- VLM is installed and hosted by a server on your company’s internal network,
- VLM contains license file (obtained from NI) that includes the software licenses on your company’s NI Volume License Agreement (VLA),
- NI software is installed on the client computer,
- The client computer is connected to the VLM server,
- The client computer requests permission for licenses from VLM,
- As the administrator, you have the option to accept or reject every permission request coming in, or the tool can automatically accept permission requests for you,
- Once accepted the client is assigned a license (or entered into a group),
- When the NI software starts on the client computer, it asks VLM if it has permission to run. Figure 1 shows how VLM manages NI software over an internal network.
Figure 1. NI VLM Server Managing Client Computers with NI Software
Sometimes you may have a client computer that is not connected to the internal network. Computers in labs or laptops that do not stay connected to the internal network can be issued a disconnected license using VLM. This will allow the computer to use the software until the expiration date defined during setup.