Absolute Newb: How Does Licensing Work?
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I don't even know what MatLab is/does; all I know is that my university faculty want it on some school computers.
What has been setup before I stepped into the role:
- A lab full of PCs, and a few faculty computers, running older versions of MatLab (2014).
- A yearly license renewal.
- Two Windows servers with FLEXlm license manager, presumably serving out concurrent licenses, one for the Research version, and one for the Classroom version. One of them is also serving as the license server for Autodesk software. The MATLAB licenses it is serving out is for the 2014b version.
A few months ago, I was forwarded an email from the person holding my job before me (Alex), from MathWorks, saying my license was needing to be renewed. With a lot of confusion, we managed to purchase a software maintenance renewal. Now when I log into http://mathworks.com using either my email or my former-job-holder's email, I get to a screen that says "My Software", that lists two licenses, one labeled "Research Only", Concurrent, Academic, and one that is labeled "Classroom", Concurrent, Academic.
If I click on one of the the license numbers (while logged in as Alex), I get a new page that has a "Manage Products" on it, which appears to show what we had, which expired this year, and what we have now, which expire next year. What we have now for the Classroom version is "MATLAB" (Count=60) and "Symbolic Math Toolbox" (60). The Research version only shows "MATLAB" (Count=6).
If I'm logged in as myself instead of as Alex, I don't see the extra tabs on this page that I see when I'm logged in as him. All I see are "Manage Products" and "Contact Administrator(s)" (which lists him only - he's no longer in this job, and shouldn't be in the MathWorks system at all). When logged in as him, I also see the tabs labeled "Manage Users" and "Install and Activate". I'm unsure what the "Manage Users" tab does; it looks like maybe it only gives permissions to people to download MathWorks software.
On the "Install and Activate" option is where it really starts getting confusing. I've figured out how to download the client, but when I try to install it, it gives two options, neither of which I'm sure what to do with, and when I pick one, it seems to download the software again. I have no idea how to get the 2017b versions working, alongside the 2014b version (assuming we still have that version out in the wild), alongside the Autodesk software, nor how to tell the clients to use the license server.
Surely there's some documentation somewhere that explains all this sufficiently enough for me to at least be able to ask intelligent questions? At the moment I'm completely bewildered, and hating MathWorks almost as much as I hate Adobe Creative Cloud.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Jan on 16 Dec 2017
Edited: Jan on 16 Dec 2017
"Log in with a MathWorks Account" and "Use a File Installation Key".
Using the method to login in your MathWorks account is easier and allows a direct online activation. But for an offline machine without contact to the internet the File Installation Key method is required.
Does that mean when I set my student employees to installing this app, I'll have
to give them my creds? Or each of them has to create a MathWorks account?
No, of course you do not have to give others your password. Either you install Matlab on the students computers, or they create their own accounts and you associate them with your license. Then they can download and install Matlab by their own, but you can control the usage, e.g. remove the association, when the term is over.
The options are "Product" (what does that mean?!) and "License Manager 11.14".
The "Product" is MATLAB itself - you guessed correctly.
I am exceptionally frustrated.
I can reconsider this. Although the actual steps of the installation take some minutes only, the process is not really intuitive. I have installed Matlab over a 20 times now on different online/offline/classroom/multi&single-user modes. And I still struggle from time to time. But whenever I'm in trouble, I could contacted MathWorks successfully. E.g. this helped me: https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/105854-how-can-i-install-matlab-or-other-mathworks-products-on-an-offline-machine (but this concerns an offline installation, which is not your problem).
Sit down. Switch off the computer and drink a cup of coffee. Working with computers is frustrating, but we are more patient than they are dull. Ask other human, especially from the staff of MathWorks. After they have explained the steps and showed you the corresponding documentation, the installation will work and you can -- no, not start to work, but take the next break and drink the 2nd coffee. Good luck!