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License Types

User/PC License

A 'User/PC License' allows a single person to install, register and operate EstateMaster on a single computer (desktop or laptop) only. Data files may be stored on the computer or on a server.

If more than one computer requires EstateMaster  to be installed and registered on it, whether for the same person (who holds a user licence on another computer) or for a different person, this constitutes an 'Additional User/PC Licence' and an additional fee is payable. For example, if a single person requires EstateMaster on their PC, and also on their portable laptop, this constitutes two (2) User/PC Licenses.

This licence type is suitable for:

  • Single users.
  • Small-medium organisations where all the users need access to the software very frequently.
  • Small-medium organisations where there is no dedicated IT department or no server infrastructure to support the CAS Licences.

Important Note
User/PC Licences are only available for PCs/Notebooks and cannot be used on Servers.

CAS (Concurrent Access Session) Licences

A 'CAS License' (Concurrent Access Session) allows for the use of the EstateMaster software by multiple users simultaneously on the same network.

The number of CAS Licences determines the number of users that may operate EstateMaster simultaneously via one of the methods below. For example, if a company purchases 1 CAS Licences and 1 users is currently operating the software, the 2nd user will have to wait for the 1st user to close the software before they can open it. Additional CAS Licences can be acquired at any time to allow more concurrent users of the software.

There are 2 types of CAS Licences:

Client-Server (Floating) CAS Licence

This is also known as a 'Floating Network' licence. The software is installed on individual computers. A Licence Server application is installed on another machine on the same network to control access to the software on the individual computers based on the number of CAS licenses.

This licence type is suitable for:

  • Organisations where the users need access to the software infrequently and the licences can be shared between multiple users on the same LAN.
  • Organisations that wish to wish have concurrent licensing options but do not have a Terminal Server.
  • Organisations that have a Terminal Server Farm.

Important Note For using a Floating Licence over a WAN
The Client-Server (Floating) CAS Licence uses UDP Broadcasting to establish a communication with the Network Licence Server and the client machines running EstateMaster.  Over a WAN/VPN, these broadcast messages typically are not received by the server due to network configurations blocking this type of communication (e.g. firewalls, routers, etc). A Licence Server Finder utility is available to manually specify the IP address of your server in this scenario, which may resolve this issue in most cases.

Terminal Server CAS Licence

This license type is no longer available to purchase for new licences, as the Client-Server (Floating) CAS Licence is more flexible and robust.

The software is installed on a Terminal Server (e.g Microsoft Terminal Server, Citrix Server, etc) and the users access the software via a remote desktop connection. The server limits access to the software based on the number of CAS licenses.

This licence type is suitable for:

  • Organisations where the users need access to the software infrequently and the licences can be shared between multiple users.
  • Organisations that already operate other software applications via a Terminal Server to streamline application deployment and maintenance.
  • Organisations that need users to access the software remotely from an offsite location (i.e. home).
  • Organisations or individuals who wish to set up the software on a Virtual Machine in a public cloud (Please Note: Running a Windows Desktop Operating System, such as Windows 7 or 8, in a public cloud is not allowed as described in the Microsoft Product use Rights. Therefore, the only EstateMaster Licence that is permissible on a Windows Server Operating System is a CAS Licence).

Important Note for Terminal Server Farms Users
Organisations that have a Terminal Server Farm must use Client-Server (Floating) CAS Licences, instead of the Terminal Server CAS Licences.

What is a Terminal Server? It is a server running a certain program (such as Windows Remote Desktop or Citrix Metaframe), that allows other PCs to connect and use its resources and applications.

With CAS licencing, any computer connected to the Terminal Server can operate EstateMaster. Once the CAS limit is reached, no more uses can access the software until one of the active users exits the software.

Please read this additional information about Terminal Server CAS Licensing before purchasing.

License Terms

Perpetual License

Most EstateMaster products are based on perpetual license terms. A perpetual license is a one-time license fee that allows continued use of the software program for as long as the customer complies with all terms of the license agreement. The software can upgraded to the latest version if an EstateMaster Annual Software Maintenance contract is held for that license.

Subscription License

Also known as 'Non-Perpetual' licenses, subscription licenses are temporary and provide the right to use a particular licensed product until the end of the license agreement term. The license will expire on a certain date (normally a year after purchase) and the software will not be able to run any more unless the contract is renewed/extended.

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