Q100534: How to use Foundry Licensing Utility (FLU) 8 on a headless machine

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SUMMARY

The new Foundry Licensing Utility (FLU) version 8 has an updated UI and streamlines license server setup by enabling you to install or uninstall server tools directly from the UI.

However, if you’re running on a headless machine you can still use the new FLU as it includes a command-line utility for installing licenses and controlling an RLM server, and you can install or uninstall server tools for floating licenses directly from a terminal.

 

LINUX

NOTE: FLU 8.0 is supported on centOS 7 and Ubuntu 19.  If you need to install licenses on an centOS/RHEL 6 then please use FLU and FLT 7.3, please see the Further Reading section for more information.

Step1. Install the FLU

  1. Download the RPM, AppImage or Debian FLU installer from https://www.foundry.com/licensing/tools
  2. Follow the steps outlined in the user guide to install the FLU

    NOTE: If you're using an .AppImage, run the file directly from its location on disk. For example, on CentOS 7: /home/<username>/FoundryLicensingUtility_<version>.AppImage

 

 

Step 2. Install licenses or point to a server

The new FLU includes a command line component that can be used to install license files or point to the server.  The command-line utility is installed in the bin directory of the FLU install

  • To install a license from a terminal, run the command-line utility with the -l argument:

    cd /opt/FoundryLicensingUtility/bin
    ./FoundryLicenseUtility -l /path/to/foundry.lic

  • You can point the machine to a license server on the network with the -c argument, where serverName is the hostname or IP address of your server:

    cd /opt/FoundryLicensingUtility/bin
    ./FoundryLicenseUtility -c 4101@serverName


NOTE: If you have installed a floating/server license you’ll then need to install the server tools to make the floating license available on your server.

 

Step 3. Install server tools

NOTE: There is a bug with the FLU 8.1.6 wherein it will not install the server tools on Mac and Linux, please use 8.1.3 if you are floating a licence from here: Q100630: Unable to install license server via FLU 8.1.6 on Mac/Linux

The installer for server tools is bundled into the FLU 8.0 and can be run from a terminal with the following command:

sudo /opt/FoundryLicensingUtility/bin/flt.run

The server tools are installed to /usr/local/foundry/LicensingTools8.0.

You can uninstall the server tools with the following command:

/usr/local/foundry/LicensingTools8.0/uninstall.sh

 

MACOS

Step1. Install the FLU

  1. Download the FLU installer for macOS from https://www.foundry.com/licensing/tools
  2. Follow the steps on our learn pages to install via command line

 

Step 2. Install licenses for the machine or point it to a server

The new FLU includes a command line component that can be used to install license files or point to the server. 

  • To install a license from a terminal, run the command-line utility with the -l argument:

    cd /Applications/FoundryLicensingUtility.app/Contents/bin/
    ./FoundryLicenseUtility -l /path/to/foundry.lic
  • You can point the machine to a license server on the network with the -c argument, where serverName is the hostname or IP address of your server:

    cd /Applications/FoundryLicensingUtility.app/Contents/bin/
    ./FoundryLicenseUtility -c 4101@serverName

NOTE: If you have installed a floating/server license you’ll then need to install the server tools to make the floating license available on your server.

Step 3. Install server tools

NOTE: There is a bug with the FLU 8.1.6 wherein it will not install the server tools on Mac and Linux, please use 8.1.3 if you are floating a licence from here: Q100630: Unable to install license server via FLU 8.1.6 on Mac/Linux

The installer for server tools is bundled into the FLU 8.0 and can be run from a Terminal with the following commands:

cd /Applications/FoundryLicensingUtility.app/Contents/bin
sudo installer -pkg flt.pkg -target "/"

The server tools are installed to /Applications/TheFoundry/LicensingTools8.0.

You can uninstall the server tools by running:

sudo /Applications/TheFoundry/LicensingTools8.0/uninstall.sh

 

WINDOWS

Step1. Install the FLU

  1. Download the FLU installer for Windows from https://www.foundry.com/licensing/tools
  2. Follow the steps in on the learn pages to install the FLU via Command Line



Step 2. Install licenses for the machine or point it to a server

The new FLU includes a command line component that can be used to install license files or point to the server.  The command-line utility is installed in the bin directory of the FLU install

  • To install a license from a Command Prompt, run the command-line utility with the -l argument:

    cd C:\Program Files\FoundryLicensingUtility\bin
    FoundryLicenseUtility.exe -l \path\to\foundry.lic

  • You can point the machine to a license server on the network with the -c argument, where serverName is the hostname or IP address of your server:

    cd C:\Program Files\FoundryLicensingUtility\bin
    FoundryLicenseUtility.exe -c 4101@serverName

NOTE: If you have installed a floating/server license you’ll then need to install the server tools to make the floating license available on your server.

 

Step 3. Install server tools

The installer for server tools is bundled into the FLU 8.0 and can be run from a Command Prompt with the following commands:

cd C:\Program Files\FoundryLicensingUtility\bin
flt.exe

The server tools are installed to "C:\Program Files\The Foundry\LicensingTools8.0"

 

FURTHER READING

You can find more information on using the FLU below.

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