Licensing Methods of Vertex CAD Programs

     

These instructions present the protection methods for Vertex CAD versions 2020 (26.0).

Licensing in General

The licensing method affects the installation progress. You can use one of the following licensing methods:

NetVID License

  • Primary method for delivering licenses.
  • Vertex Online License Service delivers the license automatically.
  • A separate license file or a protection module is not needed.
  • License is tied to the workstation selected by the user.

License Server

  • A specific Vertex License Server software for reserving Vertex applications and add-on options for the users within customer premises. 
  • The license server must be agreed upon when the software product is ordered. It will be delivered separately with installation instructions.
  • Licence Server works without HASP module.
  • It is easy to install and set up e.g. in virtual servers.
  • Enables buying or renting new licenses, automatic license file fetching from Online license service at Vertex Systems over internet.

Protection Module (HASP) and License File

  • A detachable (USB) HASP protection module and a license file (license.txt) working in pairs.
  • This is an old licensing method.

License File Tied to the Computer's Identification Code (Virtual ID)

  • A time limited license file (license.txt).
  • A protection module is not needed.
  • Used mostly in trial projects.



NetVID License


Start Using the License

Vertex Online License Service delivers the license automatically. The license is tied to the computer's identification code. The computer must be connected to the internet for the program to be able to contact the Online license service. When the program is started for the first time, it asks for the license activation code. A link to a page where the activation code can be copied has been emailed to your company's Vertex contact person.

  1. Install the Vertex program.
  2. The installation program will ask for the location of the license file. A license file is not needed when using a NetVID license. Leave the field empty, and skip the question by selecting Next.
  3. Start the Vertex program.
  4. Copy the activation code you received to the License activation code field when the program asks it.

The user rights are checked from the Online license service whenever the program is started.

  • If internet connection is not available, the program can be used off-line for 10 days.
  • When the computer is connected to the internet, the 10 day period is restarted.
  • When 3 or less days is left of the period, the program will remind you about the expiring license.

Transferring a License

The license can be transferred to another computer. The computers must be connected to the internet. Before transferring the license, it must be deactivated or restored to the Online license service as follows:

  1. Select File > This Software Version.
  2. Click the Deactivate license button.
  3. Confirm deactivation by clicking OK.
  4. The activation code is displayed in the text field. Write down the code.
  5. Go to the other computer.
  6. If necessary, install the software to the other computer.
  7. Start the program, and enter the activation code in the License activation code text field.


Deactivation When Updating the Operating System


Deactivate the license also before updating the operating system of the computer.


Local License Server


Using a license server is agreed upon when the software product is ordered.

  • A protection module, license file or activation code is not needed on the workstations using the license server.
  • See instructions on the page Installing a License Server.


Protection Module (HASP) and License File


A HASP protection module and a license file (license.txt) always work in pairs. The protection module is connected to the computer's USB port.

  • In one user installation, the protection module is connected to the workstation.
  • When a network server is used, the protection modules are connected to the workstations using the server.


Installing the HASP driver

The need to install the driver for the protection module depends on whether the software has been previously installed to the computer or not.

  • Connect the HASP protection module to the computer before installing the Vertex CAD program.
  • In new Windows operating systems, the HASP driver will no longer install automatically.

Vertex has been installed previously

  • It is not necessary to reinstall the driver for a HASP module which has been connected to the computer during previous installation.
  • Select No when the installation program asks if you would like to install the HASP driver included in the installation package.

Vertex is installed for the first time

  • When you install the software on a computer for the first time, also install the driver for the HASP module.
  • Select Yes when the installation program asks if you would like to install the HASP driver included in the installation package.

Installing the driver manually

If necessary, you can also manually install the driver included in the installation package.

Open Command Prompt as an administrator.

If you extracted the installation package to C:\TEMP folder, run the command:

  • C:\TEMP\[installation_package_name]\bin\haspdinst781.exe –i

Wait until the driver is installed (Please wait..Operation successfully completed).

Please note: The driver cannot be installed inside the compressed file. You must first extract the file. Select the compressed file, right-click and select Extract All...


Deleting the HASP driver

Open Command Prompt as an administrator.

If you extracted the installation package to C:\TEMP folder, run the command:

  • C:\TEMP\[installation_package_name]\bin\haspdinst781.exe -kp -r
  • Command parameters: -r = remove, -kp = kill processes accessing driver

In most cases, you can delete the driver with a newer version than the one used in installation.


License File

A link to a page where the license file can be downloaded has been emailed to your company's Vertex contact person. Save the license file to C:\TEMP folder, for example. Browser to the folder when you install the Vertex program.

If the file is not available at the installation stage, it can be saved in the program's user folder after the installation:

  • in a single installation \vx[..]\user
  • in a network server installation \vx[..]_srv\user

[..] = label of Vertex application, for example g4, g4plant, g4pi, bd, ed, ind.

Examples of single installations:

  • C:\vxg4\user (Vertex G4 is installed in the folder suggested by the installation program).
  • C:\vertex\vxg4\user (Vertex G4 is installed in the vertex folder instead of the root of the C drive. Recommendation).
  • C:\vertex\vxg4plant\user (Vertex G4 Plant is installed in the vertex folder instead of the root of the C drive. Recommendation).
  • D:\vertex\vxed\user (Vertex ED is installed in the vertex folder of the D drive).
  • D:\vertex\vxbd\user (Vertex BD is installed in the vertex folder of the D drive).

Examples of server installations (in this example the name of the server is SERVER and the shared folder on the server is named vertex).

  • \\SERVER\vertex\vxg4_srv\user (Vertex G4 is installed on the server).
  • \\SERVER\vertex\vxg4plant_srv\user (Vertex G4 Plant is installed on the server).
  • \\SERVER\vertex\vxed_srv\user (Vertex ED is installed on the server).


Virtual ID and License File


The license is always time-limited. A separate protection module is not needed.

A link to a page where the license file can be downloaded has been emailed to your company's Vertex contact person. Save the license file to C:\TEMP folder, for example. Browse to the folder when you install the Vertex program.

If the file is not available at the installation stage, it can be saved in the program's user folder after the installation. For example:

  • in a single installation \vx[..]\user
  • in a network server installation \vx[..]_srv\user

[..] = label of Vertex application, for example g4, g4plant, g4pi.

For example,

  • C:\vxg4\user (Vertex G4 one user installation in the root of the C drive).
  • D:\vertex\vxbd\user (Vertex BD one user installation in the vertex folder of the D drive).
  • \\SERVER\vertex\vxg4plant_srv\user (Vertex G4 Plant is installed on the server).