Shared multi-user ​access to IATA Standards

The Floating License (FL) solution is a great way to provide all your staff ​​with access to IATA standards electronically.

The number of floating licenses acquired equals the number of "open sessions" to a publication that can be accessed by users at the same time. One license = one user at a time. 10 licenses = 10 users at a time.​​

It is strongly recommended that you consult your organization's IT department prior to purchase, as installing the product will require IT support.

With the IATA Floating License solution, an IATA publication (for Windows®) can be made available to as many users within your organization as you want. With the IATA FL solution, licenses can be shared across large numbers of end users located in geographically dispersed offices.

An ideal solution for organizations with many end users requiring irregular or infrequent access to an IATA publication, the FL solution offers you greater flexibility and cost effectiveness.

Get flexible access

Make the IATA publication available to as many users within the organization as needed. Additional licenses can be easily added when access needs grow.

Easy to set up and administer

Setup of the IATA FL solution can often be completed quickly and easily. Once installed and configured, little intervention is typically needed. End users or IT staff aren’t required to activate individual applications. Review usage over time to assist with budgeting for future needs.

Works on a wide range of IT infrastructures

Highly flexible, the FL solution is compatible with most organizations' software distribution strategies. While the single user license version an IATA publication has to be installed and activated on each end user’s Windows computer, with the Floating License solution only the license server needs to be activated. After that, deploy the end user component as a distributed/virtual application, include it in virtual desktops, host it on a Windows Server, install it on computers, or combinations of those.

Save money

With licenses that can be shared by hundreds of individuals, the cost per end user can potentially be much lower than the single user alternative.​​​

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Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Book: Book and Windows format
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fixed page layout
    • Document Toolbox: Includes Level of Service, Capacity Calculations, Recommendations, and Other Reference Materials documents
    • Available on its own or in a combo
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Airport Handling Manual (AHM)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fixed page layout
    • Document Toolbox: Includes select AHM guidelines and specification extracts, fillable forms, checklists, Standard Ground Handling Agreements (all years) in PDF and/or DOC and/or XLS format, as well as a Ground Support Equipment Total Cost of Ownership Calculator in XLS format
    • Animations: Animated instructional Marshalling Signals section
    • Available on its own or in a combo
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Aviation Cyber Security Toolkit (ACST)

  • Floating License: License server and software
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Windows: Software for Windows
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Baggage Reference Manual (BRM)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Book
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Cargo-XML Toolkit (CXML)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fluid page layout
    • Document Toolbox: Includes message schemas and samples, white papers on Cargo-XML implementation strategy and air cargo digital connectivity, and Cargo-IMP PDFs.
    • Dynamic data area: Interactive XML message specification section
    • Includes Cargo-XML Scorecard section
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Book
    • Regular and spiral bound available, multiple languages available
    • Learn more...
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Responsive data grid: The complete List of Dangerous Goods
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group, report) and Document Toolbox of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fluid page layout
    • Dynamic data grid: Identification section (the complete List of Dangerous Goods)
    • Document Toolbox: Includes Shippers Declaration and select checklist fillable forms, and the DG Quick Reference Card, in PDF format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
  • Other
    • DG Auto-Check, DGR for EFB, DGR e-Lists, and other DG products available
    • Learn more...
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Dangerous Goods Regulations, French (DGR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Responsive data grid: The complete List of Dangerous Goods
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group, report) and Document Toolbox of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fluid page layout
    • Dynamic data grid: Identification section (the complete List of Dangerous Goods)
    • Document Toolbox: Includes Shippers Declaration and select checklist fillable forms, and the DG Quick Reference Card, in PDF format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Dangerous Goods Regulations, German (DGR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Responsive data grid: The complete List of Dangerous Goods
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group, report) and Document Toolbox of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fluid page layout
    • Dynamic data grid: Identification section (the complete List of Dangerous Goods)
    • Document Toolbox: Includes Shippers Declaration and select checklist fillable forms, and the DG Quick Reference Card, in PDF format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Dangerous Goods Regulations, Spanish (DGR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Responsive data grid: The complete List of Dangerous Goods
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group, report) and Document Toolbox of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fluid page layout
    • Dynamic data grid: Identification section (the complete List of Dangerous Goods)
    • Document Toolbox: Includes Shippers Declaration and select checklist fillable forms, and the DG Quick Reference Card, in PDF format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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IATA Cargo Handling Manual (ICHM)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
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IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Note: The Document Toolbox and animated Marshalling Signals of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fixed page layout
    • Document Toolbox: Includes select IGOM guidelines and specification extracts, fillable forms, checklists (in PDF and/or DOC format), and an IGOM Gap Analysis Checklist tool (XLS format)
    • Animations: Animated instructional Marshalling Signals
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
  • Combo: Book and Windows format
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IATA Technical Peripheral Specifications (ITPS)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

