Floating licenses are licenses that can be shared by users on the same network.
Unlike node-locked licenses, Ziva VFX floating licenses are managed by the Reprise License Manager (RLM) software (64-bit for Windows and Linux, 32-bit for Windows, v.12 or later). You can either download the packaged RLM server bundle from the Ziva site or download the RLM server bundle directly from Reprise Software.
If you have already installed the Ziva VFX plugin, jump to Set up the floating license server.
Install the Ziva VFX Maya plugin
Navigate to the Licenses section of your Ziva account, sign in to your Ziva account (if prompted), and select your Ziva VFX license.
For Windows users, the easiest way to install the plugin is to use the Windows Installer. All you have to do is download the installer and run the
If you are using Linux or would like more control over your Windows installation process, you can follow the steps below:
- Download the
.zipfile. Be sure to specify the correct OS and Maya version.
- Extract the contents of the 'Ziva-VFX-Maya-Module' folder in the
- Move the resulting folder into your Maya module directory. For example,
Load Ziva.mll into Maya
- Launch Maya > Windows > Settings/Preferences > Plug-in Manager.
ziva.mllby checking the Loaded box. If
ziva.mlldoes not show up in the list by default, you can locate it using Browse. Once loaded, click Close to exit out of the Plug-in Manager.
After the plugin is loaded, you see Ziva, Ziva Tools, and Ziva Transfer in your top menu bar. These menus contain all of the Ziva VFX functionalities, but can only be used after the license file has been set up.
Set up the floating license server
If you already have a matched RLM server running (e.g. for Arnold renderer), add the license file (e.g.
ziva.lic) and our server settings
zivadyn.set(downloaded from the Licenses section in your Ziva account) to your existing server’s directory and have it read the license. When a server is running, simple management can be done by
If you do not have an RLM server running
- Navigate to the Licenses section of your Ziva account and click on your Ziva VFX Studio license.
- Click the Download (.SET) button.
- Download and extract the RLM license server bundle to a folder.
- Enter your workstation or server's MAC address > click Yes or No depending on if you're using a virtual machine/ server > Click Generate.
- Click the Download (.LIC) button to download your license file.
- Add the license file (e.g.
ziva.lic) and our server settings
zivadyn.setto the target folder. For example,
- Run the RLM executable to start the license server. For example,
The RLM server reads the license. When a server is running, simple management can be done at
Access to the license server
If you are accessing the license file from another workstation, you need to create a license file so that the workstation will know where to look for the license server. You can set up your license with the License Register tool.
- Launch Maya > Ziva > Register License....
- Select Floating License > input the server address & port (your organization’s license administrator can tell you these pieces of information).
- Click Register.
A license file called
zivavfx.licis installed containing the given license server information. If a license server was already previously registered, the new license server information is prepended to it.
The status line at the bottom of the window shows if the operation was successful or not.
After your license is successfully registered, restart Maya to start working with Ziva VFX.
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