eDGR Floating License - English
Multi-user access to IATA Standards
The Floating License (FL) solution is a great way to provide all your staff with access to IATA standards electronically.
The number of floating licenses acquired equals the amount of “open sessions” of the application that can be accessed by users at the same time.
It is recommended that you consult your organization’s IT department to support installing this product.
WHY A FLOATING LICENSE?
Now an IATA publication (for Windows®) is easily available to as many users within your organization as you want. With the IATA Floating License solution, licenses can be 'shared' across large numbers of end users located in geographically dispersed offices.
An ideal solution for organizations with many end users requiring irregular or infrequent access to an IATA publication, the Floating License solution gives you greater flexibility and cost effectiveness than before.
Get flexible access
Make the application available to as many users within an organization as needed. Additional licenses can be easily added with minimal IT effort.
Easy to set up and administer
Setup of the Floating License solution can be completed quickly and easily. Once installed and configured, little or no further intervention is needed. End users or IT staff aren’t required to activate individual applications. Review usage over time to assist with budgeting for future needs.
Works on a wide range of IT infrastructures
A highly flexible solution, the Floating License is compatible with most organizations' distribution strategies. Unlike the single user license where an IATA application has to be installed and activated on each end user’s computer, the Floating License solution can be distributed as a virtual application, included in virtual desktops, hosted on a server or installed on Windows computers.
With licenses that can be shared by hundreds of individuals, the cost per end user can potentially be much lower than the single user alternative.
With the Floating License (FL) solution, an IATA application may be:
Installed on any number of Windows end user computers (physical or virtual) across an organization’s offices.
Installed within a virtual application or virtual desktop solution.
Made available to end users in a terminal server (e.g. RDS with RDWeb) setup.
This offers the great advantage of making the application available to as many users within an organization as needed. A number of users equal to the number of floating licenses held may open and use the IATA application at any given time.
For example, an IATA application might be installed on 50 computers. With 1 floating license, any 1 user is able to open and use the application at a time. With 10 licenses, any 10 of the 50 users are able to use the application at the same time. An additional user wishing to use the application would need to wait until one of the other users closed his/her copy of the software.
The floating license solution involves the installation of a license server role on an existing server computer within an organization’s IT infrastructure. The end user IATA application interacts with the license server for ‘leases’ of the floating licenses. The license server must have persistent internet access (in order to communicate with IATA’s activation server). Client computers need persistent network access to the license server.
How many users in my company can install the IATA application?
With the floating license solution, an IATA application may be installed on as many end user Windows computers as an organization wishes. The number of users who can open and use the IATA application at the same time will equal the number of floating licenses held. For example, an IATA application might be installed on 50 computers across several offices. With 5 licenses, 5 users will be able to open and use the IATA application at a time. A 6th user wishing to open the application will need to wait until one of the 5 users closes his/her copy of the application.
Which infrastructure types is the FL solution compatible with?
The floating license solution is highly flexible. It can be used in a variety of technology infrastructure environments, as long as a Microsoft Windows OS system is available to host the floating license server and end user application. The FL solution can be used in a terminal server setup (e.g. Microsoft Windows Server RDS with RDWeb), distributed to end users in a virtual/published application setup (e.g. with Citrix XenApp or Microsoft App-V), made available within a VDI environment, etc.
Can the FL solution be installed in a virtual environment?
End User IATA Application: The IATA application included in an FL solution is fully compatible with physical and virtual computers, terminal server hosting, and virtual application distribution.
Floating License Server: The license server component in an FL setup must undergo product activation. The activation is bound to a hardware ID. The hardware ID must remain constant for the license to remain activated. On a physical machine the hardware ID can be expected to remain constant (barring significant changes to the system). On a virtual machine, steps may need to be taken to stabilize the underlying hardware ID.
For example, with a license server installed on a VM hosted in a large cloud hosting environment, or hosted in a multi-member on premises hypervisor group, the VM may move to a different host each time it is restarted. The underlying hardware ID may change on each host, and the license server may become deactivated. In such a case anchoring the VM to a specific host, or otherwise stabilizing the VM’s hardware ID will be necessary.
Will the FL solution work on Mac computers?
The FL solution includes two components: A license server and an end user application. The license server must be hosted on a Windows OS. The end user application must be installed within a Windows OS. The end user application can be installed within a virtual Windows computer hosted on a Mac computer. Support of the FL solution on the Mac platform is limited to such a scenario.
What network connectivity is needed for the FL solution?
The floating license server requires persistent internet connectivity. At the time of license server activation an internet connection is needed, and the license server periodically communicates with IATA’s activation servers for continued activation validation.
Persistent TCP/IP network connectivity (over a customizable TCP port) between the end user application(s) and the license server is needed for lease management.
Who should install the FL solution?
One or more members of an organization’s IT team must perform the setup operations. Actions are needed on at least one Windows Server system for installation of the floating license server. Security devices in between the FL license server and the end user IATA application(s) may need to be configured to allow the correct communication traffic between the two. Depending on the end user application distribution method used, system administrator permissions may be needed as well on the end user systems.