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Automate Client Computer Configuration for Softkey and Red USB key Network Installations

This article describes how a network administrator can automatically set a group of client computers to reference the correct keyserver IP address.

This article is an off-shoot of the article describing the network installation process, and this article applies to softkey-type network licenses and Red USB network licenses only. If your network server uses a Black USB key, refer to this article to configure a file on client machines
Alissa Wilczynski
Installation and Troubleshooting
First Time Users

NOTE:  Before continuing this article, you should be certain that you have a softkey or Red USB network license. 

As the network administrator or IT professional installing OpticStudio on several client machines across a network, you may find that the client machines do not automatically locate and detect the network license hosted on a server machine.  On any individual machine, this can be resolved by entering the server name or IP address into the Sentinel Admin Control Center as described in the article How to Install the Network License Version of OpticStudo (Client).

However, if you are in charge of a large number of client machines, manually entering the information on each client machine may become tedious. If you would like to automate this process, follow the instructions below. 

1. Move to a client computer where OpticStudio has already been installed and is working.

2. Verify the settings are correct by opening the Sentinel Admin Control Center " Access to Remote License Managers" section - normally located at this address: http://localhost:1947/_int_/config_to.html . The following screen should appear. Verify the correct server name is in the "Place.IP.Address.Here" section, and that both "Broadcast Search" and  "Allow Access to remote licenses" is checked.

Tip: You may also need to check the "Aggressive Search for Remote Licenses" option if the license still is not found. 

3. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Aladdin Shared\HASP folder. 

4. Find the file called hasplm.ini. The file contains all the settings for the Admin Control Center including the server name you verified in step 2. OpticStudio will use these settings when launched. It can now be copied into the same folder directory on any client machine. Note that you will need Administrator rights on the client machine you copy the file to. 

4a. Important: After copying the file to the client machine, you will need to either restart the computer, or the Sentinel LDK Licensing Service for changes to take effect.

To restart just the service, you may either:

  • Open the Start menu, and search for services.msc
  • Open Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Services 
Next, right-click on Sentinel LDK License Manager (also called HASPLMS) and select Restart.

5. Verify that OpticStudio launches successfully. 


Addendum: Changing settings in the file

If you would like to change the server name or other settings, you can also edit the HASPLM.INI file and redeploy it to the client machines rather than getting a new file from the client machines. 

Open the hasplm.ini configuration file in Notepad or another text editor. The [REMOTE] section covers the same settings as found on the "Access to Remote Licenses" section of the Admin Control Center. Note the serveraddr field can be either the server's network name OR an IP address.