Installation and activation in VM-based studio environment

Hi all.

Since the Synthesizer V uses online activation, and I run my PCs in a virtual Hyper-V enviroment, is it possible to activate via another PC? Also, after activation, does it still need to check online now and then? I am asking because virtual computers allow for “snapshots” (frozen in time) which saves me and others from reimaging.

Activation happens at the time of entering the code, and the activation servers are not contacted again until you manually deactivate the product.

This means there is no requirement to have an internet connection to maintain an activation, but it also means there is no way to remotely deactivate the product.

Each product code has three uses. These are not intended to be used simultaneously, but rather they account for situations where you are unable to deactivate the software before moving it to a new device.

Deactivating the software “refunds” one use of the activation code, so as long as deactivation is completed successfully you will not run out and can move the software between devices without limit.

If an activation is compromised (due to hardware changes/failure, OS reinstallation, or firmware changes) then it may be lost, and the lack of remote revocation means your code would have one fewer uses from that point onward.

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I wonder how it will react in a high-availability environment, where the same virtual PC “floats”, even while running, to a different server, which has a slightly different CPU? The Windows PC installation ID, LAN MAC address and misc. hardware remains the same EXCEPT the CPU it self (changes ID).

This is what makes sure that a studio is always up and running, even when hardware fails and you have artists visiting from abroad:

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Synthesizer V Studio licenses are per-user, not per device. Each user must own their own license.

Any perceived hardware changes in your VM scenario might result in the license being invalidated, so I would recommend if you have shared machines that each user proactively deactivates their copy before shutting down the VM.

If you have any questions about how to manage SynthV activation in a studio environment you might want to reach out to Dreamtonics directly ([email protected]).

2.4 The license granted by Dreamtonics to the User allows this SVD to be used only by one natural person and to be installed only on limited devices (designated by Dreamtonics) owned by the same User. In the event that this SVD is purchased by an entity or an organization, each natural person within this entity or organization should obtain a separate license.

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A virtual PC isn’t a shared PC, it’s “just” a PC which is running on 1 server which sends all changes in the virtual PC to a second server - and if the first server breaks for any reason, the second server takes over. Using the virtual PC by remote, the user will not even detect that the server broke down. This is why it’s called “high availability” - not even hardware failure will bring down the PC.

Unfortunately, not everyone has kept up with these modern times where downtime just isn’t allowed to happen. So this is why I’m asking…

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I brought up the license terms because you mentioned “artists visiting from abroad”, apologies if I misunderstood. It’s not uncommon for virtual machine images to be cloned and shared between many users.

As for your use case, it’s probably still best to reach out to Dreamtonics. It’s not public knowledge exactly how the activation identifies if it has been moved to a new device.

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Anyone copying a virtual computer with licensed software to others is doing damage to his/her own business - as the competitive edge will be gone. The better the software, the better the competitive advantage.You want to have something which your competition doesn’t have.

I have sent them an email.

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It’s extremely common in education environments where each logged-in student is allocated a “floating VM” with pre-activated software on it (but of course in those situations the software is licensed accordingly).

I don’t doubt there are many companies that use a similar system for their employee workstations.

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