License Server version 5.0 provides licensing of the Chaos Group products without the need for any physical devices to be plugged in your machine. It allows you to easily activate more licenses right after the purchase and provides a way to stay offline while using your products when you need to. It is still compatible with existing USB dongles, in case you need to use your licenses in this way.
The License Server's interface is accessible in a web browser. See the License Server Interface page for more information.
The installer is fairly straight forward and easy to run, but if you need help, please see the Installing the License Server page for details on the process. This includes using your Chaos Group account to access your purchased licenses from anywhere online.
To activate your licenses, all you need to do is click ENABLE from the ONLINE LICENSING menu. You will then be prompted to enter your username and password. Once the activation is successful, you will be able to see the list of your available licenses on the License Server home page.
You can still activate your License Server even without Internet connection. To do this you will need to download an activation request file from your License Server. Use another machine with Internet connection to upload the file to my.chaosgroup.com where you log in with your Chaos Group account and generate an activation file. Upload the activation file to your License Server to activate it.
1) On the machine without Internet connection open License Server web interface page.
2) From the expandable menu of ONLINE LICENSING, go to OFFLINE ACTIVATION.
3) Press ACTIVATE OFFLINE button.
4) Download your activation request file (cert.crs).
5) Use another machine with Internet connection to log in to my.chaosgroup.com with your Chaos Group account and press Activate License Server.
6) Name your license server and press NEXT.
7) Upload the activation request file you downloaded in step 4 and press ACTIVATE .
8) Download your Activation file (cert.crt).
9) On the machine without Internet connection in your License Server web interface page upload your Activation file (cert.crt) and press UPLOAD.
10) Your site is now successfully activated.
USB Dongle usage
The Licensing system allows you to use seats associated with your Chaos Group account easily from anywhere you can log into over the internet. If you also have a USB dongle with Chaos Group product licenses attached to your computer, you can utilize those available licenses with the License Server. For more details on this process, please see the Dongle usage page.
In most situations, adjusting the Settings for the online licensing system is not necessary. But if you need to adjust something like your connection settings because you're using a Proxy server, you can get to these through the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the License Server webpage and choosing Settings. For more details on what settings are adjustable from this area, please see the Advanced Settings page.
Borrowing Licenses for Offline Use
The V-Ray licensing system includes a way to "borrow" a license for offline use. Borrowing a license means you can still have access to your Chaos Group software without needing a USB dongle or an internet connection. For more details on this process, please see the Borrowing Licenses for Offline Use page.
Updating from License Server 3.0 to 5.0
If you are updating your licensing system from the previous setup to the new online system, no changes are required on the workstation or application side of your software. The online system replaces the existing dongle functionality without any additional steps needed on your part. There is no need to use the Change License Settings application to reconfigure your setup. If you have purchased online licenses, these can be activated for online usage in the new system right away.
No License, No UI, No Render
If V-Ray for 3ds Max is unable to obtain a valid license, your renders will not run and the V-Ray UI will not display properly. If you experience this problem, please double-check that your licenses are set up correctly.
V-Ray rollouts missing from UI
Error message when rendering