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Keyserver: What is KeyServer and license management?
What is KeyAccess?
NOTE: KeyServer is only found on laptops year 2016 or older. Any re-imaged laptop will not have KeyServer and can instead use VPN to connect.
KeyAccess is the client software that makes it possible to access the KeyServer and run the keyed, concurrently-licensed software. KeyAccess must be installed before any keyed software will work.
KeyServer is a software-licensing manager for Macintosh and Windows based computers. Keyed applications are available only for campus-owned or leased computers. KeyServer allows us to share software licenses and significantly reduce costs by placing the number of licensed copies of software packages in a central pool to be used from anywhere on the campus network and monitor usage so that the number of licenses is not exceeded. There is no noticeable difference in response time between keyed and non-keyed applications. Each keyed software package resides on the computer's local hard drive.
Over the UW-Stout network, the user's computer will invisibly and instantaneously get a key from the central KeyServer which will allow the keyed application to run. The major benefit of KeyServer is that a software license is not connected to a specific machine. Once a user quits the application its license is relinquished back to the central pool of software and can then be used by someone else. In the event that all licenses are in use, you would be put into a queue and the application could launch as soon as a license becomes available.
Keyed applications are launched like any other application. However, KeyAccess must be installed and an internet connection available in order for KeyServer to grant you access. Also, you may be required to enter your UW-Stout email username and password before you are granted access.
From off campus a VPN connection is required to launch keyed application.