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Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Note: The animated packing examples and dynamic classification scenarios of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
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Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines, Chinese (LBSG)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Note: The animated packing examples and dynamic classification scenarios of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
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Live Animals Regulations (LAR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Book
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more...
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Data grid: Common and scientific names of animals
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group, report) and Document Toolbox of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fluid page layout
    • Dynamic data grid: Classification section (Common and scientific names of animals)
    • Document Toolbox: Includes a set of printable Special Insert documents (PDF) and fillable forms (DOC)
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Live Animals Regulations, French (LAR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Book
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more...
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Data grid: Common and scientific names of animals
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group, report) and Document Toolbox of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fluid page layout
    • Dynamic data grid: Classification section (Common and scientific names of animals)
    • Document Toolbox: Includes a set of printable Special Insert documents (PDF) and fillable forms (DOC)
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Live Animals Regulations, Spanish (LAR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Book
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more...
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Data grid: Common and scientific names of animals
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group, report) and Document Toolbox of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fluid page layout
    • Dynamic data grid: Classification section (Common and scientific names of animals)
    • Document Toolbox: Includes a set of printable Special Insert documents (PDF) and fillable forms (DOC)
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Load Control XML Messaging Toolkit (LCXML)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
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Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Data grid: List of perishables
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group) of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
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Perishable Cargo Regulations, French (PCR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Data grid: List of perishables
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group) of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
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Perishable Cargo Regulations, Spanish (PCR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
    • Fluid page layout
    • Data grid: List of perishables
    • Note: The dynamic grid features (filter, sort, group) of the Windows format are not included in Mobile format
    • Multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Mobile format...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
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Security Management Systems Manual (SeMS)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
  • Book: Book and Windows format
    • Bundled with the Windows format, not available on its own
    • Learn more...
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fixed page layout
    • Document Toolbox: Risk Assessment TRAM Demo Tool, Threat Assessment Form and Interactive Checklist in Excel format, with accompanying user guides (PDF), as well as printable content extracts of select SeMS sections (PDF)
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Temperature Control Regulations (TCR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fixed page layout
    • Document Toolbox: Includes a CEIV Pharma Guidelines document (PDF) and CEIV Pharma checklist (XLS)
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Temperature Control Regulations, French (TCR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fixed page layout
    • Document Toolbox: Includes a CEIV Pharma Guidelines document (PDF) and CEIV Pharma checklist (XLS)
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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Temperature Control Regulations, Spanish (TCR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)
    • Multiple languages available

Also Available:
  • Mobile: eBook for Bookshelf
  • Windows: IATA Reader for Windows document
    • Fixed page layout
    • Document Toolbox: Includes a CEIV Pharma Guidelines document (PDF) and CEIV Pharma checklist (XLS)
    • Available on its own or in a combo, multiple languages available
    • Learn more about the Windows format...
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ULD Regulations (ULDR)

  • Floating License: License server and IATA Reader document
    • Same end user features as Windows format
    • Shared license(s)

Also Available:
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Setup involves the installation of a license server service on a Windows Server computer within an organization's IT infrastructure. The end user component interacts with the license server for 'leases' of the floating licenses. The license server must have persistent internet access, in order to communicate with IATA's activation server. Client computers need persistent network access to the license server.

Product Overview

The product has two parts: A license server, and a client application. The product is available for Microsoft Windows® systems only.

The license server is installed on a Windows computer (typically Windows Server) and runs as a service. The license server manages license lease requests from the end user applications. The client application is installed on physical or virtual Windows computers, in a virtual desktop solution, in a distributed/virtual application solution, hosted on a terminal server, or a combination of those.

For IATA publication products released 2017 and later, the client component is made up of the IATA Reader for Windows® software, plus an IATA Reader publication document (for example the Dangerous Goods Regulations). IATA Reader is installed on client computers, and the publication document is installed and opened in the Reader. Multiple different IATA publication documents may be opened in the same IATA Reader application.

Setup Overview

  1. Select a Windows Server to act as license server host
  2. Select a TCP port for client-server communication
  3. Activate and install the license server
    The license server requires product activation and periodic validation (internet connectivity required)
    Note: Installing the license server in a VM hosted in a large hypervisor group requires special considerations
  4. Install the IATA Reader end user software on client computers (or in your alternate software deployment technology)
    IATA Reader may be installed for Current User or for All Users (elevation required)
  5. Install the IATA publication '.mirdoc' document on client computers
    The publication content (e.g. the DGR, AHM, LAR, etc.), opened within the IATA Reader, is always installed PER USER to user profile folders
  6. Adjust the configuration settings file (e.g. DGRconfig.ini) to include information about the license server host ('FLSIP' for computer name or IP address, 'FLSPort' for the selected TCP port)
  7. Apply the configuration settings file
    The file is stored with the publication content, PER USER in user profile folders
  8. Adjust communication layers between the client and server
    Security and network layers must permit communication on the chosen port

About the License Server

System Requirements

  • Install on a Windows computer (typically Windows Server), minimum Windows Server 2008. 32 and 64 bit OS supported
  • Administrator level permissions during installation
  • Internet connection for product activation and periodic validation
  • Persistent network connection (TCP/IP) for accepting and managing lease assignments
  • Multiple license servers (for different IATA products and different editions) can be hosted on the same computer, as long as each one uses a unique TCP port

Resource Usage

The license server manages license lease assignments to clients. All IATA publication content is stored on the end user computer, and all application functionality is performed by the end user application. The license server service has a small resource footprint. Processor & RAM usage are low, unless very large numbers of leases are being assigned and released constantly. The computer used to host the license server does not need to be powerful. The license server service can often be added to an existing Windows Server already performing light to moderate duties. The files making up the license server amount to about 5 MB in size.
As a general rule, powerful or multiple processors are not needed, large amounts of RAM are not needed, fast drives are not needed.

