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Running KeyServed Applications

Dartmouth has established a network service that allows you to copy, use, and share commercial, copyrighted software for Mac OS X machines. These applications are available due to negotiated network-license agreements between Dartmouth College and software publishers. The publishers have granted licenses for their products because the use of these products is controlled and monitored by the Dartmouth KeyServer.

KeyServer's Mission

The mission of the KeyServer is to serve legally-licensed software to public workstations on the network, and to accommodate academic requests from faculty for curricular support of specialized, often expensive, software.

People who use any application regularly should obtain their own copy of that application, as the KeyServer is not designed to relieve regular users of the responsibility to purchase their own licenses. The KeyServer's mission is to support public clusters, instructional centers, and the intermittent user. Occasionally, we KeyServe copies of software that individual offices, programs, or organizations have purchased to share among their workgroups. In general, if you are using software at your own desk more frequently than once a week, you should purchase your own copy. This especially applies to normal productivity software, such as FileMaker.

NOTE: Many publishers are no longer willing to participate in licensing the latest versions of their software in this manner. The result is that many of the currently KeyServed applications are quite old, particularly FileMaker, PageMaker, and Photoshop, and may not run properly on later computers. If you wish to use these applications frequently, it is recommended you purchase your own copy.

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How KeyServer Works

The KeyServed application you want to use must be installed on your local computer, as well as a second program called KeyAccess. Whenever the KeyServed application is started, KeyAccess sends a message across the Dartmouth network to the KeyServer to check that the number of concurrent users licensed from the application developer has not been exceeded. If there is a license available, you are allowed to run the application, If there is not a license available, KeyAccess will run in the background and notify you when one becomes available.

KeyServed applications cannot be run unless you are connected to the Dartmouth network - either via Ethernet, Wireless, or VPN. 

The KeyServer collects information about the people who use the various KeyServer-controlled applications. This process is used to monitor usage to assure adequate resources are available for the needs of the Dartmouth computing community. The Dartmouth College Information Technology Policy specifically allows the KeyServer to log the names of people who have connected to the server, their network addresses, their connect and disconnect times, and the KeyServed software they use.

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Setting up Your Computer to Run KeyServed Applications

Customize KeyAccess

  • If you are using Mac OS 10.4.11 or lower, select Applications from the Go menu. In the Applications folder, click the Sassafras K2 folder, then the Client folder, then double-click the file called KeyAccess Setup.
  • If you are using Mac OS 10.5.x, click the KeyAccess icon in the System Preferences.

Install KeyServed Applications on Your Computer

Under Options, select the settings you desire. Under Connection: TCP/IP, make sure KeyServer appears. Click the Logon button to finish configuring the KeyServer.

Once KeyAccess is installed, you will need to install the KeyServed applications you want to run on your computer. Install the KeyServed application in the Applications folder on your computer's hard drive and launch the program from there. Do not start a program from the server.

KeyServed Macintosh applications are located on Dartmouth's Web site; see Macintosh Software Downloads. Other Macintosh software downloads are also available from this Web site. Applications that require KeyAccess are so noted in the application description.

Run KeyServed Applications

You run a KeyServed application just as you would any program installed on your computer. Open the Applications folder and find the folder for the KeyServed application you installed. In the folder for the application, double-click the icon for the application to start the program. You can also drag the icon for the application that starts the program to the dock. This creates a shortcut that makes the application easier to access.

Depending upon the KeyServed application you selected, a message may appear stating that you can run this application only for a set amount of time (e.g., two hours). After that time, if someone is waiting for a license to become available for that application, you are asked to quit the application. These time limits are based upon how many concurrent users can access the application at one time, and how popular that application is.

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Last Updated: 4/13/12