Software Licensing Services FAQ

What is a Department Liaison?
Each department is requested to designate an employee to act as a liaison or license manager between the department and SLS (more than one liaison can be designated for a department). The liaison will be Software Licensing Services's point of contact in regard to licensing ordered. The liaison will be able to designate who can have access to all software and software keys and where the software should be delivered within the department.
What is a Technical Contact?
A technical contact is a computer support person, designated by the Department Liaison, as a person who will assist with the installation of software for a department. The technical contact will be given access to the downloads, installation files, and instructions as necessary.
What type of licensing am I eligible for?
The software licenses can be broadly divided into Departmental, Faculty/Staff, and Student. Depending on your affiliation with the University of Florida, you may obtain the software licenses in the different ways.
Departmental: Software products offered for use on University of Florida owned Departmental Computers. This licensing is purchased through a designated license manager who is responsible for distribution of the software to primary users.
Faculty/Staff: Software products offered for home-use by University of Florida Faculty,Staff, and employees. Please note: Any students with an on-campus job, such as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or any position in an office, qualify for both employee and student licensing.
Student:Software products offered for home-use by University of Florida Students. A must be currently enrolled in class work to be designated as a student.
What are the different types of licensing?
The definitions of different types of licensing are shown below.
Site Licenses: Licenses owned by a single department or college. Users can run a software simultaneously. Licensing is restricted to the number of users using the particular software at one time, rather than the physical number of copies installed.
Lease Licenses: Licensing is owned for a particular period. For most licenses the period is one year, expiring on a particular maintenance end date. The listing of each products end date can be found under the schedules page. With some exceptions, the license period is not pro-rated for those entering into an agreement in the middle of the licensing period. During the renewal period there is an amount of time where new license purchases are grand fathered into the new period.
Perpetual Licenses: This is a license to use the software for an unspecified period of time. The license is paid for once and does not need to be renewed. Unless a maintenance agreement is available and purchased, the version of the software purchased can not be upgraded.
Single Workstation Licensing: This license is purchased for use on a single computer. If the software is no longer being used on a computer, the software can be removed from the original computer, and then installed on a new computer. Please update the computer and license information with Software Licensing Services when a computer changes.
Concurrent Licensing: Concurrent Uplift gives the department the right to use the product so that several workstations (computers) can access the program at the same time as long as the number of users never exceeds the number of concurrent licenses possessed. In most cases concurrent licensing is metered internally by a departments IT Staff. The department must maintain and use adequate verification or monitoring software to manage the concurrent usage.
Network Licensing: Network Licensing allows for the use of dep`artment licensing on multiple computers and, in certain cases, in a lab environment. Network Licensing uses metering software. Some software require metering internally from the department. The following Network Licenses can be metered through Software Licensing Services: Autodesk, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab, Minitab, and X-win32.
How do home-use licenses work?
For most products, the primary user of a product that is installed on a computer at work, can also install and use the software on one secondary computer of the same platform at home or on a portable computer. However, the software can not be simultaneously used on both the primary and secondary computers.

For more information about the availability of home-use licenses for specific products, please see the home-use term's on that product's main page. Home-use licenses are not available