Can I use a virtual machine for my concurrent license server?

Yes, you can use a virtual machine as your license server.  The installation of the license manager and the license administrator are the same.  See this article for license server software installation instructions.

There are however some additional things to consider.

  • The license manager and license administrator can run with VMware ESX/Workstation, VirtualBox, Hyper-V, Xen, and XenServer.
  • The guest operating system should be Windows Server 2008 or newer, or Windows 7 or newer.
  • When you activate your concurrent license on the license server, the activation is "locked", meaning that the activation is tied to the hardware of both the virtual server and the physical server.  If you move this VM from one physical host server to a different physical host server, it is likely that the license activation will no longer be valid.  To avoid this, use the License Administrator to deactivate the activation before moving your license server VM to a different physical server.  Then you can activate your concurrent license on the new physical server.
  • If you are using a more complex VM environment that includes clustering or load sharing, like an VMware ESX Server group, we recommend that you contact Golden Software Support.  We can create a custom license that uses different hardware locking criteria so that the license will still be valid after an automatic move of your license server VM to a different physical server.
  • If you move your VM license server to a different host physical server, you will know if the license activation is no longer valid if the client software displays an warning "Failed to retrieve license due to client/server locking code mismatch."
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