Description - Certificate Licensing

Certificate licensing is a type of license for running MHI products. Licensing is hosted by MHI, and shared with client machines over the Internet. Licensing is activated on the client machine in the form of a license certificate, and managed through a user web portal called MyCentre.

License Certificates

A license certificate is temporary and renewable authorization for running MHI products. When the product is launched, MyCentre login credentials are entered by the user. If a license is available, and if the user is authorized, the license certificate is saved to the client machine.

One license certificate will allow the user to run multiple instances of the product on their workstation.

Note - For PSCAD, this is one of the advantages of certificate licensing over lock-based licensing, in which the number of instances is more limited.

When the product is closed, the license certificate may be released back to the server, to be available to be checked out to another user. Or, the license certificate may be retained on the client machine, and an initial default checkout period of four weeks will be applied. If retained, this checkout period allows a user to launch and use the software if no Internet connection is available, making it portable. Or, if PSCAD is launched with Internet connection, the checkout period will be refreshed to a new four-week period.

Products Supported with Certificate Licensing

  • PSCAD:
       The Professional Edition, v4.5.3 and newer
       The Educational Edition, v4.5.4 and newer
       The Free Edition
       The Beta Edition
  • Enerplot
  • FACE
  • The PSCAD Initializer

License Management

Access to certificate licensing is managed by designated members of the organization, called WorkGroup Administrators. Refer to this article for further information.

PSCAD - Comparison of Certificate Licensing with Lock-Based Licensing

PSCAD may be licensed using either Certificate Licensing or Lock-based Licensing. Please refer to the attached document for a comparison between these two licensing configurations.