How do I obtain a HostID for my license file?
For many license types in the COMSOL product family, your COMSOL sales representative will ask you for some information in order to create installation codes. COMSOL uses the FlexNet Publisher licensing system to create installation codes using the HostID and server name and possibly more information about your system. The server name is the network name of the computer, which can be just a name, (e.g., bart), a fully qualified ip-name (bart.simpson.com) or an ip-number (184.108.40.206). The HostID is the physical hardware number of the Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC). The HostID is sometimes called Ethernet address or MAC-address (Media Access Control address).
- First open the command window: Press keyboard shortcut Window button+R, (or, if you have no window button: Put the insertion point in the search field.). Type in
cmdand press Return.
- Type in
ipconfig /allat the command prompt and press Return.
- The FlexNet HostID is the same as the "Physical Address". This must be reported to your COMSOL representative in order to sign a license file.
- The server name is the same as the "Host Name". The host name can also be reported to your COMSOL representative for easy handling, but it is not necessary to create the license file.
To place the number in the clipboard: Right-click the text and select Mark in the menu, mark with the mouse and press return. You can also type the command
getmac /FO LIST /V | clip, where /FO contains the letter O as in Oscar. Then press CTRL+V to paste the output in an editor.
HostID for PCs with wireless adapters
If you plan to install on a PC with a wireless network adapter, you should report the physical address of both the wireless and the Ethernet adapter.
- Open System Preferences from the Apple Menu.
- Go to System Preferences and select Network.
- Select the correct Ethernet adapter and click Advanced
- Select the Hardware tab where you will find the MAC address listed.
- Report the MAC address for both Ethernet 1 and also Ethernet 0 if it exists. These numbers should each consist of 12 characters. Do not select Firewire.
To find the server name, open the Terminal application found in the
/Applications/Utilities folder and type in
Obtaining the HostID on Linux
- Open an xterm window.
- Type in
hostnameat the command prompt and press Return. The output is the server name.
/sbin/ifconfig eth0at the command prompt and press Return. The HostID is the 12-digit number after "ether". For older Linux versions the 12-digit number will be listed after "HWaddr".
For newer versions of Linux distributions, consistent network device naming has been deployed. This means that the Ethernet adapter can have a different name than eth0. Run the command without parameters,
/sbin/ifconfig, to get all adapters on your machine. Select the one for the Ethernet card.
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