Engineering License Information
- Engineering License Information
License Specific Information
- Acrobat Pro
- HSC Chemistry
- Intel Compiler Suite
- Mentor Graphics
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Project
- Microsoft Visio
- Microsoft - Visual Studio, Other Software, and DreamSpark
- Microsoft Windows
- Power World
- Rational Realtime
- Synopsys & Synplify
WARNING: Avoid using the general FlexLM environment variable 'LM_LICENSE_FILE' as not all programs parse this correctly. Instead use the product specific variables (e.g. 'SNPSLMD_LICENSE_FILE' for Synopsys' more listed below). On WinXP the 'LM_LICENSE_FILE' variable is parsed first, so even being present and blank can interfere with various license managers. Remove it, like with this line of VBscript
WshSysEnv("XILINXD_LICENSE_FILE") = "2100@XilinxLM.bu.edu"
Common License Manager Environment variables
Synopsys & Synplify
Information regarding restricted licenses is available here. This includes private licenses for labs and other groups.
IS&T License Servers
Most Engineering license managers reside on license-srv4.bu.edu, but have CNAMEs that made configuration independent of the server the license manager runs on. These CNAME include: CademceLM, SynopsysLM, and MentorLM.
IS&T has three Linux VM's setup as license servers. When requesting an updated license file we have gone to the redundant setup we are using for packages such as Abaqus, Matlab & MAPLE. Instead of license-srv4, use the following three servers for your request:
NOTE: This example was for abaqus. Replace 'abaqus' with the package name such as 'comsol'. 'abaquslic1' would become 'comsollic1' in this case. (We would request the DNS CNAME for this from NSEG).
SERVER abaquslic1.bu.edu 005056B50174 SERVER abaquslic2.bu.edu 005056B5017C SERVER abaquslic3.bu.edu 005056B50176
IS&T will need the license install media for each package to be relocated so that the Linux FlemLM version is installed. Make sure the Vendor allows VM's to be license servers. Cadence in the past was a problem with zones in Solaris and do not allow virtualized license servers.
License Specific Information
BU-wide site license.
On Linux, with the NetApp drives mounted, run
or on an i386 Linux box, replace "x86_64" with "i386" in the above.
(or if you don't want the version that uses the -cae switch, use whatever switch you want.)
On Windows, choose @license-srv4.bu.edu
We have a license for Acrobat Professional that covers certain specific administrative offices only. These licenses are provided through Citrix XenApps. There are 2 floating licenses. Users must be added to the ENG-Citrix-Adobe-Users group to access Acrobat Pro. We can't provide Acrobat for others, such as research labs, faculty, etc. There are no other Adobe products licenses.
- AlteraLM.bu.edu (alias to eng-license3.bu.edu) on port 1800
- Number of seat licenses is 3
- One of the licenses (the vendor IP) will expire on the 31 Dec 2012
- The license owner is Prof. Martin Herbordt
- AltiumLM.bu.edu (alias to ece-fsv.bu.edu) on port 21001
- There should be 2 sets of 3 licenses owned by ECE
- Hubbard's lab purchased the first licenses and ECE renewed and extended them.
License requests should go to port 5280 on CadenceLM.bu.edu. CadenceLM is an alias for software28.bu.edu which is managed by OIT. License-srv4 is a Solaris Container running on software28.
There are 300 seats in the license.
Our cadence rep is: Cheryl Mendenhall [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Cadence lets us name up to three contacts as follows:
- Licensing Professor: Allyn Hubbard
- Primary Technical Liaison: James Bardin
- Secondary Technical Liaison: David Freedman
We are not allowed to logon to software28, and the license manager can't run on license-srv4, so OIT set up a strange work around for controlling the license manager. You can start/stop/restart the license manager by creating a file cadenceLM.<action> in the /local directory on license-srv4.bu.edu. Every minute a cron script reads the dir an performs the corresponding action on software28.
for example to restart:
- ssh to your account.
- Note your account need to be added to license-srv4 and the machine your sshing from needs to be added to hosts.allow.
- cd to /local
- sudo touch cadenceLM.restart
If you don't trust it's restarted cleanly, you can also just stop it and then start it again:
- sudo touch cadenceLM.stop
- watch the log file and wait as long as you need to wait to be sure it's shut down
- sudo touch cadenceLM.start
There are log files too.
Cadence_License_MGR is run from root's cron on software28 and is what detects when you attempt a stop/start/restart of the license server by touching the appropriate file. After the command is run Cadence_License_MGR should remove the touched file from "/local" on license-srv4.bu.edu
The Cadence license file is stored on license-srv4.bu.edu as
This file can be updated at will, but please back it up by running:
cd /local/cadence-03.49.p10LM/tools.sun4v/bin/bkupfile license.dat
The file can now be modified and the license server restarted using the above examples.
