6.1. OpenLink License Manager Usage Notes

6.1.1. Background

As of UDA release 6.0 and above, OpenLink have moved the handling of licenses from individual products into a specific License Manager process. This takes the form of an executable, (`oplmgr'), from which all OpenLink commercial products request licenses via network connections.

6.1.2. Single-Tier

OpenLink UDA Single-Tier is a single driver installed on the client only.

For releases 6.0, the oplmgr process was started automatically by the driver on first connection. As of release 6.1, this behaviour has changed; in order to facilitate use of License Manager process for administering licenses of all OpenLink products simultaneously on the same machine, the license-manager must be started explicitly started in advance of services that will use it. The release 6.1 installers now check if a License Manager (oplmgr) process is already running and if not start their own local instance.

6.1.3. Multi-Tier

OpenLink UDA Multi-Tier drivers comprise at least 3 components: a generic client installed on client machines, all of which contact a central request broker which spawns an RDBMS-specific database agent to connect to the specific database requested. The request-broker asks the license-manager for licenses for every connection requested.

For UDA release 6.0, the oplmgr process was started automatically by the request-broker (oplrqb). As of release 6.1, this behaviour has changed. In order that you should only need one license-manager per server, handling licenses for a variety of products (particularly combinations of Multi-Tier and OpenLink Virtuoso Universal Server), the license-manager must now be explicitly started before other services requiring it. The release 6.1 installers now check if a License Manager (oplmgr) process is already running and if not start their own local instance.

6.1.4. How to stop/start the OpenLink License Manager

The license manager takes the following commandline options:

      bash$ oplmgr --help
      OpenLink License Manager
      Version 1.2.2 as of Thu Feb 15 2007 (Release 6.0 cvsid 00084).
      Compiled for Linux 2.4.20-46.9.legacysmp
(i686-generic-linux-glibc23-32)
      Copyright (C) OpenLink Software.
      Usage:
      oplmgr [-shrutp] [+start] [+stop] [+reload] [+user arg] [+chroot arg]
      [+pidfile arg]
      +start     start the license manager
      +stop      stop the license manager
      +reload    force a configuration reload
      +user      run as the specified user
      +chroot    perform a chroot to the specified directory
      +pidfile   pid file to use for server operation
    

We recommend that you create an /etc/init.d/ script that runs `oplmgr +start' on boot-up.

6.1.5. Environment Variables

The OpenLink License Manager will search through directories in the OPL_LICENSE_DIR variable or failing that, the PATH environment variable, for files matching *.lic.

OpenLink recommends you use /etc/oplmgr/ to store your licenses; each product installation will include a copy of the oplmgr executable in its respective 'bin' directory, such that if this is the only OpenLink product on the system, it can be manually started and used for processing licenses with an appropriate OPL_LICENSE_DIR value. A generic system startup script is also being developed for Unix systems to enable the License Manager process to be automatically started on machine boot. If found, product installers will automatically append this to your OPL_LICENSE_DIR variable.

6.1.6. OpenLink License Manager Networking Considerations

The OpenLink License Manager sends and receives using the multicast IP address 224.0.0.24 on port 60001/udp to communicate between components and other license-managers that might be on your network. In the event that it cannot establish this multicast communication, it may cease allocating licenses, so in the event of license allocation-related errors, please check your firewall configuration permits this traffic.