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Users with floating licenses can control various operating parameters of their licensing. For example, they can create user groups that have a certain number of license features reserved for them, or create groups that cannot access certain license features. They can also restrict the number of licenses available.

The options file is described in detail in Managing The Options File in the License Administration Guide available in the Flexlm utilities, Where can I get the latest FLEXLM utilities for the AWRDE?

The options file is a text file that you should name awrd.opt and put in the same directory as the awrd.lic and lmgrd.exe files (usually C:/flex_lm). Some commonly used option keywords are: INCLUDE, EXCLUDE, GROUP, RESERVE, and GROUPCASEINSENSITIVE.

The following is a sample options file:

GROUPCASEINSENSITIVE ON
GROUP MWOUSER user1  user2
GROUP MWOPOWER user3 user4
EXCLUDE MWO_225 GROUP MWOPOWER
RESERVE 2 VSS_350 GROUP MWOUSER

NOTE: You must save the options file in ANSI format (for example, Windows Notepad but not Windows WordPad), or it will not work.

Once the options file is in place, restart the server and all newly checked out licenses will adhere to its rules.

The AWRDE displays errors in License Status if the options affect getting licenses.

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