VM Considerations

The license server must remain activated in order to manage license leases. The license server relies on a stable underlying hardware ID for persistent activation. If the license server is installed on a VM, and the host hardware changes or is perceived to have changed, product deactivation is likely. This most commonly applies to hypervisor groups within which a VM may move from host to host.

    Options to mitigate the deactivation risks on a VM:
  • Anchor the VM to one specific host
  • Bind the VM to a set of hypervisors of identical hardware
  • Set the hypervisor group to propagate the same hardware ID (if applicable to the hypervisor technology in use)
  • Install the license server on a physical machine instead
  • Deactivate the license server whenever the VM may potentially move to a different host, then reactivate once it is on a new host

About the Client Application

System Requirements - IATA Reader for Windows

  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.x
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher
  • About 150 MB for the IATA Reader software install
    25 to 350 MB for the publication content (depending on the publication)

Software and Publication Content Install Locations

The IATA Reader software may be installed for Current User (to a user's profile folder) or for All Users (to e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)). The IATA Reader software is compatible with common deployment strategies (physical end user computer, VM, VDI, distributed app, terminal server).
Important: The publication content (e.g. Dangerous Goods Regulations) viewed within the IATA Reader software is not installed to the same location. The content must always be installed for Current User, to a user's profile folder. IATA Reader always reads publication content from:
%userprofile%\AppData\Local\IATA\Reader\1.0.0.0\Library.
Publication content must therefore be replicated per user.


How many users in my company can install the IATA application?

With the floating license solution, an IATA application may be installed on as many end user Windows computers as an organization wishes. The number of users who can open and use the IATA application at the same time will equal the number of floating licenses held. For example, an IATA application might be installed on 50 computers across several offices. With 5 licenses, 5 users will be able to open and use the IATA application at a time. A 6th user wishing to open the application will need to wait until one of the 5 users closes his/her copy of the application.

Which infrastructure types is the FL solution compatible with?

The floating license solution is highly flexible. It can be used in a variety of technology infrastructure environments, as long as a Microsoft Windows OS system is available to host the floating license server and end user application. The FL solution can be used in a terminal server setup (e.g. Microsoft Windows Server RDS with RDWeb), distributed to end users in a virtual/published application setup (e.g. with Citrix XenApp or Microsoft App-V), made available within a VDI environment, or installed in a virtual or physical computer.

Can the FL solution be installed in a virtual environment?

End User IATA Application: The IATA Reader application included in an FL solution is compatible with physical and virtual computers, terminal server hosting, and virtual application distribution. Note: Publication content (e.g. the Dangerous Goods Regulations) is installed separately from the IATA Reader software. Publication content must always be stored per user, at %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IATA\Reader\1.0.0.0\Library.
Floating License Server: The license server component in an FL setup must undergo product activation. The activation is bound to a hardware ID. The hardware ID must remain constant for the license to remain activated. On a physical machine the hardware ID can be expected to remain constant (barring significant changes to the system). On a virtual machine, steps may need to be taken to stabilize the underlying hardware ID.
For example, with a license server installed on a VM hosted in a large cloud hosting environment, or hosted in a multi-member on premises hypervisor group, the VM may move to a different host each time it is restarted. The underlying hardware ID may change on each host, and the license server may become deactivated. In such a case anchoring the VM to a specific host, or otherwise stabilizing the VM’s hardware ID will be necessary.

Will the FL solution work on Mac computers?

The FL solution includes two components: A license server and an end user application. The license server must be hosted on a Windows OS. The end user application must be installed within a Windows OS. The end user application can be installed within a virtual Windows computer hosted on a Mac computer. Support of the FL solution on the Mac platform is limited to such a scenario.

What network connectivity is needed for the FL solution?

The floating license server requires persistent internet connectivity. At the time of license server activation an internet connection is needed, and the license server periodically communicates with IATA’s activation servers for continued activation validation.
Persistent TCP/IP network connectivity (over a customizable TCP port) between the end user application(s) and the license server is needed for lease management.

Who should install the FL solution?

One or more members of an organization’s IT team must perform the setup operations. Actions are needed on at least one Windows Server system for installation of the floating license server. Security devices in between the FL license server and the end user IATA application(s) may need to be configured to allow the correct communication traffic between the two. Depending on the end user application distribution method used, system administrator permissions may be needed as well on the end user systems.
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