To make the utilization and management of AXIS license keys easier for users, GGY uses software license keys that are tied to the AXIS userís domain account.
AXIS uses software license keys that are associated with the AXIS user’s domain account. This allows users who work on multiple machines to easily move between machines in the same Active Directory (AD) domain (and with the same username), without registering the individual machine with our licensing system.
Support for these license keys is present from AXIS version 12.5.01.001 (released August 14, 2009) and onward. Note that legacy key types (USB, parallel and old software keys) are supported in older versions only, and support for those legacy keys is completely removed from the June 2015 release of AXIS 2015.11.02 and later.
AXIS is licensed software that requires a key to operate. Legacy AXIS licenses consisted of a physical dongle or a software key tied to the hardware of a particular machine hosting the AXIS application. To make the use and management of AXIS keys easier for our users, we developed software license keys that are tied to the AXIS user’s domain account. This allows users who work on multiple machines to easily move between them without the inconvenience of moving a dongle, or requesting a software key for each system.
After a license is first assigned to the user, the user must activate the license by starting AXIS and logging into their web account via AXIS. This associates their workstation login with their AXIS license. License activation lasts for a period of time, after which the user will need to renew the activation using his/her web account to continue to use AXIS. If activation renewal is not possible when the activation expires, AXIS can temporarily extend the activation period for seven days.
We have created a Self-Service Software Key Management Portal on the AXIS support website for key administrators. This portal allows key administrators to quickly view the status of their company’s AXIS keys, assign, revoke or reassign license keys, and monitor licensing activity (logs) and run reports. This can all be done without the need to contact AXIS Support. For more details on administration, refer to Knowledge Base article 1845.
The easiest way to understand the licensing process is to look at the licensing lifecycle – a new AXIS user starts at a company and needs to be assigned an AXIS key. Using the licensing portal, that process will proceed as follows:
AXIS License Lifecycle
The activation process involves AXIS (and AXIS EnterpriseLink) connecting back to the licensing server over a secure (SSL) connection to confirm that the user attempting to activate AXIS has a valid software key. This process can be done automatically if network security permits it, or manually if it does not.
For automatic activation, the user provides his/her web account credentials, which are then passed back to the licensing server over an SSL connection. Subsequent activations do not require credentials, since the first activation request registers the system ID in our licensing server and associates it against the relevant license.
For manual activation, the user is presented with a dialog window with an encrypted activation request string that must be pasted into a browser window, which is sent back to the licensing server. The licensing server processes the activation instantaneously and provides the encrypted activation response string in the same browser window. This activation response string must then be pasted back into the original dialog window, and the user must click OK for AXIS to process the license activation.
During the activation process, the following information is encrypted and sent to the licensing server:
The software license does not expire – only the activation period does. The exception is temporary licenses, which do expire after a specified time period. Once a temporary license expires, the license returns to the license inventory for the company/division.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can we support older versions of AXIS?
Does AXIS require users to use this software key system?
Will the new licensing system work for home computers (that aren’t domain joined)?
In our company we have multiple departments that manage their own AXIS licenses separately, how will this system work for us?
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Michael Pomerantz, Rob Sweezie or Victor Rubinstein.