Floating License Installation

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License Installation


**These steps are for studio licenses and academic floating licenses. If you are using an evaluation licenses, indie licenses, or academic node-locked license, please visit the
Node-Locked License instructions page instead.

1. Install the Ziva VFX Maya Plugin

For Windows users, the easiest way to install the plugin is to use the Windows Installer. All you have to do is download the installer and run the .exe file.

If you are using Linux or would like more control over your Windows installation process you can:

  1. Download the .zip file, making sure to specify the correct OS and Maya version
  2. Extract the contents of the .zip file into your Maya module directory

2. Load ziva.mll into Maya

Go to Windows → Settings/Preferences → Plug-in Manager in Maya and load ziva.mll. If ziva.mll does not show up in the list by default, you can locate it using “Browse”. Once the plugin is loaded, you will see Ziva and Ziva Tools in your top menu bar. These menus contain all of the Ziva VFX functionalities, but can only be used once the license file has been set up.


3. Floating Licenses

Floating licenses are licenses that can be shared by users on the same network. Unlike Node-Locked licenses, Floating licenses must be managed by a license server. Please refer to the following steps to set up your floating license:

  1. In the same zip file from “Installing the Ziva VFX Maya Plugin”, browse to the “License-Server” directory and extract the contents of the RLM-server (windows or linux) zip file
  2. Place your license file in the same folder as rlm.exe
  3. Execute rlm.exe to start the server.
  4. If you are accessing the license file from another workstation, you will need to define an environment variable “zivadyn_LICENSE” containing the server address and port number so that the workstation will know where to look for the license server. On Windows, you can do this by going to My Computer -> System Settings -> Environment Variables. Here, you can add the variable zivadyn_LICENSE with value port@host (e.g. 12345@licenseserver or 54442@192.168.0.111). On Linux, you’ll want to use the 'setenv' command to do this.

You should now be able to use all of Ziva VFX functions in Maya. Please see License Troubleshooting if you run into any problems.

August 20, 2017

I have just bought Ziva VFX Authoring Studio Local Floating license.I downloaded the plugin installation file for Linux and the license file, but I don't know where to download the ISV module for the RLM server. The documentation states that I should have received a RLM server package from you (containing the ISV module I suppose) but I have not received it.

December 5, 2017

Hi, is there a MEL/Python command available in Maya to return the currently checked out license from an active Maya session? As for now we have to close Maya to release the license in use.