Installation & licensing of StressCheck® and other ESRD products is straightforward. It is recommended that users thoroughly read the below tips and best practices before installing ESRD products, or setting up a floating license server.
Installation & Licensing
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Getting Up and Running with ESRD Products
Essentially, there are two steps to running ESRD products:
- Installation of the ESRD product(s) on a local machine or a server machine (registry-free)
- Installation of ESRD-generated FLEXnet license keys on a license server (floating) or a local machine (node-locked)
The following tips and best practices ensure these steps are successful for your ESRD product(s).
- You must have Administrator Privileges in order to properly install StressCheck® or other ESRD products.
- Download the latest StressCheck® (or desired ESRD product) .msi file from the ESRD Resource Library.
Note: you must be have Customer privileges to download ESRD products. If you do not yet have Customer privileges, and are an ESRD Customer or Trial Evaluator, you must Request Customer Access.
- Double-click the .msi to start the installation process.
- Follow the instructions to install the ESRD product. You may choose from Complete, Typical or Custom. Typically a reboot is not required.
- If you have a license file, or a license server is available, jump to tip #4.
There are two methods for StressCheck® FLEXnet licensing. The first method is the machine HOST ID (Ethernet MAC address), the second method is the Disk ID (Disk Volume Serial Number). For floating licenses, ESRD requires the server HOST ID.
If StressCheck® Professional or the StressCheck® FLEXnet license manager is already installed, the best way to find machine ID information for StressCheck® licensing is to run LMTools (lmtools.exe):
- Start LMTools.exe.
- Go to the “System Settings” tab and click “Save HOSTID Info to a File”.
- Save the file to your desktop.
- Open the file and copy the contents into the “Message” field of Request for ESRD Support. Complete the form and Submit.
If StressCheck® Professional or the StressCheck® FLEXnet license manager is NOT already installed, then the following techniques are recommended:
- Open up a command prompt (cmd.exe).
- Type “ipconfig /all” and hit Enter.
- Locate the “Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:” line, and then the “Physical Address” subline.
- Copy the 12-digit alphanumeric string into the “Message” field of Request for ESRD Support. Complete the form and Submit.
- Open up a command prompt (cmd.exe).
- Type “vol” and hit Enter.
- Copy the 8-digit alphanumeric Disk Volume Serial Number into the “Message” field of Request for ESRD Support. Complete the form and Submit.
StressCheck® uses the FLEXnet license manager from Flexera. If you have not installed this product, you may download it from the ESRD Resource Library as a FLEXnet v11.5 zip package. Follow the instructions to install FLEXnet v11.5 on your server.
If you are already using FLEXnet to manage licenses for other applications, you may simply append the license keys provided by ESRD, into your standard FLEXnet license file (usually license.dat) and re-read in LMTools. Alternatively, you may maintain separate license files for each application.
If running StressCheck® or another ESRD product for the first time (or after having removed all StressCheck® licensing references), you will be prompted with the ‘Specify StressCheck® License Path’ dialogue.
Where ‘PORT’ is the port used for communication (default is 29731), and ‘SERVERNAME’ is the name of the license server set up by your system administrator to serve licenses for StressCheck®. Then, click OK. StressCheck® should start once the dialogue steps are complete.
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