Posts Tagged ‘licensing’

How to set up SDL-Trados 2009 Licensing Server

No time getting this post in shape since SDL is keeping me on my toes by changing the licensing infrastructure for 2011 (abandoned FlexLM), but for what it is worth: the difficultty with FLexLM was managing the licensing service from the proviced GUI, I had to resort to restarting it manually through services.msc.   flexlm-001flexlm-002-sdl-trados-studio-2009-licenses-stand-201103aflexlm-003-sdl-trados-studio-2009-licenses-stand-201103flexlm-005flexlm-007flexlm-021flexlm-023flexlm-025flexlm-027flexlm-029flexlm-031flexlm-033flexlm-035flexlm-037

How to do Sanako Oral Exams with large classes, but few licenses: A workaround using partial classroom layouts

When you open the Study1200 tutor, a dialogue comes  up which lets you select you the “classroom layout’. What this actually means – since the physical classroom (LRC layout) is obviously immutable –, is: which computers do you want the Study1200 to connect.

The “template classroom” (this happens to be just  the default name within Sanako) tries to connect all students logged in on computer in COED434  to the teacher from the “corridor” (= where Study1200 leaves all computers that it knows of, but that you do “into” want to let into the classroom; the corridor has link in the bottom center of the Study1200 teacher window, and it flashes if there is a change “in “ the corridor Stuy1200 wants to make you aware of) that the Study1200.

However, beyond the 20th client (first come, first serve), this will fail because of licensing restrictions, and a grey exclamation mark will appear in the classroom layout in the Study1200 window for these student icons.

The “left-half”and “right-half” layouts that I created load only the computers in either the left or right half of the COED434 classroom (each without the wall/window-facing computers at the very edges) into the classroom layout (other logged-in students will remain in the “corridor”, linked in the bottom center of the tutor interface, if you want to add select students – note that the student icon will not appear on screen in their approximate physical position in the classroom.

You can also bring up the dialogue from which you can choose classroom layout after the initial startup of the  tutor: Go to top menu: file / classroom layout. A 45-second screencast of this switching  our classroom layouts in Sanako Study 1200 is available for download (requires Windows Media player).

In the screencast, you can see how the visual layout on screen reflects the physical layout in the classroom (the number labels on top of our computer monitors appear (optionally) in seat numbers): rotate by 90% clock- or counterclockwise (I wish we would have not only more licenses, but also a higher screen resolution. Stay tuned).

This technique of splitting the classroom, unloading and loading half of it at a time, you can exploit for administering oral exams consecutively with class sizes (current maximum is 25/30, depending on level) that exceed the number of licenses we have (currently 20 + teacher).

This technique of excluding computers from connecting to the teacher we could also use to merge the listening station computers, even though they have a different audio hardware configuration (analog headsets only, no Sanako headsets with built-in sound card and disabled on board sound) into the main software image without consuming valuable licenses – not without other problems.

Cheap Microsoft Software: At work licensing

University staff can purchase the following Microsoft software for a nominal fee (<£20, including s&h) under the Microsoft at Work agreement:

  1. Office Enterprise 2007 Work at Home Media
  2. Office Mac 2008 Work at Home Media
  3. Windows XP Professional w/SP3 Work at Home Student Media
  4. Windows Vista Business w/SP1 Upgrade Work at Home Media
  5. Project Pro 2007 Win32 English Disk Kit Student Media EMEA Only CD
  6. Visual Studio Pro 2008 English Disk Kit Student Media EMEA Only DVD
  7. Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Win32 English Disk Kit Student Media EMEA


I put the Order form for staff on: “J:\Humanities arts and languages (HAL)\Language_services\software\Microsoft\Work at Home order form from Civica – London Met U.pdf”.

Adobe-PDF support

Students often need to convert PDF files to Word, beyond having to select and copy/paste page by page in Acrobat Reader, text (preserve formatting, images, tables), including deleting carriage returns.


Re the latter, AFAIK even Acrobat Full cannot retain paragraphs without breaking it up line by line with carriage returns. This seems to be inherent to the nature of pdf as a page drawing language concerned with representation, not content.

Most students also need to convert from Word to PDF, e.g. for their CVs.


The Moorgate software image does not only seem to include “Acrobat Reader 9, but also an unspecified “PDF conversion utility” which seems to be PdfCreator 0.9 (see I explain using it here.


There are a number of other free pdf-creators around, with varying abilities, like primopdf, winpdf, bullzip… If you find something better, add a comment here.


There is also a free “Create PDF” service at, limited to 5 pdfs (per email address?), and a conversion from pdf to html at


KDE office on Linux is said to be able to convert PDF to editable formats.


Gmail and Google docs can view PDF documents as HTML in the browser.


Note that Office 2007 can convert Word to PDF (and much more) and that  HE Students can buy all of Office 2007 Ultimate at a hardly more than nominal fee (< £40) through


University staff can get Microsoft Software for a nominal fee under the Work “at home” license agreement, see here.

For further study, refer to