The Cadence user pages are located at http://collaborate.bu.edu/moin/Cadence
The license manager serves a large number of teaching licenses and a small number of research licenses. Please be sure to use the correct one. If you wish to use the research licenses, you may need to buy-in in order to contribute additional licenses to our pool.
We have media to this software on the support share, with the site license number 000013281. Checking if it's current, if not anyone wants to use it, they must provide a license themselves.
Intel Compiler Suite
The license manager serves a large number of teaching licenses and a small number of research licenses. Please be sure to use the correct one, or just use the free GCC compiler collection. If you wish to make heavy use of the research licenses, you may need to buy-in in order to contribute additional licenses to our pool. See http://collaborate.bu.edu/moin/IntelCompiler
LabVIEW is under a site license shared between ENG and CAS. The National Instruments license manager service runs locally on each computer and manages installed LabVIEW packages. See also IS&T's LabVIEW page (which may sound like a different license, but it is actually the ENG/CAS shared site license) and our list of available packages in the 2011 distribution.
Registration and Serial Number
Register your copy of LabView through Labview's own registration tool, using our serial number which is listed in:
(This key works across all of our versions of LabVIEW, and actually covers other NI packages, too.)
3 CAD licenses and 6 FTDT licenses are available only for use by labs that have purchased them. Please login to the following page to view the server/port information for the Lumerical licenses. If you do not have access to this page please send an email to email@example.com requesting it.
See the "Lumerical_and_MPI" collaborate page for the instructions how to run Lumerical MPI on Bungee cluster:
The BME department has a license for Mathcad 2001i currently in use in Compsim.
BU Offers installation media for Mathematica for download from the IS&T website for use by students, staff, and faculty. These require the user to request a license number and "password" (license key) from Wolfram directly. Both numbers will be unique to the particular copy in use. BU also has a site-license for Mathematica, with a shared license number and passwords. The license number is for all copies in use under this license, but the passwords vary by version and platform, and expire annually in late September. They must be updated regularly from IS&T's Mathematica people (once each year in August/September). IS&T also provides free student licenses for download as well, separate from any of these. (Finally, Mathematica is already installed on the network for use in Linux.)
The install media we have is intended for use with the site-wide license for use in ENG labs and offices. Mathematica installations for other purposes should go through IS&T, getting media from them and license info from Wolfram itself. General Mathemetica support questions can go to firstname.lastname@example.org . The license passwords are sent to those on mathematica-list each year, as well.
See here for current passcodes for the site-license.
Who has the access to the directory:
should go to the latest matlab version directory and use the instructions and key in the "BU Files" subdirectory. Who doesn't has the access to the above directory should send a request to email@example.com and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org , and put your own bu.edu email address in the body of the message and the word "AGREE" to signify that you agree to the terms of the license agreement at matlablicenseagreement.txt.
See MATLAB License Error.
The license manager run on 3 redundant Linux server MentorLic?.bu.edu at port 1717. You should use the following environmental variable to point to the license manager.
The new combined license server is now up and running. Please verify testing for both CAAD & ECE.
The CAAD lab (Herbordt) license segment for alterad is served on license-srv4 as CNAME:
Microsoft Office falls under the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for BU, providing a site-license for faculty and staff computers.
If MS Office 2010 is installed, but requires activation you can do the following:
Start a command prompt as Administrator (ie. Start>Accessories>[right-click]Command Prompt, and select 'Run As Administrator').
- At the prompt type:
cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS" /osppsvcrestart cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS" /sethst:ist-881-kms.ad.bu.edu cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OSPP.VBS" /act
Project 2010 is installed in the ECE lab images. The MSDNAA bulk license was provided by Prof. Tom Skinner < email@example.com >
Visio 2010 is installed in the ECE lab images. The MSDNAA bulk license was provided by Prof. Tom Skinner < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Microsoft - Visual Studio, Other Software, and DreamSpark
If you're a student, faculty, or staff member you can get Visual Studio, Visio, Project and other tools for Academic use only via the DreamSpark program (formerly MSDN Academic Alliance or MSDNAA).
ECE students can request access by contacting Prof. Tom Skinner < email@example.com >. Professor Skinner strictly follows the EULA, so read the text and if you think you qualify make your best case to Prof. Skinner.
"let your staff, faculty, and students use the software only (a) to develop, support, conduct, or take courses, labs, or programs you offer; (b) in non-commercial research on your behalf; or (c) to design, develop, test, and demonstrate software programs for the above purposes"
Several Microsoft tools are also available via:
Also some limited versions of Visual Studio are free and there are 90-day evaluations on full versions.
If you're on campus you can use BU's Key Management Services (KMS)
If you're installing Windows from Media you can use these KMS Client Setup Keys, and your OS will activate via BU's Key Management Service (KMS).
