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Rhino 5 License Validation

Rhino 5 introduces a new license validation system aimed to reduce the piracy of Rhino licenses. License validation associates your license with your email address (or email domain in the case of a Lab License) and, for upgrade licenses, your previous license key.

The Rhino license agreement allows you to have Rhino installed simultaneously on multiple computers so long as the license is in use on only one computer at a time. The validation system allows you to install your license on multiple computers, so long as you validate your license with the same information each time.

Upgrading from previous versions

When you upgrade Rhino from a previous version, license validation will associate the license from your previous version of Rhino with the license you are upgrading to. A previous version license can only be used to upgrade one Rhino 5 license. For example, consider a company that owns four licenses of Rhino 4 and upgrades to Rhino 5. Each upgrade installation should be associated with a different Rhino 4 license for validation to succeed.

The validation process

After installing Rhino, you have a 30-day grace period to complete the validation process.

Rhino will display the License Validation Wizard. Follow the instructions on the screen to validate your license.

If you receive an error during license validation, please contact McNeel Technical Support for help. Please include the error description when you contact support.

Validating offline

If your computer is not connected to the internet, the License Validation Wizard will give you instructions on how to validate using a web browser on another computer. The process looks like this:

  1. Enter your email address and license key.
  2. If required, enter a license key for a previous version of Rhino.
  3. A validation code will be displayed. Print or write down your validation code.
  4. Return to the computer that does not have an internet connection.
    • The computer must be off the internet for the offline validation to work. Disconnect from wireless or unplug cable, and proceed to step 7.
  5. Start Rhino 5.
  6. Enter your validation code in the Validation Wizard and click Next.

Rhino will now be successfully validated offline.

Installing Rhino for imaging

In a stand-alone Rhino installation (commercial, educational, or educational lab), the validation is tied to a specific computer.

When you image a computer and push the image to a new computer, Rhino will require validation on that new computer.

This can be problematic. So to solve this issue, consider the following options:

  1. Image your computers and use the option to also image the serial number of the hard drive. If the serial number of the hard drive is the same on all the computers, the validation will not need to be done for each of the cloned computers. Please refer to the image software Help or support for the details of how to configure this. Some already use this option by default.
  2. Use the free Zoo floating license manager on a server to manage and validate the Lab License key once. Deploy Rhino as a Network Install to the computer being set up as the disk image. Then you can push a properly configured disk image to all computers.
  3. Start Rhino as an local Admin on each system. You will need to login as a local administrator on the computers that were imaged, through the license Validation process on each computer. This is time consuming and not recommended unless recreating the image with the serial number of the hard drive is not an option.

We recommend Options 1 and 2.

rhino/5/validation.txt · Last modified: 2015/11/11 by sandy