Manage the Designer License

This document explains how to manage a license for Semarchy xDI Designer.

Overview

A newly installed Semarchy xDI Designer runs for a limited time - the grace period - without a license. Within that grace period, you should request an evaluation license from Semarchy or register a valid license to keep the Designer running.

When the grace period is over, the Semarchy xDI Designer will stop working: the workspaces will no longer be available to you but will be preserved as-is.

Your company Semarchy xDM Data Integration license allows you to run multiple Semarchy xDI Designer instances. Each instance must be configured to use that license.

A valid registered license allows you to use Semarchy xDI Designer. It also grants access to a set of Components. Component include features of Semarchy xDI as well as connectors to database and systems that you can integrate with Semarchy xDI.

You can install any component into your workspace. However, your license will limit the possibility to use these components.

License Modes

There are three modes to get a Designer license:

  • Online mode: In this mode, the Designer gets its license from a License Server hosted and managed by Semarchy. This server contains up-to-date information about your license. The Designer connects to this server to synchronize its license key. In this mode, license changes, such as renewals, are automatically handled.

  • Offline mode, using a License Key File provided by Semarchy. This license key file allows you to register a Designer without Internet access. The license key file can only be used on the machine into which the Semarchy xDI Designer is installed. With this method, license changes, such as renewals, require that you register a new license key file.

  • Local Server mode: In this mode, the Designer gets its license from a Local License Server installed and configured in your local network by your administrator. The Designer connects to this server to synchronize its license key. With this method, license changes, such as renewals, are handled by the administrator of the local license server, and the Designer automatically receives these changes.

The Online is recommended and should be used for most case. The other modes are designed for specific network and security requirements.

Manage the License

To manage a Designer license:

  1. In the Semarchy xDI Designer menu, select Help > Manage.
    The License Manager dialog opens. In this dialog:

    • The License tab shows the status of your license, including the License Mode, Expiration date, and Status. This tab also shows the other Designer instances registered for your company.

    • The Components tab shows the list of components that are allowed for this license.

  2. Click the Register button to register or update your license.
    The Register License dialog opens.

  3. Select and configure your license mode:

    • For the Online mode:

      1. Select Semarchy License Server.

      2. Paste the Licence Key string provided by your administrator or Semarchy.

    • For the Local Server mode:

      1. Select Local License Server.

      2. In License Server URL enter the URL to your local license server. This URL is https://<license-server-host>:<listening-port>/. For example: http://xdi-license.acme.com:443.

      3. Paste the Licence Key string provided by your administrator.

    • For the Offline mode:

      1. Select License Key File.

      2. Click the …​ button to select the license key file provided by your administrator or Semarchy.

  4. Click Register.
    Your Designer license registers. Review the Status of the license.

You can configure specific network settings (such as proxies) by clicking Network Settings in the Register License Dialog.