If Windows is already installed and needs activation, you can direct it to the Key Management Services as follows: Start a command prompt as Administrator (i.e. Start>Accessories>[right-click]Command Prompt, and select 'Run As Administrator').
At the prompt type:
slmgr /skms ist-881-kms.ad.bu.edu:1688 slmgr /ato
The license manager runs on OpnetLM.bu.edu (a CNAME for eng-license3.bu.edu) on port_a. It is a class-locked license, serving to anything on the 128.X.X.X Class A. Because it is class-locked, it must be run from a public 128-class IP, like eng-license3, and not a private 10-class IP, like the other eng-license servers.
The Windows installers are in:
For Linux the installers for Modeler, Models, and Docs are in:
In the instruction labs OPNET is located in /ad/eng/opt/opnet. Do not use the path /ad/eng/support/software/linux/all/all/. It's deprecated.
You can add and update the licenses by running modeler on opnetlm.bu.edu. If the licenses have expired modeler will prompt you, otherwise I believe the licensing tool is in the menu. I (jamie) have an account you can use to express install with -- mucho más rápido. Our OPNET Group ID is 96415.
An OriginLab floating license manager is owned by several research groups. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like become a member group.
The license manager runs on port 27007 on eng-license3 (a Linux virtual machine). On Linux, with the NetApp drives mounted, set the license file variable:
and then you can run the PowerFlow binaries from /ad/eng/support/software/linux/all/all/powerflow/bin . To see what licenses are valid, run the "exalmtest" binary.
BU has a Power World site license. Please contact ENGIT for assistance.
The license manager runs on RationalLM.bu.edu at port 27700
(Rational Realtime formerly on vlsi49.bu.edu at port 1709)
Location: Installed in PHO701 & Altug lab
Contact: Professors Roberto Paiella and Hatice Altug
All of our RSoft licenses are associated with 6 license dongles, according to an audit in January 2012 and information confirmed by Carl Klinges < email@example.com > at RSoft:
PHO701: 16844109 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user 16843326 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user 1 missing: 16847862 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user 16847863 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user Restricted floating 16848193 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE, BandSOLVE single user Restricted floating Altug: 16846294 - BeamPROP, FullWAVE 3 node cluster, BandSOLVE Old: 16845745 - lost and Replaced with 16848193 16843039 - Supposed RSoft loaner (No BU confirmation)
The 3-node cluster dongle was purchased by Hatice Altug to support her cluster which is no longer in use. Individuals within her lab have been using it on their local workstations. The other dongles are primarily for use in PHO701 and have 1 license apiece. 3 are for research, and two are marked "restricted" -- for teaching use only. This is important whenever a researcher needs to call RSoft for technical assistance -- use the research keys.
More info and the license files (associated to the dongles) are located in: \\engna2.bu.edu\Support\software\windows\i386\RSoft
Our SigmaPlot license covers only the BME Teaching Lab.
ECE purchased a site license for SigView, a real-time and offline spectral analysis software with data acquisition support, statistics functions, and a comprehensive visualization system. Runs on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. The installer is located in:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
The license manager serves a large number of teaching licenses (for use on BU-owned machines only) and a small number of research licenses. If you wish to use the research licenses, you will need to contact email@example.com to have your machines added to the whitelist for the license manager. See http://collaborate.bu.edu/engit/SolidWorksLicense
NOTE: SolidWorks 2013 WILL NOT INSTALL on a Windows XP machine.
NOTE: SolidWorks 2014 WILL NOT INSTALL on a Windows Vista machine.
Read the important information about SolidWorks here: http://files.solidworks.com/Supportfiles/Release_Notes/2012/English/relnotes.htm
Synopsys & Synplify
Synplify is now part of Synopsys and the license is served on SynopsysLM.bu.edu (port 27000).
SynopsysLM is a DNS alias for software28.bu.edu. It is maintained through license-srv4 similarly to Cadence:
- ssh to your account on license-srv4. You system needs to in its 'hosts.allow' file.
- Restart the license manager by creating a semaphore file:
sudo touch /local/synopsyLM.restart
If you don't trust manager has restarted cleanly, you can also just stop it and then start it again:
cd /local sudo touch synopsyLM.stop
- Watch the log file and wait as long as you need to wait to be sure it's shut down. The semaphore will be removed.
sudo touch synopsyLM.start
ECE purchased VASP 4.6 for educational use. It runs on Enrico Bellotti's cluster.
ECE's license for version 4.4 was transferred to Scott Dunham at U. Washington
ENG has a license for faculty/staff use of VMware products under the OnTheHub site Boston University - College of Engineering.
The license manager run on XilinxLM.bu.edu on port 2100, also a DNS alias for license-srv4.bu.edu
According to the license agreement (see below), the software can be run on student computers in a geographic location specified as Boston University and allows for remote access if done within a 5 mile radius.