Tuesday, October 6, 2009

So you think you borrowed a network license...

Have you ever borrowed a network license only to find out after you leave work that it didn't? I've seen this many times. There are a few things that can cause this to happen.

  • You login to Windows under a different login name.

  • This happens because the license borrowing is specific to the Windows login and saves information to that Windows Profile.

  • You try to run a different program.

  • You run and borrow a license for Architecture and then try to run Civil 3D. The license borrowing is feature based and you are borrowing a license for a particular feature. When borrowing, ensure you double-click the shortcut icon you need to run when disconnected. Then use the same shortcut icon when disconnected from the network.

  • Your laptop is connected to a docking station that has a built-in Network card.

  • The borrowed license binds with the network card, if that card isn't available (or enabled) when disconnected then it's effectively left behind on the docking station. Disconnect from the docking station efore you borrow the license, hardwire the network cable to the laptop then borrow the license.

  • Your power saving options, in Windows, turns off or disables your Network card.

  • If the Network card can't be seen then it can't authenticate against it. You may be able to go into the Windows power management options. Or you may need to "Enable" it

    To turn off the power management option
    Go to Start-> Control Panel double-click the System icon and click the Device Manager button on the Hardware tab and expand out Network adapters. Double click the adapter and select the Power Management tab. Uncheck the box to "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" (Fig. 1) and click Ok. Reboot.




















    Fig. 1

    You may need to Enable the network card. Start-> Control Panel double-click the System icon and click the Device Manager button on the Hardware tab and expand out Network adapters. Right click your network adapter and select Enable.

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