MacroView DMF and Message licenses must be activated or refreshed by an administrator annually or when changes and additions are made. How this is done differs depending on whether you are using Office 365 (SharePoint Online), on-premises SharePoint with MacroView DMF server or on-premises SharePoint in Client Side Only mode. Administrators should refer to the the following articles for more information:
- MacroView DMF Installation and Configuration Guide (available on the on download page)
- Managing MacroView 365 and Client Side Only licenses
- Refreshing your MacroView licence
- How to activate DMF and Message plug-ins
Once your administrator has activated or refreshed the MacroView DMF or Message licence, the new license expiry date will be picked up automatically by DMF or Message when accessing your SharePoint server or Office 365 (SharePoint Online) tenant.
When does DMF or Message check for a license?
MacroView DMF and Message checks a local license file on a regular basis to determine if the license has expired or is due to expire within the next 10 days. It also obtains or refreshes the local license file if one does not already exist, the expiry date in the local file has elapsed or at least once per week when DMF or Message is in use.
The new or updated license file is obtained from the SharePoint server or from the MacroView Licensing website for Office 365 (SharePoint Online) or when in Client Side Only mode.
What happens when a license is nearing expiry?
If the expiry date on the local license file is within the next 10 days, MacroView DMF and Message will display a systems tray message and a gold bar warning above the file list advising the user that the license is about to expire.
In MacroView DMF and Message 8.6.103 and later the gold bar message also includes the above Refresh Licenses button so that the user can force a refresh once the administrator has updated the server license.
Note: This warning is not displayed if the VIPUser setting has been enabled by your administrator.
Clicking Refresh Licenses is the equivalent of refreshing the DMF or Message client licence from the Options dialog.
What happens when a license expires?
If the expiry date on the local license file has elapsed, MacroView DMF and Message attempt to obtain a an updated license file from the SharePoint server or MacroView Licensing Website and if successful will update the local file and continue to function normally.
If an updated license file cannot be obtained, a system tray message and a gold bar warning above the file list advises the user that the license has expired.
When the license has expired functionality will be restricted until such time as the license is renewed.
In MacroView DMF and Message 8.6.103 and later the gold bar message also includes the above Refresh Licenses button so that the user can force a license refresh once the administrator has updated the server license.