7955: Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation: It Is Not Recommended to Install Acronis License Server on a Notebook

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Install Acronis License Server on a desktop machine

This article applies to:

  • Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation

Description

Installation of Acronis License Server on a notebook that is not used in a fixed place is not recommended due to the following reasons:

  • Installation of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 without a network link makes the product request a second license when the notebook is later connected via a network cable to e.g. a DSL router;
  • Installation of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 with a network link makes the product request a second license when the network cable is unplugged.

If Acronis License Server is installed on a notebook, you may have the following issues:

  • Backup tasks will fail;
  • Acronis Management Console will show the following message:

    Failed to check the license key. The key is disabled.

  • The Help -> About box of Acronis Management Console will not show a license key:

  • An attempt to install, reinstall or update the product will fail with the following message:

    There are no available licenses for Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation on the specified license server.

If you are going to use Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Advanced Workstation on a notebook, it is still recommended that you install Acronis License Server on a desktop machine. The notebook needs to connect to it only once every 30 days. See Acronis Backup & Recovery 10: Acronis Agent Always Checks License Assignment in Acronis License Server.

If you are going to manage only one machine, it is recommended that you use Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Workstation (Standalone) instead of the Advanced Edition. See Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Editions.

More information

Acronis License Server acquires licenses by network card's MAC address, which in disconnected state is empty. Compare:

Connected

Disconnected

The issue does not appear if you unplug and plug (or plug and unplug) the network cable while Windows is running.

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