V-Ray Licensing System Overview
The V-Ray licensing system is an independent licensing routine (the V-Ray floating license server, tied to a hardware locking device) and the V-Ray renderer itself. The communication between the two is based on the HTTP protocol, even if the license server and the V-Ray renderer are 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 Windows Installation PDF guide and the OSX Installation PDF guide.
Installing the V-Ray License Server
The V-Ray floating license server consists of a single executable file that has to be run prior to launching the V-Ray renderer. The V-Ray installer creates a shortcut to the license server in the Start menu. The installer can also optionally register the V-Ray license server as a Windows service that is started automatically by Windows. Note that the license server requires that a dongle is attached to the machine in order to run, as well as installed WIBU-key dongle driver. By default, the V-Ray installer automatically installs the required WIBU-key drivers.
Securing the V-Ray License Server
Please keep in mind that it is up to you and/or your system administrator to keep the machine running the V-Ray license server secure from unauthorized access and usage of your V-Ray licenses, especially if the V-Ray license server is running on a machine that can be accessed from the Internet.
Configuring the V-Ray Renderer on a Workstation
After you install V-Ray on the workstation, you must tell it where to look for the V-Ray license server. If you are running the V-Ray license server on your workstation most of this setup is done for you and you can begin working once your dongle is plugged in the vrlservice is running. If you are accessing a dedicated license server or you need to reset your license server you can use a small external program which is accessible from the start menu (Start menu > Programs > Chaos Group > V-Ray for SketchUp > Licensing > Administration > Change V-Ray client license settings).