User: 10 seats
After you license SystemLink, continue the setup process for your server and clients.

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