[Athen] Sharing Jaws and Zoomtext licenses Across Subnets?

Al Puzzuoli alpuzz at msu.edu
Mon Feb 21 08:40:57 PST 2011

At MSU, we are using server based licenses for most of our AT . Our primary network of labs spans the majority of campus. The labs are on their own network segment and the license servers work just fine. However, we are increasingly dealing with situations in which departments have set up their own labs. In these scenarios, I'm not finding many perfect solutions. We have enough concurrent licenses to go around, but no good way of distributing them.

The zoomtext license server is a joke when it comes to security. It requires that a shared folder be exposed and read, and I think also write permissions be granted to everyone. Definitely not something I would want to open up for campus wide use. I know there is a dongle based version of Zoomtext, but that introduces its own set of problems. First of all, I don't feel that we should have to spend any more money because we have already bought the number of licenses we need. Then there are the headaches associated with keeping track of the dongles.

Jaws presents similar issues. I think the security is better on the Jaws license server, but I'm unsure as to whether it can be effectively shared between subnets. I suppose it might be possible to set up some firewall rules wherein the proper ports are opened to certain IP addresses or certain subnets? Has anyone done this?
Thanks for any thoughts,

Al Puzzuoli

Information Technologist

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities 517-884-1915 120 Bessey Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1033 http://www.rcpd.msu.edu

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