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Plan Your Network Installation

Configuration

For network installations, MathWorks® uses a license manager program, FLEXlm®, a product of Flexera Software, Inc. (referred to in this documentation as the license manager).

In a local client access configuration, you install the license manager on a server, and you install MATLAB® on each client system. The license manager uses license keys to control access to MathWorks products. MATLAB checks out a license key when it starts up or uses functions in other products. When all the keys for a particular product are checked out, the license manager denies further requests.

To set up a network installation, you must install the FlexNet® license manager on a server and install MathWorks products on client workstations.

  • Installing the license manager on a server — For network installations, you must install the FlexNet license manager to control product access. You install the license manager on a server that is available to all your network users, referred to in this documentation as the license server.

  • Installing MathWorks products on each client system — Install the product files on each client system. Client systems must be able to connect to the license server over a network.

    You can choose online or offline installation and activation, and you can choose to perform the installations yourself or have others do it.

You can use the MathWorks installer to perform both types of installations.

If you want to integrate MathWorks products into an already established license management scheme, you can copy the MathWorks license management daemons onto your system instead of using the installer to install license manager. For instructions, see Update License Manager Software (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

Note

Activate the license for the installation before you run the installer. To retrieve the License File needed for your configuration, visit the License Center at the MathWorks website. Provide the Host ID of the system on which you intend to run the license manager when requesting a License File. You specify the location of your License File during installation.

Installation Procedures for FlexNet License Manager

It is a good practice to install the license manager before installing MATLAB. Doing so makes it easier to verify your MATLAB installations, because you can confirm the client machines are accessing the license server correctly at the time of installation.

Select one of the following installation procedures for the license manager:

After you have installed the license manager, select a procedure for installing MATLAB.

Installation Procedures for MATLAB

To install MATLAB on end-user systems, you must be an administrator for the licenses that you want to install. The person performing the installation must have or create a MathWorks Account and add the license to their account.

To determine whether you are an administrator for one or more licenses:

  1. Log in to your MathWorks Account.

  2. Select a license in the displayed list.

Use the following table to help you choose an appropriate MATLAB installation procedure.

Type of InstallationPerson Who InstallsProcedures

Install and activate interactively with an Internet connection

Administrator or end user

Follow the instructions in Install Products with an Internet Connection (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

If you want the end user to install the software:

Note

To install the software but leave the activation for the end user, at the end of installation, clear the checkbox for Activate MATLAB and click Finish. Have user follow the procedure described in Activate an Installation with an Internet Connection (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

Administrator downloads installer. End user installs and activates interactively with an Internet connection.

Administrator and end user

  1. Follow the instructions in Download Products Without Installation (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

  2. If the machine you used to download is not the target machine, copy the download files to the client machine or put them in a network-accessible location.

  3. Give end user the installation artifacts they need as described in Provide Products and Licensing Information to Clients (Installation, Licensing, and Activation)

  4. Have end user follow the instructions in Install Products with an Internet Connection (Installation, Licensing, and Activation)

Install and activate interactively on an offline computerAdministrator only
  1. Follow the instructions in Download Products Without Installation (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

  2. If the machine you used to download is not the target machine, copy the download files to the client machine or put them in a network-accessible location.

  3. Install MathWorks Software on Client Systems (Installation, Licensing, and Activation)

Note

To install the software but leave the activation for the end user, at the end of installation, clear the checkbox for Activate MATLAB and click Finish. Have user follow the procedure described in Activate an Installation with an Internet Connection (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

Administrator downloads installer. End user installs and activates interactively on an offline computer.Administrator and end user
  1. Follow the instructions in Download Products Without Installation (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

  2. If the machine you used to download is not the target machine, copy the download files to the client machine or put them in a network-accessible location.

  3. Give end user the installation artifacts they need as described in Provide Products and Licensing Information to Clients (Installation, Licensing, and Activation). Also make sure you give end user the File Installation Key (FIK).

  4. Have the end user follow the instructions in Install Products Without Internet Access (Installation, Licensing, and Activation).

Silent (noninteractive) installation

Instead of performing the installation interactively and providing the information requested by each dialog box, you can run the installer noninteractively. In this mode, you enter all required information into a properties file.

Administrator only

Install Noninteractively (Silent Installation) (Installation, Licensing, and Activation)

Next Steps

After you have installed MATLAB on end user machines, you can investigate MATLAB configuration and startup options, such as:

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