uunix wrote:The OP has a licence card, which you enter into the licence server.
Normally not, because it would defeat FLEXlm entirely. Let me explain.
Commercial software vendors want to limit software piracy. Much of this is carelessness rather than bad intent by their customers: they often need a 'quick fix', grab that single copy from the shelf and enter the one license key for the Nth time. Then they forget about it.
FLEXlm solves that piece of the software licensing puzzle: a software feature is permanently linked to a hostid (it can do more, but let's keep it simple).
It does not solve another piece of the puzzle from the perspective of the software vendor, namely: which hostids are entitled to a license. If you're selling off-the-shelf software (e.g. Adobe PhotoShop), you'll have people from all over contacting you for a FLEXlm license and you'll want proof they actually bought the software. That's why there's a proof-of-purchase in the form of a serial number on the package. If I (customer) contact a software vendor with my serial# + hostid, they generate a FLEXlm license and flag the serial# as used in their database. These days, this happens without human intervention and is called 'activation'.
This serial# business is entirely separate from FLEXlm. Some vendors have other means of establishing the right to a license. With WindRiver (VxWorks) for example, we have actual, signed contracts in place. They have a license portal where the user can register a hostid and generate a FLEXlm license for it themselves.
If the software vendor would print a FLEXlm license on the package, this by definition means it's not tied to the customer's hostid, but a HOSTID=ANY license. This pretty much defeats what FLEXlm was all about unless it's a time limited license (a trial, you'll find them inside shrink wrapped MIPSpro CD packages). Needless to say, any time limited trial for SUN Workshop expired years ago.
If the software vendor goes out of business or simply stops generating FLEXlm license, I (the customer) am SOL, regardless whether I have a serial# or whatever other proof that I am the legitimate owner of the software. The good news is that FLEXlm SDKs up to ~ version 7.2 did *not* use public key cryptography, but oldskool symmetric crypto. Which means the encryption seeds are hiding in the binaries, and for someone with some skills and a FLEXlm SDK it's not too hard to keygen. I never was much into SUN, but I'd be surprised if there wasn't 'something' out there.