This page explains the behavior of the license manager when multiple licenses are activated. Multiple activations work fine, but the behavior of the license manager can be a bit confusing in some situations, as explained below.
Different expiration dates
When there are multiple licenses for the same product, but with different expiry dates, the licenses shown in the FlexNet dashboard can be misleading because it only shows one expiry date.
For example, you have 1 FDTD license that expires on July 31 and a second FDTD license from a training course that expires July 24. When both licenses are active, such as on July 20, the FlexNet dashboard correctly shows that you have 2 FDTD licenses. However, because the dashboard combines all the licenses into a single row, it only displays a single date - July 31 (the later date). This can be misleading since 1 FDTD license actually expires on July 24 and not 2 FDTD licenses expire on July 31. So on July 25, only 1 FDTD license will be shown on the dashboard.
Future license activation
Customers typically renew their licenses before the original license expires. We recommend activating the new license before the old one expires, to avoid any downtime. This works properly, but unfortunately the new license will not appear in the FlexNet dashboard until the start date of the new license.
- The date is July 16, 2014.
- There is an existing FDTD license that expires in July 17, 2014, e.g. 'current license'.
- A new license is issued that has a start date of July 18, 2014, e.g. 'future license'.
- Once the future license has been activated on July 16, 2019, both the 'current' and 'future license' will be visible in the FlexNet activation utility.
- However, only the 'current license' will be shown in the FlexNet dashboard.
- On July 18, 2014, once the 'future license' starts, the 'current license' will disappear from the FlexNet activation utility.
- Now the FlexNet dashboard will show the new expiry date for the 'future license'.