How CFAR Licensing Works

CFAR is licensed on a per-user basis. That means each user who wants to create and/or run reports in CFAR requires a license. Here's how licensing works:


  • Until CFAR has been activated, it runs in "inactivated" mode. You are asked each time you run CFAR if you want to activate it. If you choose to do so, a Registration dialog appears. On the last page of this dialog is a registration number. This registration number is based on several factors, one of which is information about the system where CFAR is installed (not necessarily the workstation that it's running on, but the system where the program resides). When given the registration number, Rose Valley Software Studio provides an activation code to register CFAR. The activation code is also based on several factors, including the registration number, serial number, and number of licenses purchased. Licensing information is stored in a file named SFQuery.lic in the Data subdirectory of the program folder.
  • Users in the Administrators user group (such as the ADMIN user) are the only ones who have access to the Maintain Users and Groups dialog in CFAR. In that dialog, an administrative user can only define as many user accounts as there are licenses. They can also specify which users use which licenses if more that one type of license is installed. For example, if there are two Report Designer and five Report Viewer licenses, they can define up to two users as Report Designers and five users as Report Viewers.
  • When you log in, CFAR does two checks. The first is how many users are currently running CFAR. If all licenses are currently in use (for example, five users are currently in CFAR and there are only five licenses in total), you are informed of this and CFAR terminates. The second check is whether another user is logged in with the same user name. If so, you are informed of this and CFAR terminates.
So CFAR licensing is a combination of named users (you can only define as many user names as there are licenses) and concurrent use (only as many users as there are licenses can be logged in at the same time).