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License Configuration for Frost and Krakatoa

When you first use Frost or Krakatoa in 3ds Max, you will see the following license dialog box.

 

Floating Licensing (Server Based)

A floating license requires a license server to be set up. The license server allows the use software on multiple, non-specific machines. It is also required for network rendering licenses. The following discusses the configuration of a floating license obtained from Thinkbox on a client machine.

  1. Choose the License Server radio button.
  2. Enter the Hostname or IP address of the license server.
    • If you need to use a specific port because you are behind a firewall, check the "Server is using a specific port (for firewalls)" option and enter the Port (consult your Network Administrator).
  • If a valid license was found, your software will run in licensed mode.
  • If no valid license was found, an error dialog will appear and your software will run in a limited evaluation mode. You can configure a license later by pressing the Configure License... button in the Frost or Krakatoa rollout.

Node Locked License


  1. Choose the Node-Locked License File radio button.
  2. Press the Browse button, and locate your license file.
  3. Press the OK button.
  • If a valid license was found, your software will run in licensed mode.
  • If no valid license was found, an error dialog will appear, and your software will run in a limited evaluation mode. You can configure a license later by pressing the Configure License... button in the frost rollout.

For System Administrators

Registry Keys

Once defined, the name of the license file or server will be stored in the Windows registry. For render nodes, you will need to set these keys so that the render software can properly check out a license.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, the name will be stored under the value THINKBOX_LICENSE_FILE in the key:

My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\FLEXlm License Manager\THINKBOX_LICENSE_FILE

If Frost cannot find a license using that key, then it will also attempt to read from the following:

My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\FLEXlm License Manager\THINKBOX_LICENSE_FILE
Windows XP and Earlier

In Windows XP and earlier versions of Windows the name will be stored under the value THINKBOX_LICENSE_FILE in the key:

My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\FLEXlm License Manager\THINKBOX_LICENSE_FILE
Older Thinkbox Software

Prior to Krakatoa 2.0 and Frost 1.2, the license information is stored using the key FRANTIC_LICENSE_FILE instead of THINKBOX_LICENSE_FILE.

 

Frost specific configuration

Frost will detect license files within its Licensing folder.  To use this, simply copy your license file into the following folder and Frost should detect it:

%programfiles%\Thinkbox\FrostMX\Licensing