Academic Volume License (AVL) servers are managed using NI Volume License Manager (VLM). This document provides steps on how to set up your licensing server as well as links to helpful resources for you or for your software users.
NI VLM should be downloaded on the computer which will be the licensing server to be reached by the client machines (i.e. end-users like students, educators, or researchers). The server computer must have successful communication with the client machines through the network.
Obtain License File
The License File is the file that will rule out what licenses you can manage and how many seats you have based on what you have acquired.
The license file should be emailed to you after purchase is complete. However, if you need help accessing this license file, follow steps to Obtain a License File for Server from NI Agreements.
Add Computers or Users access to the AVL. There are different methods for sharing access depending on your institution’s needs:
Adding Faculty Access
Unmanaged Concurrent License—This license type is easiest to manage, but operates as first come first served. If this license type is used, you are unable to reserve seats for individuals. You are able to track license usage numbers, but cannot easily track individual users.
Managed License—This license type reserves licenses for specific individuals or defined groups. Add your end users’ information to VLM to add permissions to grant access.
[Recommended] Student Install Option (SIO)—Using SIO, you can provide a serial number to students to allow them to activate software on their personal computers for learning purposes. This allows you as the administrator to not worry about tracking students on a server or collecting user information.
The SIO serial number updates every year, so students will need to request SIO periodically. Using this licensing method, admins can track overall software usage at any given time but are not able to easily track individual users.
SIO license is meant for students, not academic faculty or staff.
Managed License—You can add students’ information to VLM individually to grant access to software. This will allow you to know exact amount of usage and limit access to software if needed.