A new licence server called Oblivion is being created to replace our current licence server (Babbage). It will take over all existing licenses from Babbage as the licences come up for renewal during the period of July and August 2014. In most cases users of the affected software (see list below) will not notice any interruption of service.
There may be some users, particularly if they have software provided from the Welcome Desk on unmanaged University machines, who may need to change some settings.
Unmanaged desktop users may need to change settings
Some users will need to change settings either in the machine environment, editing file(s) or within the software itself. This DOES NOT apply to software installed with single user or standalone licenses only those using Babbage. Further information will be provided on a program by program basis during the course of the migration process.
Staff PC users should be unaffected
The changes should be invisible to these users. App-V software will be adjusted to use the new licence server centrally, which includes adjusting environment variables on the machines via GPO settings. Any updated App-V applications will be downloaded automatically by the user’s PC when they access the software. This may take a few minutes to occur but this download should only occur once on a staff PC. All the other changes will take place in the background as needed.
Software impacted by this change
The following applications currently use Babbage as a licence server and information on required changes will be issued either shortly before, or after the renewal date of the licence:
|1. SPSS||all versions||31 July 2014|
|2. Amos||all versions||31 July 2014|
|3. ArcGIS||all versions||31 July 2014|
|4. Maple||all versions||31 August 2014|
|5. Minitab||all versions||31 August 2014|
|6. Matlab||all versions||31 May 2015|
|7. EViews*||8||23 November 2014|
|8. Sigmaplot||12||31 August 2014|
*MaxTRAQ and EViews will need to be migrated from the old server to the new server since these licenses don’t expire in the usual manner. E.g. MaxTRAQ is a difficult one from a technical perspective to do because it doesn’t use a proper licence service, rather an EXE.
Advice will be issued to users as each program comes up for renewal and the work necessary to migrate the software to the new server is discovered. If you experience any issues with any of the above programs please contact IT Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.