V-Ray licensing system
Installing the dongle driver
Installing the license server
Reprogramming a dongle
The V-Ray licensing system works through an independent licensing routine, the V-Ray license server, which is tied to a hardware lock (a dongle). The communication between V-Ray and the license server is based on the HTTP protocol, even if the license server and the V-Ray renderer run on the same computer. This means that in order for the licensing to work, the computer must have TCP/IP installed properly. Please note, however, that currently IPv6 is not supported.
In order to run, the V-Ray license server requires that a USB hardware lock (dongle) is attached to the computer where it is running. The dongle contains information about the number of available licenses for V-Ray. You can attach more than one dongle to the same machine to increase the number of available licenses. Before using the dongle, you must install a driver for accessing it.
For more detailed installation and trouble-shooting instructions, please check the installation PDF guide.
Installing the dongle driver
Before running the license server, you must install the WIBU-KEY drivers for the hardware lock. The drivers for the respective operating system are included in the installation .zip package of V-Ray for Softimage. You can also download the drivers directly from http://wibu.com/download_user.php (look for the WibuKey section).
To install the dongle drivers on Windows, please follow these steps:
Installing the V-Ray license server
After the dongle drivers are properly installed, plug the dongle in a free USB port of the machine, and run the V-Ray license server installation program. The installer will ask you if the license server should be registered as a service on your machine, so that it runs automatically.
If you already have a license server from V-Ray for 3ds Max or V-Ray RT for 3ds Max, you need to remove it first, as it may conflict with the license server of V-Ray for Softimage. Once you install the license server of V-Ray for Softimage, it will be able to provide licenses for all products on your dongle, including V-Ray for 3ds Max and V-Ray RT.
The installer file for the license server is vrlservice_22001_PPP.exe where PPP depends on the operating system platform (for example, x86 for Windows 32-bit, x64 for Windows 64-bit).
To install the license server on Windows XP, please follow these steps:
To install the license server on Windows 7, please follow these steps:
As mentioned above, the dongle stores information about the available license for V-Ray for Softimage and V-Ray Standalone. A dongle can be reprogrammed to contain additional licenses. For this purpose, you must first obtain a .wbc file from the license server that describes the current contents of the dongle, and send this file to Chaos Group. Based on that file, Chaos Group will create and send you a .rtu file with information for the dongle drivers on how to reprogram the dongle. In the final step, this information is transferred onto the dongle.
See the installation PDF guide for a detailed description of the process.
See the installation PDF guide for a solution of some common problems or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.