08-02-2010 06:14 AM
I have just updated from ACT6.0 to ACT 2010 (5 user licence) and am now using a 2003 server to host the shared database and run a scheduled backup of the data during the day.
I have created a “backup” user with administrator privileges to do this and this user will only be used to run the scheduled backup and will not log in to use the database in any other way. I have done this as I don't want a normal user to run with administrator privileges during normal use.
My question to you all is, do I need a dedicated licence for this scheduled backup or does ACT allow the scheduled backup to run without consuming a licence? I don’t want the backup to fail because I have 5 normal users using ACT but neither do I want to waste a licence just to backup the system.
Is I said I have only just installed and activated ACT but as I bought the software over 45 days ago I can’t use the ACT 45 days of free support it came with despite the fact that the documentation suggests that support is 45 days from when you activate the product, not from when you order it…. But that’s a discussion I need to have elsewhere L
08-02-2010 08:07 AM
08-02-2010 06:48 AM
08-02-2010 06:49 AM
08-02-2010 07:25 AM
That confirms what I suspected and unfortunately leaves me with a problem in that unless the backup user is actually logged in permanently it could be locked out by anyone using the last available licence and unable to do the backup.
I now need to work out how to auto login that user to ACT after a power fail or other system restart to make sure that unattended backups always work.
08-02-2010 07:39 AM
Ahh.... no.... ACT! lincensing is not based on pure concurrency. You have to specifically name 'Active' users - it isn't just a 'first past the post' system where the licence permits logins up-to-licence-number and then denies further logins. If you have 5 normal day-to-day users and are using a 6th (Administrator) login to authorise the Scheduler, you will need a 6 user licence.
08-02-2010 07:59 AM
Thanks again Will,
I need to go away and read the manual... again. First past the post is exactly what I though I had read in the manual and in the messages I have from the admin section.
I currently have 9 users. 7 are "active-pending" 2 are logged in and the message I see is that 3 more [of the remaining 7] can login then all the licenses will be consumed unless the logging in user has their own....
08-02-2010 08:07 AM