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GstarCAD: Network License Configuration

Network licenses (also known as floating licenses) allow multiple users to share a limited pool of licenses in a local network. 

After installing the GstarCAD License Server on the computer being used as a server, the server will handle requests for licenses from users' computers. 

If you have a team of 20 people and 10 licenses for a product, the entire team will share access to the 10 licenses, while no more than 10 people can use the software at the same time.


While Stand-alone licenses use a license file installed and activated for each computer, and can be used only in that machine, network licenses are installed and activated only one time on your server.

When a license request arrives, the server determines whether the proper license for a requested product is available. If an appropriate license is present and not in use, the server will allow access to the software. 

  • Network licenses are sharable by users from across the company.

  • Easier to administer since it simplifies software asset management and IT tasks.

  • Cost-effective since you don’t need to order as many licenses.

As the licenses are stored on a server, you cannot use the software if you are not connected to the network. Although the server software does not require a powerful system, it is mandatory that the computer hosting the license server be running and available while there are computers using the licensed software.

How to deploy network licenses


Network License Manager Software

[SERVER] Network License Hosting Installation and Activation


[CLIENT] Activate by mapping to the server address


Advanced Features

License borrowing, allows users to borrow a license for a limited time for use on a computer disconnected from the network. 
Use-case: Working from home , Temporary out of office


The options file allows the license administrator to control various operating parameters of GstarCAD Licensing. Parameters, such as EXCLUDE, INCLUDE, MAX, and RESERVE, can be used to control license usage. Usage can be controlled by user name, hostname, or IP address.

License timeout, in which a license will pull back if the product has not been active for a specified time period.