There are two primary types of licensing administration for STAR-CCM+: Flexlm and Power on Demand (PoD) licensing. This is important to understand since all STAR-CCM+ add on's (Optimate+, Optimate, CAD clients [ex: STAR-NX], EHP, etc.]) work on Flexlm. However, Power on Demand covers STAR-CCM+ but not the afore mentioned add on's. Please take a moment to read about the differences:
Power on demand (PoD) is a licensing option only for STAR-CCM+ that contains a set number of hours for the year. When a simulation is opened (whether it is for preprocessing, post processing, or running) the system starts drawing from the pool of hours till the time the simulation is closed. Note that this is INDEPENDENT of the number of cores you open a simulation for. For example, 1 simulation opened with 1 cores VS 1 simulation opened with 1000 cores would both consume hours at the same rate.
Power on demand allows for:
How PoD works:
Start by going to the Steve Portal (https://thesteveportal.plm.automation.siemens.com/), licensing section, create a key, copy that key, go to STAR-CCM+, go to new or load simulation, and select PoD (Power on Demand). This will let you paste in this key into the user interface (note you can save this configuration so you don’t have to paste this key in every time) and click OK. STAR-CCM+ then goes to our servers across an internet connection to check this key, and once validated it releases the license of STAR-CCM+.
I've put the license key (the department head gave me) into a license.dat file and invoking startccm+ like this "starccm+ -licfile ~/.star-12-04-11/license.dat" but it doens't seem to take it. Is there a flat config or XML file I can put the key in?