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How to use Sibelius Licence Checkout

Applies to
Sibelius 6.2 or later, network multi-seat license

The Sibelius licence servers version 6.2 and above allow clients to check out a license to run off the network.  This is useful for allowing a teacher or student to borrow a copy from your multi-seat license for use at home, whilst still retaining overall control of the license yourself.

Configuring the licence server

NB: You must be running Sibelius 6.2 or higher to use this feature.

  1. Start the Licence Server Control Panel, and click the Licences tab.
  2. Select your licence from the list, and click the Check out settings button.
  3. Tick the allow check box and set the number of clients you wish to allow to check out licenses.

    Sibelius check-out settings

Checking out the licence from the client

  1. Start Sibelius.
  2. File > Help > Check out licence (on Sibelius 6, click Help > Check out licence)
  3. Sibelius will now allow you to specify the amount of time you wish to check a licence out for, up to the period specified in the licence server control panel.
  4. If successful, you’ll see this message:

    Sibelius checkout success

Checking in a licence from the client

The checked out licence will automatically expire on the client and re-appear in the licence server, but should you wish to check in early, you can do as follows:

  1. Connect the client machine to the network.
  2. Start Sibelius, and click File > Help > Check in licence (or Help > Check in licence on Sibelius 6).

Revoking a licence from a client

If it is not possible to re-connect the client machine to the server (for example, in the event of machine failure), you can manually revoke a checked out licence as follows:

  1. Open the Licence Server Control panel.
  2. Click the Clients tab.
  3. Select the computer that is no longer available from the clients list, and click the Revoke button.
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If you are running a network licence of Sibelius 6.2 or later, and you want to allow some or all of your users to run off the network, you can check the licence out to them. This article describes how.
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