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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 Windows 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.

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, Modem 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

You will need to install the KeyAccess program on your computer in order to run KeyServed applications. To install KeyAccess, start your web browser and go to KeyAccess web page. Click Download KeyAccess.

Once the download has completed, double-click the file K2Client.exe to start the KeyAccess installation wizard. Click Next to accept the defaults. Then, in the Choose a network protocol section, make sure Use TCP/IP is selected. In the Choose a user name source section, make sure Use windows logon name is selected. In the Enter the KeyServer's name or address section, enter keyserver.dartmouth.edu. Click Continue, then Close.

Restart your computer. KeyAccess should start automatically (and invisibly). If you do not want KeyAccess to start automatically, remove it from your Programs/Startup folder. You can start KeyAccess manually from Programs/KeyServerClient/KeyAccess.

Customizing KeyAccess

Open the KeyAccess window to configure the program.click Start, Programs, KeyServer Client, then KeyAccess (at times, you may need to do this twice for the KeyAccess window to appear).

It is recommended that Remove messages after 5 minutes is selected. This will allow messages you receive from the KeyServer to be automatically dismissed without your having to click OK. This option prevents KeyServer messages from blocking unattended backups or file transfers.

If you want your clock to be set to the same time as the KeyServer's clock, check the Synchronize clock with KeyServer field. If the time on your computer is off by more than three minutes from the time on the KeyServer, you will not be able to start an application.

Check the Give hints for efficient use field if you want to be reminded not to run KeyServed applications from the server across the network. Running applications from a server is slower than running them on your local computer.

In the Connection box, keyserver.dartmouth.edu should appear.

Installing KeyServed Applications on Your Computer

Once KeyAccess is installed, the next step is to install the KeyServed applications you want to run on your computer. To use a program controlled by KeyServer efficiently, install the KeyServed application to your local hard drive and launch the program from there. Do not start a program from a server.

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

Running KeyServed Applications

You run a KeyServed application just as you would any program installed on your computer. Double-click the icon on the desktop or select it from the Programs menu. You also can create a shortcut on your desktop to the application.

Depending on what KeyServed application you run, 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: 8/20/10