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Occasional contributor

Does Flexlm licensing support docker based setup?

We are looking to use our software on a docker based setup. Is this  supported by FlexLM licensing?

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Flexera
Flexera

Re: Does Flexlm licensing support docker based setup?

@jbforster , officially FNP toolkit based licensing doesn't support the docker/container setup for licensing solutions.

Having said that, we have it at good authority that the licensing solution in field is already being used on such a setup with ease. FNP engineering is actively looking into bringing this under subscribed list of supported setup (may be in future releases).

The real challenge with docket based OS is to find a unique identity to which licensing rights can be node locked. 

So, for now we officially don't support it. Bt, it should work and if you are facing any issues with that, we will be happy to assist with your further concerns.

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Occasional contributor

Re: Does Flexlm licensing support docker based setup?

Thank you. We will give it a try anyway.

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Flexera beginner

Re: Does Flexlm licensing support docker based setup?

We've had a problem when running our software in Docker because (IIRC) containers reuse the hostname of the host OS so by default  they were all sharing a single license. We addressed this by using vendor string grouping with the vendor string  being basically the standard host ID (ethernet address) which are different for docker instances. However, this brought problems with borrowing because borrowing with vendor string is not officially supported, so we disable this when borrowing.

So, in summary: doable, but you may need to customize your checkout code somewhat.

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